Viana do Castelo Municipal Library, Portugal


Viana do Castelo Municipal Library isn’t so different from all the other libraries. It’s a place where books are and where knowledge is kept. But it can have a different environment.

Viana do Castelo is a city located in the shore of the River Lima and where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. Due to that the relation of the city with the river is a real important issue in the new developments of the all urban area. With the development a new public library was necessary, so it had been decided to build it in a very noble way, in the river shore in the edge of the city old centre.

The architect chosen had been Álvaro Siza Vieira, the most worldwide known Portuguese Architect. With that choice only the best was expected, and for me the building is better than expected. The main area is in the second floor so the first works like a frame that is creating a controlled point of view through the landscape. It is a nice place to go to read a book or to study or just to visit a place with some nice cool spaces and places to stay enjoying some quietness and the view.

written by afd_lsi on 2009-08-12 in #world #locations #river #lc-a #viana-do-castelo #concrete #rio-lima #portugal #siza-vieira #alvaro-siza-vieira #architecture #public #library #books


  1. halfawakehaiku
    halfawakehaiku ·

    magnificent structure. great capture of the lines and light

  2. sibu_sen
    sibu_sen ·

    Interesting location, and the shots are absolutely stunning!

  3. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    I like Portugal,
    I like Viana do Castelo,
    ¡¡¡¡e gostei moito destas lomografías!!!!
    I like this "lomos" so much !!!
    Congratulations from Galicia!!!
    Parabens desde a Galicia!!

  4. janidays
    janidays ·

    faz lembrar a biblioteca da UA :) lindas fotos, afd :)

  5. plyshbel
    plyshbel ·

    Very interesting building. Pics cool too!

  6. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    incredible gallery! lovely how the light throws shadows n the building, and the interior... wow! defenatly a location of the week!!!

  7. maximum_b
    maximum_b ·

    great architectural photos. great building.

  8. afd_lsi
    afd_lsi ·

    Thanks everyone! I'm glad that some of you enjoyed the photos, other the building and others the city. Thanks!

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