Pondicherry Cultural Learning Center and Library

Pondicherry, India.

The site currently exist as a constantly moving, vivid sensorial experience and requires a building of iconic meaning to exist without disrupting the existing energy. As a minimal gesture, the timber facade that envelopes the entire building, acts as a mediator between the calm and chaotic. During the day the repetitious nature of the vertical timber louvers privatizes the interior, creating a mute impression within the busy streets. With night coming and the lively ambient leaving the streets vacant, the interior lighting penetrates through the facade, exposing the library, of which causing the building to become the iconic figure that is missing amongst the chaos of the current context.