Seville says 'NO' to Hadid library

Thursday 25 Jun 2009

Public prompt ruling against Seville University Library design

A ruling has been made by the Andalusian high court against the continuation of works at Seville University Library - the site of Zaha Hadid's dramatic 9,000 sq m building, following a lobby by locals who disapprove of the plans.

Despite the ruling, construction which is already underway, will continue:“Works continue at the construction site of the University of Seville Library," said a spokesperson for Zaha Hadid. "Projects such as this library - offering a wide variety of civic, cultural, educational and research programmes - are vital for every community. As the university has outgrown its existing facilities, the new library is essential for the university’s development and reflective of its deep commitment to the future of Seville.

“The Government of Andalucía, the Seville City Council and the University of Seville will be appealing the ruling. All construction works continue as normal throughout the appeal process," he added.

Residents are said to have disapproved of the loss of land surrounding the library including planting. 250 trees and 500 shrubs were removed from the land, delaying the project by 4 months, and transplanted elsewhere in an effort to ensure the trees were not wasted.

Once set to provide residents and visitors to Seville with a state-of-the-art public library and reading rooms, exhibition hall, and conference facility, the library's future is now uncertain.

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