Rethink Energy

LIBRARY OF MILAN’S CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY

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Presently, the library at Milan’s Catholic University consists of a main room and
annex depot, 8 section-libraries located in the various institutes and departments,
the open shelves Giuseppe Billanovich Reading Room and a further 12 reading
rooms. It possesses around 1.5 million books and 38.000 periodicals, of which
13.000 in a digital format.
Rethink Energy took on the design and the works direction of the mechanical,
electric and special systems using heat-pump technology, on the occasion of the
complete restructuring of the prestigious library that also involved the Sala
Cinquecentine, where ancient manuscripts and incunables are kept. Among them
an extremely rare specimen containing the Visconti family tree, around 1.000 scrolls
going from the 3rd Century B.C. to the 7th Century A.C., Sumerian tablets, precious
editions of rare books and more than 2.000 “cinquecentine”, books printed in the

16th Century, including an invaluable, miniature edition of Dante’s Divina
Commedia and a rare edition of Plato’s Dialogues curated by Marsilio Ficino.
These ancient works are protected by a fire-extinguishing system using NOVEC
gas, an innovative product that constitutes an alternative to other extinguishing
gases that have a higher GWP.

Place:
Milan

Type:
Education

Client:
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Year:
2020-2021

Surface in sqm:
600