Mexico City, the dense urban capital of Mexico, houses an exquisite botanical garden along with a public library. The Biblioteca Vasconcelos, a dual purpose facility which serves both as public library and a botanical garden, is designed by the noted Mexican architect Alberto Kalach.
The glass, steel and concrete complex, as a whole is expected to fulfill the capital city’s need of some green space.
The green elements of the entire lot include the following; it relies on day lighting and natural ventilation on the interior.
The roof top provides an exquisite place for the plantings and vegetation which serve as insulation and protection to the structures below. Besides, indigenous plants surround the whole structure.
The interior of the library comprises cantilevered levels of books, translucent floors and walls, steel cross supports and large floor to ceiling windows. The collection contains 575,000 books across 40,000 thousand meters of shelving.
The botanical garden is supposed to be the home of over 60,000 specimens of 168 species of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.
The garden area accounts for over 26,000 square meters. The creation of the garden is part of the urban ecological regeneration.
The place where the facility is situated was earlier a barren landscape in the midst of the urban area.
The public library along with the botanical garden makes the perfect place which acts as a source of knowledge as well as an exotic green and healthy place to spend time.
The complex was first completed in 2006, but had to undergo some major repairs before it reopened in 2008.