We found our main concepts for the design proposal of the new Library in Guadalajara in the description of the library’s vision for its new building; “To be the most important public library and information service institution in Mexico and to propitiate the integral development of all the socio-economic groups in Jalisco through the provision of an efficient, high quality library and information services that are effective and permanently accessible and that correspond to the changes and necessities of the time”. This statement inspired us to develop two essential design concepts: the library Context [its social and cultural function] and the library Content [its knowledge-based innovative and communicative system].
The traditional way of fishing in Mexico is through large nets, which gather all the fish in one large swoop. These inventive extendable Tarascan Indian butterfly fishnets allow the fisherman to form a circle with their boats and plunge their large shared net to catch the tiny fish. We used the idea of “net” here as a social analogue for the gathering spaces of people as well as the internet, the continuous electronic connectivity. The library is organized around these “nets”, which give visual connections through the space. They accommodate the social and cultural functions such as exhibition spaces, classrooms and auditoria, where people meet, discuss and learn.
The library, traditionally a system of stacks, is here translated as a hyper-textual, free set of spatial connections within the library organization, where free association is facilitated between knowledge and subject based floors connected by the net spaces. Browsing is stimulated, and an overview over fields of knowledge is provided.
The library is elevated over the ground to facilitate movement from the street into the Campus. Programmatic bands unwind as a translucent knowledge skin around the space, at once containing the traditional stacks in its layers as well as creating an open space within, organized around the net spaces.