The architectural installation containing books of arts and it provides lots of comfortable places to sit/lay, bookcases, magazines and newspapers? shelves, as well as a computer with very rich and detailed multimedia and video archive of contemporary artists. The installation is located at the largest and main room of the abandoned since decades old Turkish bath (also known as hammam). The bath is a unique architectural monument from the XVI century built over an even older Roman bath.
Considering the strong centric area, we decided to supplement and strengthen its shape by arranging a library in its center, just below the dome. This idea is complimented with a spiral ladder-like climbing to the other level. Visually the whole composition curves around the center and metaphorically and literally climbs to the dome and the sky. The different treatment of the two slopes in plan ? for reading and for storage remind of the flying clothes of the whirling dervish in the center of the room.
The entire library is built of wood, used in building construction. Budget restrain (1500 euro) is never an obstacle, but rather a challenge for our studio. Here the main material (wood used in construction) again remains visible in its natural beauty and appearance ? with its darkened or lighter spots. An entirely new lighting has been added, which complements and supports the desired appearance. Lighting, which focuses on the main elements of the building - the niches at the walls and arches and conch supporting brick dome, has also been installed. The main goal set from the very beginning was the search for contrast between the shabby, accumulated over the years layers of plaster on the walls and the ceiling, the cold brick and stone walls and the warmth, clarity and coziness that a natural material such as wood can give to the whole area. The entire installation is created with a tremendous respect for its surrounding area, since without it, this effect would not be as strong.