Creating a new space in Piazza Celimontana in Rome, La Biblioteca Universale di Pace is a large, centrally-planned library and cultural center. Designed as a center for peace and religious studies for seven different world religions (Paganism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Taoism/Confucianism, Christianity, and Islam), La Biblioteca is manifested as the result of heptagonal sacred geometry and sun radiation diagrams that gave rise to its characteristic whirlpool-like courtyard. Clad in mirrored, smoked glass and terminating in a modern nymphaeum, the courtyard’s opening to the sky allows for sunlight to reflect its rays from the water on the glass creating a sublime space. On the exterior, seven chapel boxes are rotated around the main library stack spaces proving more intimate study and worship spaces for these diverse religions.
La Biblioteca Universale di Pace
Project Status: Student
- Alberto Embriz-Salgado: Cornell University