Biblioteca Regional and Archive

June 5, 2009

Architect: Mansilla and Tunon

Date: 2003

Locationi: Madrid, Spain

The Biblioteca Regional and Archive is a conversion of an old brewery.  The building is split in two separate parts, the Library and the Archive.  The Library is held within the old building and has turned the old silos into storage space.

Library with old Silos

Library with old Silos

We proceeded around the building and into the Library where we were allowed to take photos.  The lobby has an interesting combination of new and old.

Lobby of Library

Lobby of Library

Upstairs there is still remnants of the old brewery in the study rooms of the library.

Study room of Library

Study room of Library

After going around the library we headed over to the archive.  While the library was built mostly in the existing brewery buildings the archive was built in mostly new buildings.

Archive Exterior

Archive Exterior

The archive is where the documents from the region are stored in order to protect them for future study.  Inside the building consisted of long hallways that lead into vault rooms where the documents are stored.  This was a huge contrast to the archive we had seen a day earlier in Toledo.

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