I’ve been spending a lot of time at the Santiago Library (nearest Metro Station is Quinta Normal) attending art workshops. I’m learning a lot about Kirigami (the art of cutting paper; not Origami, which is the art of folding paper) and Chirigami, a Japanese art where you create pictures with special paper and Nori gel.
The library consists of two large buildings, and I haven’t explored all the spaces yet, but what I’ve seen, I’ve loved. My favourite space is the area where children’s books are kept. There are beanbags on which you can lay and read! The colourful tubes attached to the ceiling gives the place a playful atmosphere which is perfect for children!
In the space there is a giant ball attached to the ceiling! I love it that a public building incorporated these wacky ideas into the interior. From a designer’s point of view, the detailing of the tubes and the ball isn’t done well, but it creates a fun place to read!
The Library really is a community centre where activities for different age groups are offered. During my time spent in the library, I’ve seen old people sitting around and reading or people having meetings at tables, a man comes in once a week to take a nap in the corner it seems (he drools a lot), and there are many people working or using computers there. I’ve been in horrible old fashioned libraries in the past, where you feel awkward to be there, because everything feels so outdated. It makes me so happy to see that this library manages to offer people a place to spend time and appreciate books and reading.