New university library in Vilnius

Rocks in the river“ were the inspiration for Architect ­Rolandas Palekas when he designed the new university library in Sauletekis Valley. He chose a forcefully expressive cubature to accentuate the building‘s special role on the campus. What makes this library so fascinating is its particular combination of its buildings‘ extraordinary geometry and the tensive interplay of its open and closed, inclined surfaces.
Palekas decided to clad the unbroken façade in light-grey ­ceramic elements. For the 4 160 m2 surface area, he specified slabs measuring 2 995 mm long by 600 mm high and 40 mm thick. He gave the panels an exactly horizontal alignment, with all joints and grooves running parallel all around the structures – despite the façades‘ inclination. The accessible rooftops totalling 1 360 m2 in area are also covered with 50 mm-thick ceramic panels with hidden mechanical ­anchors.

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