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Second Year Student Projects at Edinburgh School of Architecture
Architectural Education Work Progress by Daniel Lomholt-Welch, Scotland
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Year 2, Semester 2: Valencia
Valencia Community Library building design
DIVISION // A Library for Valencia
Sectional 1:250 model showing entire proposal:
21 July 2019
Edinburgh School of Architecture Second Year Student Projects
A library. A place of learning, a place of knowledge, not just for dusty old books, but for people too. Libraries have been an integral part of society for millennia and have doubtlessly inspired countless great minds.
However, the rise of the internet, and digital information as a whole, have led many to question: do we really still need libraries?…
Libraries, in turn, have had to evolve. They are no longer just a library. Now, they function as cafes, computer suites, function rooms, community centres and more. People may visit a library and not see a single book, despite engaging with a variety of activities there. This aforementioned change in how we process and use information has resulted in something called a “digital divide”, which is the divide between those who can access this online information, and those who cannot. Libraries are also often seen as a tool for implementing social change.
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Therein, lies the essence of the brief to design a library. The creation of a place which stores knowledge, and nowadays, also creates a community hub for the surrounding area. It is the creation of a community that is the crux of the matter for the designer, as it is arguably much harder to create a community, than a place to store knowledge.
The research done prior to the site visit gave a much fuller experience, as it provided a wealth of background knowledge, not just about the nature of the city, but why it is that way.
The usage of libraries in the area was a major interest of mine, as it would define how I would envisage the proposal being used.
27.7% of adults in Spain have learning difficulties – 2nd highest in the EU, out of 27 countries. In the UK this figure is only 16.6%
In Valencia, only 42.1% of the population use the library compared to 47% of people nationwide.
The number of libraries in the communidad de Valencia fell by 23 from 2012 – 2014, (the 3rd highest decrease out of 19 municipalities).
Prior to visiting Valencia, I thought it was important to investigate the social and economic situation of the city, as I had heard before that the city had struggled after the 2008 financial crisis. The statistics proved this explicitly.
25% of people in Valencia live in poverty, compared to 22.2% in the rest of Spain. Valencia’s figure rose 5% from 2007 to 2014.
Spain has the highest school drop-out rate in the entire EU: 23.5%.
Shaped by both my initial investigation of El Cabanal / Valencia, and the actual visit itself, I had a clear idea of the concept that I wanted to back my design.
Society can be divided in a variety of ways; geographically, economically, and culturally, to name a few. Separated geographically from the rest of the city, El Cabanal is seen by some as a run-down haven for drug addicts and criminals, that is even divided within itself, both physically in the form of the old train tracks that now forms a green space, and culturally, between the Spanish and the Roma.
So, I decided to create a network that was not linked by physicality, but by the architectural language it uses. We see these networks all the time, from fast-food outlets, to clothes shops, and hotels. Why couldn’t there be an architectural language that represents something positive, rather than just brand images?
The network that is formed across Valencia consists of seven disused sites, chosen because of their proximity to recently closed libraries, the area’s poverty, or crime levels. It was important to create a simple architectural language to be used across the network – which takes after the language created at the El Cabanal intervention. This language is defined by the standard-dimension, stone clad building blocks, and the latticework canopy, inspired by the Metropol Parasol in Seville.
Being an individual project, every single decision rests upon our own shoulders. It requires decisiveness, and the ability to create the options to force those decisions to happen. There is a fine line to tread, between not creating enough of these options, or creating too many, and paralysing the mind through indecision. The design itself probably matters a lot less than the process of learning that we went on.
Year 2, Semester 1: In Place
Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh
Architectural institute proposal
Daniel Lomholt-Welch, Xinyi Yu, Olga Kovaleva
All work by Daniel Lomholt-Welch, unless otherwise stated.
Our proposal was based on creating a thoroughfare between two busy streets. This involved creating bold spaces throughout the proposal, investigating contraction / expansion of space.
Along the thoroughfare there are a variety of amenities designed to integrate the general public into the architecture school, such as galleries, shops and an exposed sunken workshop.
The proposal is a concrete structure, with timber fenestration that is at a frequency depending on the privacy required by the space it clads.
This project taught me some important things – it is okay to look at an idea that you have worked hard on, and to abandon it. It is important to be bold, in order to learn as much as possible along the way.
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