Spanish library made from reclaimed railway sleepers

Used railway sleepers have been chosen to create the walls of this library in Azkoitia, Spain, which is positioned at the town's former railway station. Designed by Spanish architects Estudio Beldarrain, the Aizkibel Library extension has been added to the old station building, which had already been converted into a library but needed more space. The architect decided on used recycled sleepers to create a modern extension that connected to the site's history. The heavy cladding made of reclaimed wooden railway sleepers brings alive the history of the building, and it almost appears as if the tracks had been dismantled and stacked stacked near the station. Says..

Sometimes you see something in life that makes your heart leap with excitement. This stunning, imaginative and unique building is one of those moments. A beautiful and daring use of railway sleepers that that is jaw droppingly fabulous.