Gabriel García Márquez Library

This is a unique district library, presented as a sculptural volume inspired by stacked blocks of books and set on a square slightly elevated above the street, whose large openings and voids dialogue with the surroundings.
The access arcade extends the pedestrian and cultural axis of the neighborhood and connects with the interior. The facility has 4,294 m2 distributed over 5 floors, with a central courtyard that connects all of them and brings natural light into the heart of the building.

The structure is a hybrid of laminated and cross-laminated timber and steel, maximizing structural efficiency and architectural performance. Its configuration is based on three cores connected by lattice girders, with an unusual volume of exposed timber and concealed joints. The structure defines and qualifies the space without apparent tectonic stresses and integrates with the program, envelope and furnishings of each library ecosystem. The result is a great work of joinery, as warm and light as it is permeable and luminous.

A dense wood structure that enhances the haptic qualities (warmth, texture, smell and hydrothermal performance) and provides warm and intimate zones, while the structural layout offers a great variety of spaces. The library, as a public space par excellence, becomes everyone’s home, so any user will find his or her special corner.



carrer concilio de trento
sant martí- barcelona – spain
first prize competition 2015
project 2022


BIMSA – municipallity of barcelona


elena orte
guillermo sevillano


marta romero. architect
luis sierra. architect
patricia minguito. architect
jesús lópez. student
nuria sáiz. quantity surveyor
miguel nevado. timber structure engineer
julio gonzalez. landscape engineering
ENAR. facade consultants
CABA. energy efficiency engineering
M7. facilities engineering
margarida acoustic engineering
MASTER PLAN. project execution management


jesús granada. photos

Gabriel García Márquez Librarymaster