The new library by Alfonso Femia in La Spezia The new library by Alfonso Femia in La Spezia
Architecture

The new library by Alfonso Femia in La Spezia

Written by Redazione |

13 June 2019

According to the architect Alfonso Femia, architecture is a device for eliciting feeling. For this reason, the new library in La Spezia, designed by Femia himself with 5+1AA in an old twentieth-century warehouse (the area that once used to belong to Fitram, the local public transport company), aims to offer an immersive experience stimulating a sense of research and discovery, fully represented by reading as a tool for remaining free.

The intervention redesigns and revitalises the building (listed as an artefact of industrial archeology) by inserting a parallelepiped carved out inside of it and similar to the outline of a kinescope, which is located on the façade of the entrance and today is the iconic element of the new library.

The project is dominated by two elements: colour, which gives energy to the complex with respect for the context; light, which defines the spaces, indicating a path where imagination is the protagonist and introduces the readers to the magic of books.

Photography: ©S.Anzini, L.Boegly.

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