IoA Institute of Architecture

University of Applied Arts Vienna



Diploma 2008, Studio Lynn

Peter Vikar, 2009

This project explores a thick structural facade system for a contemporary library in downtown of Budapest. From one side it reinvents the operation, and relation to physical content, and at the same time it shifts the usage of the library towards a more city, and event oriented direction. 

The Facade system combines the potential of structure, circulation, visual effect, envelope, and also creates smaller interiour and exterior divisions. The major components of this thick skin are the two interweaving layers constructed out of bent contourlines and straight stiffening members. Structurally it works as a constant transition between a classical diagrid and a spacetruss condition. Due to the sophisticated control system the skins gradiently changing the porosity of the facade and controlling the amount of light for the interiour spaces.