Mutant Comic Library at BRMU: Design for a reading space with art, plants and disco lights
Murcia. There is a library in Murcia where it is not always possible to study; where authors, scholars, humorists, and cartoonists meet, depending on the situation; where the design defines the distances; And where creativity is a tool to reach readers, either with “author” cards, escape room Virtual or fun interactions on networks. It is about extension Regional Library of Murcia (BRMU), who is 25 years old, under the supervision of yuan Jose Lara Penaranda, transforming it into a “living organism” and a reference space for regional culture.
And within this universe where the stars are the books, there is a space that since its inception in 2003 has become one of the most special corners of BRMU, comic libraryin coordination Vincent Funes, which was recently expanded by Murcian Cartonlab design studio. The goal is that this dynamic place and in Continuous renewal promotes the changing, contemporary, dynamic, attractive and open to Various discourses and creative groups.
For this, the Murcian study wanted to confirm The concept of a flexible space that adapts to different activities, such as concerts, talks, workshops, live radio programs …, all with a project consisting of only six simple moving elements -3 platforms and 3 theater platforms– , which allows for multiple combinations of uses.
Sit on artwork
The pavilions also serve as a support for the gallery, on this occasion showing the polychrome universe of the Murcian painter. Ana Galvañ. “His work, which is internationally recognized, fits perfectly with the interdisciplinary approach to the renewal of Comicteca. The theme of the selected illustrations revolves around comics and other artistic and technological disciplines,” they point out from Cartonlab.
They add that since Comicteca was conceived as an environment with its own identity within the library, a friendly refuge where the individual can feel at ease and where each user can find their own place, ” natural plants Bought from a local nursery, helped To create that sense of privacy and independence, which is also a nod to sustainability in the form of local nature that makes the place more welcoming.”
In addition, thanks to the contribution to lighting design Light MixFor both the stands and the stage it was possible to have the right lighting at all times, with the base lines of the programmable color LED lights, turning this corner of the BRMU into a disco for reading.
As usual in this study, we began by fabricating a complete prototype out of cardboard, checking its resistance and assembling it at Comicteca itself to check the proper measurements and scales for the project within the space.