Reclaimed railway sleepers at Azkoitia Municipal Library


San Sebastián based architectural firm Estudio Beldarrain have created a new extension to the Municipal Library in Azkoitia, Spain using reclaimed railway sleepers. The library itself is a converted station building, but the old railway track had been removed. In order to put the building back into context, the new modern extension was clad with railway sleepers, making reference to its history and original function. Windows to the south side of the extension also overlook a boulevard where the tracks once stood. Its irregular shape is a partly dictated by the layout of the spaces within, but also creates the illusion that the sleepers have just been dismantled from the railway track and piled up next to the station.


Extension clad in Reclaimed-railway-sleepers-by-Estudio-Beldarrain





Images by Jon Cazanave via Estudio Beldarrain

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).