The circular shape of the Setubal Public Library may seem like something more attuned to the needs of a cutting edge research center or the headquarters of a business mogul, but it actually serves the community in a more interactive and intimate way. Providing a cultural hub in the city of Setúbal, Portugal, the structure is one proposal for the architectural competition revolving around the new atheneum.
Designed by AND-RÉ, the concept behind the Setubal Public Library revolves around "the purpose of controlling the external environmental conditions in order to manipulate the internal space," according to Bustler. The introspective system centers around a courtyard that promotes privacy and reflection. By providing such a sanctuary, the Setubal Public Library encourages people to escape the daily noise of an urban lifestyle.