Il Pertini Public Library, Italy

Public libraries / Completed 2012

An architectural vision takes shape

Il Pertini, in the municipality Cinisello Balsamo north of Milan, is a fine example of the next generation of libraries. Of course you will find books in rows, documentation and all sorts of information along the shelves here, but Il Pertini also aspires to be a second home for the local citizens. It is a social hotspot and natural meeting place with the latest in information technology and wifi at hand.


And it is not only the beautiful result that makes Il Pertini such an interesting reference case.
From the preliminary research phase to the actual architectural development, the process behind is a story in itself. Bespoke furniture was created through close collaboration between designers, librarians and suppliers and the resultant interior design is visionary yet functional and within the budgetary limits.