LA LIBRERIA II: AS ABOVE, SO BELOW
Books: In La Libreria II, the book ascends from a tool of knowledge housed in a library to the status of high-brow art in a museum.
The architecture of La Libreria guides the book's journey as a thing-in-itself through its hybrid library-museum programming. As the book journeys upward it becomes increasingly abstracted from an object of information to an object of contemplation. There's value in the book as an educational tool, but its value is warped or exchanged for another kind of value when it transitions into decoration and even further as an object solely of contemplation - placed on a pedestal in the museum as an artifact and a relic ending up on the pile of literary history.
Unified discontinuities: The book sheds parts of itself while retaining and adding other qualities while simultaneously tying distinct spaces together, thus morphing into an architectural element in itself. The book's metamorphosis is reflected in the transformation of building form and function from one thing into something of an opposite - two counteracting forces, spaces, and things, below and above, library and museum, tool and objet d'art - as complementary parts empowered in a dyad.