The library of Nembro designed by the Archea firm between 2002 and 2007 could be defined as a perfect and coherent work, child of the Italian architectural culture of the postwar years with all the wealth of meanings, complexity and subtle contradiction that this definition entails.
The new building appears as a box of glass and steel, shielded from the sun by a curious system of sunscreens in red earthenware, fastened to iron rods. An “ocean” of books in red terracotta, free in their movements and arrangement, serve as a bright and cheerful filter, protecting the glass showcase within, where the books are kept and some spaces for reading located.
Forma presents this project, in the monograph in a bilingual edition, Italian/English through the images of Pietro Savorelli, and the technical drawings from Archea. Enriches the volume an introductory essay by the architect Luca Molinari, critic of architecture and author of many publications and a critic essay by Françoise Bollack architect and professor at the Columbia University.