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Mexican library recognised as one of the best in the world

The Tecnológico de Monterrey new Main Library has been recognised in the Library Interior Design Awards 2018 as "The Best Academic Library in the World" in the over 30,000ft2 category.
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The building, located in the city of Monterrey in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, was recognised by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the American Library Association (ALA), both of them organisers of the biennial event that recognises achievements in library interior design aesthetics, creativity, and function.

The design of the library was developed by the following international firms: Sasaki Associates Inc, GLR Arquitectos, RDLP Arquitectos and Convirtus.

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Collaborative work


Inside the six-storey building, the students find an open auditorium, a learning commons area where they can learn, work collaboratively and take advantage of information in digital media. In this libary, the students can also spend time at the cafeteria, the terrace, as well as at some of the various conference and exhibition rooms.

© Tecnológico de Monterrey

The library has a capacity of more than 350,000 books and 2,500 users. Its system of escalators and elevators are designed to allow universal accessibility. Outside the structure, sunshades distribute the sunlight that enters the building and the use of transparent glass lets the light get inside, but not heat. It also includes intelligent automatic blinds.

Article originally published on World Architecture Community.


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