Eva Jiricna: library and congress centre, Zlin, Czech Republic.
The library is composed of two volumes with a large communal atrium in between. One part houses reading rooms on five levels for around 440 students, the other contains the university's administration centre. Internal and external facades are clad in glass, allowing the occupants to work and study in a light, invigorating setting. Both parts exploit passive means of environmental control, using thermal mass of a hollow concrete core that absorbs heat from IT systems and general usage. The congress centre consists of a main 850 seat auditorium and a smaller 80 seat hall, together with three levels of ancillary facilities and a restaurant. Its glazed facade, which has both acoustic screening and sun shading, is a response to local environmental conditions. The roof has an exoskeleton containing the building's plant which is veiled in a fine stainless-steel mesh as it can be seen from above. C. S.
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|Publication:||The Architectural Review|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2005|
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