UNAM Central Library Expansion

Central Library, CU, UNAM

Ciudad Universitaria

Ciudad de México, 2007

The Central Library at UNAM CU, designed by architect Juan O'Gorman, Gustavo M. Saavedra and Juan Martínez Velasco, is clothed with the largest mural in Latin America.

The building was designed as a closed library. A box suspended over a basement contains the books, the reading area is in the early stages.

Three key points pertaining to the use of the Central Library are presented in this analysis: 1. Symbolism. It is the hallmark of functionalist architecture in Mexico. 2. Update. The space designed as a close body is unwieldy to use an open body. 3. Adequacy. The university population has increased dramatically while the Central Library has not grown physically. how to expand and adapt their space without changing its presence and symbolism?