Lead DesignerSebastian Irarrazaval
Prize(s)2nd Place in Architecture Categories / Institutional
Entry Description

The Public Library is part of a public-private initiative taken to rebuild THE town of Constitución in Chile after the 8.8 degrees earthquake and Tsunami that devastated the town during the year 2010.

The project it is the result of three main decisions. Firstly: In order to overlook the millenary trees of the civic square that is in front of the site; to rise the library 1,6 meters over street level. Secondly: With the purpose to filter and balance the light; to cover the 3 main areas of the programme (children, young and adult readers) with 3 reticulated wood naves and Thirdly: In consideration to communicate the public character of the edifice; to organize the façade with 3 monumental glass cases that not only invites to see new books arrivals but also -with its benches and canopies - offer shelter to the passerby.


Sebastián Irarrázaval was born in 1967. He was taught as an architect in the Universidad Católica in Santiago de Chile and the Architectural Association in London. In 1993 he set up his own practice in Santiago.
Teaches design studio at the Catholic University of Chile since 1994. Has taught in MIT in Boston and the IUAV in Venice
His projects have been published worldwide in specialized magazines, among them: Casabella, Arquitectura Viva, ARQ and A+U. Practice work has also being exhibited locally and abroad. Recent exhibitions include XV Chilean Architectural Biennial, Venice Biennale, Shenzhen and Hong Kong bi-city Biennial and Milan Triennial .
Recents projects includes : Caterpillar House, School of Design of the Catholic University of Chile and the Public Library of Constitución.