Biblioteca Carlos Santamaria
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The Carlos Santamaría Centre, located in San Sebastian is an advanced data centre and library, linked to the Ibaeta University Campus and the result of a competition developed by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). A curved concrete library with a narrow courtyard driven through its centre. Completed in 2008 by Ander Marquet Ryan of Spanish architects JAMM, Timber-panelled walls surround the secluded courtyard, which separates the two-storey building into two asymmetrical halves. The building is conceived as a huge container, shaped from a spontaneous outline following the natural curve of the lot. The line is the wall containing the two blocks arranged in a north-south direction, and its vertex is at the place we consider the most important: the building’s main access, which opens up like a large mouth, pointing the vertex towards the sky.