18-01-2005

Can Ginestar Public Library
Sant Just Desvern, Barcelona
2000-2003

Josep Llinàs,

Barcelona, Spain,

Libraries,

Wood, Glass,

The contrasting yellow plaster and long blue glass façades dominate the hill on which the building stands. Josep Llinas' plan for the new public library fits into an existing complex of buildings: the old 'Can Ginestar' farm.



Can Ginestar Public Library<br>Sant Just Desvern, Barcelona<br>2000-2003 The visible result is a light, oblong volume in a warm colour interrupted by large strips of glass, almost a glass gallery, seeking intense contact with the outside, reaching out to the ancient trees.
Formally, these are light elements which reject the massiveness of the farmhouses and might be interpreted as a formal counterpoint to them.The result is a building which stands out for its solidity and transparency, for the simplicity of line and the pared-down form that always characterises Josep Llinàs' work.

Daria Ricchi

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