DIEGO MARTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY COMPLEX
The Ministry of Communications
Architecture and Interior Design under Design-Build Contract
This design undertaking was part of a design – build proposal for the Urban Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT).
The design directive from the developer was for the promotion of a neighbourhood library to also serve as a community building with amenities for meeting and socializing.
While the basic design objectives were considered in form of a 3 story building the design of the main entry façade, facing west was a primary focus. The façade treatment included a passive design feature of a sunscreen as solar protection from the harsh afternoon sun. The protective element consisted of metal panels, floated off the main wall with a perforated pattern which illustrated the spreading branches of the majestic samaan tree, symbolic for its shading qualities as well as for the fact that the site was located deep in the Diego Martin Valley where the samaan tree once dominated the natural landscape.
Our proposal was not successful.