September 11th, 2013 – For some, libraries are a place of study and silence. For others, a total snooze-fest. But for the Monterrey-based creatives at Anagrama, libraries should be a place that cultivates imagination and adventure. The creative studio has unveiled their recently completed Conarte Children’s Library & Cultural Center, a dynamic new library comprised of vibrant neon colored rafters, angular book shelves and an undulating reading platform.
In the heart of the city is Fundidora Park sits a unique specimen of industrial archaeology, which was previously a massive steelworks and foundry established in the 1900′s. The park is home to extensive gardens, museums, convention centers, auditoriums, theme parks and cultural venues such as Conarte (Council for the Culture and Arts of Nuevo León).
Conarte sought out to Anagrama, who is led by designers Gustavo Muñoz, Miguel Herrera and Sebàstian Padilla, with the mission to create a space that would foster a love of reading and learning for children.
The Children’s Library & Cultural Center was planned to be inside a warehouse-like building, an untouchable heritage site of the state. Anagrama’s design proposal took into account the untouchable nature of the building and, in some ways, enhanced it.
The result of Anagrama’s design approach is a multi-purpose, asymmetrical reading platform meant to simulate Monterrey’s mountainous topography. The bookshelves are not only used as storage, but serve as a dynamic space to play and learn, to fire the imagination and provide comfort while reading. The installation’s colorful and geometric aesthetic contrasts directly with its antique, industrial building, elevating both elements in a cheerful and unique way.