The Pat Library - PL

Poland - Kraków
architect Krzysztof Ingarden - main designer, architect Jacek Ewý
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  • steel protection (boards)
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Poland - Kraków

The construction of the PAT library has been one of the most challenging tasks in the Polish non-commercial architecture in recent years. It combines architectural quality and modern technology.

The new structure - an incomplete circle - stands out in the building area by its interesting architectural form that refers to the surrounding hills, with the special roof criss-crossed by vertical skylights.

The straight northern and western facades are at about 70 m in length, and the rounded one - the southeast - is about 100 m. Each of them has been adapted to the changing climate conditions.

The building area covers approximately 3,300 m2, while the total area inside the 4-storey library covers over 8,900 m2.

The ground fl oor houses the main hall, conference room, cloakroom, cafe and shop, technical rooms, storage and archive department.

The fi rst fl oor comprises the main book collections, administration and personnel rooms. On the second fl oor you fi nd special collections (reading, studios, 2-storey warehouses), as well as rooms for professors and librarians. The smallest, third fl oor houses the multimedia area.

The steel construction of the building is based on 6 x 6 m modules and the superstructure of the roof beams are laminated wood, which are visible inside the library. The library is outfi tted with high-tech integrated building control systems.


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