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Bisset Adams scoops Monza library jackpot

[First look] Bisset Adams has won a design competition for a new library in Monza, Italy

Working in partnership with Italian practice Area Progetti, the Clerkenwell-based studio beat a ten-strong international shortlist – featuring Adjaye Associates – to win the prestigious job.

The 6,000m² scheme creates a new library within the courtyard of an historic barracks.

The competition brief referenced the ‘Idea Stores’ typology which was pioneered in the London borough of Tower Hamlets by Bisset Adams ten years ago. The studio’s contest-winning team features the council’s deputy head of Idea Store, Sergio Dogliani.

Bisset Adams’ proposal included a new auditorium, café and gallery space alongside a dedicated young people’s library.

According to a statement from the architect the design is based around the concept of a ‘Tree of Knowledge’.

It explained: ‘Both the construction and [the] journeys through the space [symbolize] the growth and branches of human knowledge and understanding.

‘The tree concept is figured in both the angled pillars supporting the central addition, in real trees growing through the storeys, and in the abstract leaf pattern of the fritted façade.’

The studio’s latest Watney Market Idea Store in London is currently under construction.



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