CHILDRENS LIBRARIES

The Children's and Adolescents Libraries Organisation, the brainchild of Annette Schlumberger, was founded to provide children, in distant and sometimes underprivileged areas of Greece, with the experience of a meaningful library through focused and innovative programmes.

Sgoutas Architects have been, for the past 20 years, the consulting architects of the organisation. The scope of their work included, apart from the design and supervision of the libraries, the selection of buildings suitable to house the libraries. Over this period of time more than 15 buildings have been converted into libraries for children and adolescents in urban and rural centres such as Lavrio (listed building), Miki, Trikala, Syros (listed Ziller building), Mataranga, Konitsa, Vlachioti, Xylagani etc., covering a total surface area of over 4500m2. During this period were also designed new libraries, in socially problematic areas, none of which materialised due to ill-advised state policies.

As most of these buildings were evocative of an older, different way of construction, additions and modifications were in keeping with the character of the original buildings. A design concept was developed ensuring a common aesthetic and functional approach, always taking into account the different nature of each building. The prime concern in choosing the materials was the creation of a pleasant and, at the same time, challenging environment for the children. A prerequisite was that materials had to be “easy” to build with and also affordable.

Project completed 1995 - 2005
Design team
Architects Sgoutas Architects
Structural Engineers E.Antonoulas
MEP Consultants Tekem Ltd.