For the panelized system I have chosen this building, the Kanazawa Umimirai Library by Kazumi Kudo and Hiroshi Horiba architects.
The project consists of a library with reading areas, meeting rooms, reading rooms…etc The idea was to play with the materials and the light to create a specific atmosphere that you can enjoy while reading. They wanted to create a very spiritual space, in which you can connect with knowledge.
This sensation is created through the panelized concrete structure that surrounds the building – although it is also reinforced with another 25 pillars.
This concrete involvement has 6000 small openings (measuring 200, 250 and 300mm) across its entire surface that allows a soft, uniform light to enter the building.
Each hole is filled with translucent glass, diffusing natural light into the rooms.
The panels are quite big, aproximatelly 2x6m, and have a specific and particular shape, similar to a puzzle piece. The building is assembled on site to create the final volume.