Architectural Design and the Building Process
We pride ourselves in constructing beautiful, indigenously-styled libraries that serve as the centers of their communities. It is our policy to source craftsmen, labor and materials locally when possible. Eleni Coromvli—the architect for Lubuto libraries—focuses her designs on providing maximum functionality and sustainability. The comfortable, welcoming and inspiring environments provide a place where youth feel at home and connected to their roots.
Lubuto libraries generally consist of three structures, following the traditional pattern of homesteads in Zambia. Outside seating and spaces between the buildings also create a performance space and venue for social gatherings. The largest building, a Reading Room, houses the book collection and features reading alcoves and a central “talking circle” for reading, teaching, group activities and performances. The Arts and Activities room accommodates computer use, visual arts and writing programming. The entrance “Insaka” features a sink where users can wash their hands before entering the other buildings, and also serves as a meeting and communication space that is ideal for drama and storytelling.
Mumuni Library—the first rural Lubuto library—features a fourth building that offers programming and a safe community space for teens and young adults.