Photos courtesy of Sergio Grazia
MARSAN MEDIA LIBRARY
Place de la Caserne Bosquet,
40000 Mont-de-Marsan, France
The Media Library is a strong cultural symbol for the Marsan urban area. It is a place of discovery, gatherings and exchanges for its users. It is a visible, distinctive building without being overpowering.
The Media Library stands in the middle of the Bosquet barracks, and care has been taken to augment the dialogue with the place’s strong architectural whole.
With its clean envelope of pure geometric lines, a 197 ft x 197 ft square, the building complies with the classical layout yet contrasts with its austerity by offsetting the system with a corner opening onto the city.
The Media Library confirms its identity from whatever angle it is viewed. At night it becomes a lantern that brings the square to life, turning it into an inviting, open and transparent space.
User intimacy is created by the strong architectural elements that inspire visual interplay.
It may well be this «surprise», almost hidden, patio that makes the building so popular with the public.