In 2014 the University of Pescara in Italy announced an international design competition for a new University Library. ABDR Architects was awarded the winner and appointed MEW as the structural engineer of the whole building up to a complete design set for tendering.
The Library is conceived as a mixed structure (steel columns and beams and concrete core shafts which hold the seismic forces). Floors are made up of steel beams and precast concrete slabs; the foundation is a thick slab beneath all the area affected by the intervention. Much care was put into the design of the cantilevered spaces which pierce the glazed façade on several sides. Moreover, on the west side a large bespoke sunblind prevents glare and direct sunlight during sunset. It is made with composite materials and hinged to the top of the building like a curtain.