Maya Somaiya Library

A school library in Kopargaon, north-east of Mumbai in India, that uses an ingenious engineering system that pays homage to the Uruguayan engineer Eladio Dieste.

The shape of the building is formed by a complex series of arches and double curvatures that take cues from Catalan vaulting techniques while also using some high-tech digital form-finding software. The entirely brick rooms and walls transform the roof into a usable landscape, allowing children to walk and play on top of the library.

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