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Exterior shot at night of Leganés Norte Central Library

Stacked rows of stylized book spines wrap the sinuous walls of the Leganés Norte Central Library in a witty example of architecture parlante. The sign is redundant: Everyone in the surrounding neighbourhood, a new development on the southern edge of Madrid, can guess what’s inside.

Exterior shot in daylight of Leganés Norte Central Library

The outer facade is composed of 9,126 curved terracotta tiles in 40 different sizes and 17 hues, integrally coloured and clipped to a metal frame that’s attached to precast concrete panels 14 centimetres thick. Behind them is a layer of glass-fibre insulation, another void and an inner lining of gypsum board. A lofty glass atrium links the library to the municipal archives — a volume faced in standing-seam zinc that’s almost moody by comparison....

A Rainbow Facade of Terracotta Tiles Wraps a Central Library in Spain

In a Madrid exurb, BN Asociados Arquitectos creates a striking net-zero library clad in ceramic tiles that evoke the books within.

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