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Novel Sustainable Construction at the Villanueva Public Library

By: Jordan M - Published: Feb 21, 2011 • References: migueltorresarquitecto
Oftentimes one of the biggest contributors to a structure's carbon footprint is the energy it takes to transport materials to the building site, but the Villanueva Public Library cleverly sidesteps that problem by having walls lined with local riverbed stones.

Built by former guerrilla soldiers as part of a rehabilitation program, the 16,000-square-foot Villanueva Public Library makes use of locally sourced rocks and sustainable pine timber. The library is a testament to locally sourced construction and its ability to create fantastic architectural masterpieces.