In the city of Kozani, a building complex is proposed in order to accommodate the municipal library and the museum of historical publications and manuscripts from the file of the old library. At the same time, a cultural and multi-drastic centre is created for its
residents and visitors as well.
Its location is particularly privileged, in a plot on the south of the centre, on the axis connecting the historical centre with the poles of culture, sports and recreation of the city (wooden theatre, municipal conservatoire, sport facilities, park, etc.).
The building plot constitutes an entire block in a trapezium form. The non-regularity of its form led to the proposal for a building which does not adhere to the conventional constructional and morphological solutions. However, it adheres to the tendencies of
modern architecture and technology of special buildings. The dynamics of its form highlights the importance of such a multi-drastic space for the society of Kozani.
The building complex has the unified form of a triangular prism, covered by a glass membrane which functions as a second layer aiming at its bioclimatic behaviour.
Therefore, it acquires the form of a transparent crystal which seems not to stand on the ground, but to simply abut on it instead.
This prism is divided into three building zones, which are discernible internally and externally with the exception of the uniform level of the second basement and the uniform inclined rooftop. The library building, with three floors above the final ground level and an underground level. The museum building consists of two floors and a basement. Last, the internal patio with a loft made of metal, is naturally illuminated through the inclined glass roof and it is used as a multi-purpose space and an event and cultural facility. It constitutes the intermediate area which separates as well as connects the operations of both building volumes and it can operate independently of them.
The presence of the axis which penetrates the three areas in all the levels of the overground floors is explicit. It constitutes the continuation of a route from the park to the building, aiming at integrating it into the wider public space, focusing further on the
multi-drastic character of the building.