Proposal for a library sculpture
The concept centers on the creation of a threshold for growth and on books as the foundation for community and compassion.
The form of this threshold is a concrete gateway made up of books that represent the neighborhood’s rich cultural diversity. The design is based on an ancient form of construction, post and lintel, which has been applied in the construction of monumental arches from India Gate in New Delhi to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
The structure of The Gateway and the units of books that comprise it symbolize the act of building foundations through education and building community through shared heritage.
The Gateway will hold the space as a formidable structure while signifying solidity and stability. At the same time, the opening through the Gateway will be an invitation for interaction. The space through it will activate the area by creating an axis between the library and other nearby cultural institutions.
The opening in the Gateway will act as threshold along a passageway. At the same time it will represent a place for transformation for the city, its local communities and its residents.
By using an architectural form that symbolizes transition and creates a passageway and place that refers to both the contents of the library and the context of its diverse community, the Gateway will become a place for dialogue, reflection, inclusion, education and celebration.