Kaan Architecten’s Utopia combines music school and library

Kaan Architecten has extended a 19th century school to create the Utopia building in Aalst, Belgium, which contains a music school and library. Utopia, the Library and Academy for Performing Arts, is named after the book by Thomas Moore, which was first printed in Aalst. Kaan Architecten won a competition to overhaul an existing block

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OMA’s Qatar National Library opens in Doha

Dutch architecture firm OMA has completed its Qatar National Library building in Doha, which features tiers of marble bookcases set within a single open-plan space. The OMA-designed building, which opened earlier this week, houses several collections of Qatar’s most important texts and manuscripts on Arab-Islamic civilisation. Initial images of the library’s angular concrete exterior emerged on social media as

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Alabama architecture students convert historic bank into library for rural town

A brick bank building in Alabama dating to the early 1900s has been transformed into a community library by Rural Studio, a student design-build programme dedicated to social projects. The Newbern Library is located in a town of the same name with less than 200 residents, and was converted by fifth-year architecture students at Auburn

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Mecanoo reveals renovation plans for New York Public Library

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has unveiled its masterplan to overhaul the New York Public Library’s main beaux-arts building on Fifth Avenue. The newly released visuals and details reveal Mecanoo’s intentions for the Stephen A Schwarzman Building – the library’s main branch at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street – which the studio has developed with local

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David Adjaye’s red library and events complex in Florida wins approval

British architect David Adjaye’s plans to create a “micro village” of red cultural buildings in Florida’s Winter Park have been granted planning permission. Adjaye Associates won approval for the $30 million (£22.7 million) project from the Winter Park City Commission earlier this week. The Winter Park Public Library and Events Center will replace the existing civic

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Winning design revealed for new library at London’s brutalist Thamesmead estate

Architecture studio Bisset Adams has won a competition to design a lakeside library and community centre in southeast London, as part of a major overhaul of the brutalist Thamesmead estate. Bisset Adams will build the Southmere Village Library to the south bank of Southmere Lake, right beside the the sprawling concrete housing estate that was made infamous by the film adaptation

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MVRDV completes library shaped like a giant eye in Chinese city Tianjin

Dutch firm MVRDV has built a public library that looks like a huge eye, as part of a new cultural district in Tianjin, China. The atrium of the Tianjin Binhai Public Library is deliberately designed to look like a 3D eyeball, staring out through the building’s glazed facade. The five-storey-high space is framed by floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, which are staggered at different levels to

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OFIS Arhitekti uses modular Living Units to create pop-up library overlooking Ljubljana

Slovenian studio OFIS Arhitekti has found a new use for the micro house it designed earlier this year – the modular structure recently served as a temporary library in the grounds of Ljubljana Castle. OFIS Arhitekti worked in collaboration with fellow architects C+C and C28, engineering firm AKT and contractor Permiz to create the Living Units – modular rooms that

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Alvar Aalto library renovation wins Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2017

Interior architecture practice JKMM has won Finland’s most important architecture prize for its renovation of the Aalto University campus library in Otaniemi. JKMM wins the Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2017 for its overhaul of the Harald Herlin Learning Centre, which was originally designed by the Finnish modernist architect Alvar Aalto, along with several other buildings on the campus, and

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Call for entries to YAC’s Pinocchio Children’s Library competition

Dezeen promotion: Young Architects Competitions is now accepting proposals for a children’s library in Florence, which would be dedicated to the adventures of fictional character Pinocchio. The library competition tasks designers and architects to come up with ideas for the “first and largest children library inspired by the fairy tale of Pinocchio”. They are expected

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Sam Jacob and MINI team up to create micro home with attached library

A miniature library adjoins this tiny home that architect Sam Jacob and car brand MINI have built for this year’s London Design Festival. MINI created the 50-square-metre Urban Cabin as part of its ongoing MINI Living project, which is exploring new forms of urban living. The tiny cabin is designed for a future when homes become a shared resource.

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Colourful strips surround Toronto’s Albion Library by Perkins+Will

Multi-coloured bars form the facades of this district library in a Toronto suburb by architecture firm Perkins+Will, which features community areas for new Canadians. The Albion Library is located in the Rexdale neighbourhood to the north-west of the city, where the population is predominantly immigrants, minorities, and low-income residents. “The Albion District Library is one

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Brutalist library in Chicago gets interior update by Woodhouse Tinucci

US firm Woodhouse Tinucci Architects has spruced up reading room in the University of Chicago’s Joseph Regenstein Library, a 1970s building originally designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Totalling 18,000 square feet (1,672 square metres), the project entailed transforming a ground-level reading room of the brutalist library into a space more suitable for group meetings

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Andrew Berman Architects adds timber-framed extension to old Staten Island library

Tasked with renovating and extending the Stapleton branch of the New York Library, Andrew Berman Architects overhauled the interior and connected it to an annex clad with zinc and glass. The facility is situated in northeast Staten Island – one of the five boroughs that make up New York City – and was first constructed in

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Bennetts Associates converts Art Deco cinema into cultural centre in northern England

Bennetts Associates has renovated a 1930s cinema and added a brick, frosted-glass and copper extension to create this cultural centre in Chester, England. The British studio carried out the £37 million transformation for the listed Odeon cinema in Chester – a walled city in the northwest of England. A library, cinema, restaurant and cafe are set in the existing

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Obama Presidential Library concept design unveiled in Chicago

The first images and models of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects’ plans for the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago have been revealed. Former US president Barack Obama and wife Michelle presented the concept design and site plan for the library set for the city’s Jackson Park at an event earlier today. The proposal includes a

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RDHA embeds stone and glass library into grassy Ontario hillside

This new public library by Canadian firm RDHA features a large slab that cantilevers over the landscape, and a sloping green roof and exterior stair that runs up the front of the building. The Waterdown Library and Civic Centre is located in the city of Hamilton, about an hour’s drive from downtown Toronto. Encompassing 23,500 square feet (2,183

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Rob Hootsmans adds serrated glass extension to stone-clad Dutch courthouse

Architect Rob Hootsmans has renovated a 1970s courthouse in the Dutch city of Zwolle and added a “transparent and approachable” extension featuring sawtoothed glass facades. Zwolle’s existing courthouse was designed by architect Jo Kruger in 1977 and features robust, sculpted facades clad in chalk stone. Hootsmans’ Amsterdam studio was asked to sensitively restore, upgrade and extend the

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Asaf Lerman updates Oscar Niemeyer’s Haifa University library building in Israel

Tel Aviv architect Asaf Lerman has renovated a library building designed by Oscar Niemeyer for Israel’s Haifa University, and added a new wing to complement its brutalist concrete and glass construction. Lerman’s studio won a competition in 2002 to oversee the renovation and expansion of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library, and spent over a

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OMA’s Qatar National Library nears completion in Doha

The angular concrete form of the OMA-designed Qatar National Library in Doha has been photographed by several Instagram users, ahead of its imminent completion. The Qatar National Library was originally intended to complete in 2015, but had to be pushed back. It is now anticipated to open this year. A photo posted by Nick Guttridge (@nickguttridge) on

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Dominique Coulon & Associés gives library undulating walls like an “unfurling ribbon”

French office Dominique Coulon & Associés has completed a media library in Thionville, France, featuring a wavy facade that lifts up to reveal ribbons of glazing facing into curving courtyards. The Media-Third-Place Library provides the Thionville commune in north-eastern France with a media library, as well as music studios, a broadcasting media room, an auditorium and a cafe. The building is

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OMA and Barcode Architects complete cross-shaped library in Normandy

OMA and Barcode Architects have unveiled their completed Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville – a library with a dramatic X-shaped plan in Caen, France. The 12,500-square-metre multimedia library is set on the Presqu’île de Caen, a peninsula that extends out from the city in France’s Normandy region towards the English Channel. “The cross-shaped building marks this central location between

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects wins Shanghai Library competition

Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has revealed its competition-winning designs for a new library in Shanghai featuring bands of glazing and wood-lined reading rooms. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects saw off competition from architects Kengo Kuma, David Chipperfield and Dominique Perrault to design the 125,000-square-metre Shanghai Library. Alternating strips of glazing and floor plate give the building, which

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Wilkinson Eyre inserts contemporary details into Giles Gilbert Scott’s Oxford University library

Wilkinson Eyre created a dramatic lightwell and a rooftop reading room for its revamp of a Giles Gilbert Scott-designed library at the University of Oxford – one of the six projects vying for the Stirling Prize later today (+ slideshow). London-based Wilkinson Eyre was asked to open up the interior of the 1940s-built Bodleian Library – now renamed as Weston Library – which More

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Wright & Wright unveils first addition to London’s historic Lambeth Palace in over 180 years

A red brick building designed for one of the UK’s oldest libraries will be the first new addition to Lambeth Palace – the historic home of the Archbishop of Canterbury – in almost two centuries (+ slideshow). London studio Wright & Wright Architects has revealed its plan for the new home of the Lambeth Palace More

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Studio Padron creates secluded library in the woods of New York state

This tiny black cabin by US firm Studio Padron serves as a cosy library and guest house for a vacation home in upstate New York (+ slideshow). Studio Padron completed the cabin to serve as a standalone, one-room library on the property. The small black hut doubles as a place for visitors to sleep. The More

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ZAS creates Toronto library with curved walls and slanted windows

Canadian firm ZAS has completed a glass and aluminium-clad public library in suburban Toronto, which has sculptural form influenced by a local rollercoaster (+ slideshow). The Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library is located in Vaughan, a suburban city just north of Toronto. Situated within a civic campus, the 3,306-square-metre building sits along a pedestrian promenade More

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Obama selects Chicago’s Jackson Park for presidential library site

US president Barack Obama has chosen Jackson Park in Chicago as the site to build the library that will commemorate his term in office. Although the official announcement is not due until next week, the Chicago Tribune has revealed that the location was selected over Washington Park – another green space in the city’s South Side. The historic More

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Mecanoo’s KRONA centre features a light-filled atrium and zigzagging concrete staircases

Dutch firm Mecanoo has completed a library and cultural centre in Kongsberg, Norway, which centres around an atrium with concrete staircases running across its walls and through its centre (+ slideshow). Mecanoo – which was also behind Europe’s largest public library – developed the KRONA Knowledge and Cultural Centre to accommodate a variety of public functions required by the local community. More

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Recycled ice cream tubs cover walls of elevated Microlibrary by Shau

Two thousand ice-cream tubs form the walls of this small community library in Bandung, Indonesia, and some of them have been perforated to display a subtle message (+ slideshow). The Microlibrary was designed by the local office of architecture firm Shau as the first prototype for a series of small libraries it intends to build across Indonesia. Situated in a small public More

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Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects chosen for Obama Presidential Library

Breaking news: architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien have won the long-running competition to design the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago. Announced by the Barack Obama Foundation today, the New York-based firm will partner with local practice Interactive Design Architects (IDEA) on the project to create a cultural venue in commemoration of the US president’s More

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Renzo Piano completes Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on a huge artificial hill

Italian architect Renzo Piano has finished a major new park, library and theatre complex in Athens, following one of the largest donations for a cultural building project in history (+ slideshow). Located in the Kallithea district in the south of the Greek capital, the huge Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre creates new homes for the National Library of Greece and More

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Eye-like library by MVRDV nears completion in China

Dutch firm MVRDV has revealed its designs for a library with an eye-shaped atrium, which is nearing completion in Tianjin, China (+ slideshow). The Tianjin Binhai Library will encompass 34,200 square metres of total floor space. It will have a rectilinear body, but at its centre will be an oval-shaped atrium with a spherical, mirrored auditorium. MVRDV designed this space to More

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Bing Thom creates combines curves and points with library in British Columbia

Bing Thom Architects has completed a library near Vancouver featuring angled concrete walls, curved windows and a pointy corner that resembles a ship’s bow (+ slideshow). The Surrey City Centre Library is the main branch of the public library system in Surrey, a suburban city about 50 kilometres southeast of downtown Vancouver. Completed in 2011, the four-storey library replaced More

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Gould Evans adds vibrant orange skin to Brutalist library in Kansas

US firm Gould Evans has revamped a 1970s concrete library in Kansas, wrapping the building in a terracotta rainscreen and adding modern amenities such as a recording studio (+ slideshow). The Lawrence Public Library, which recently won an American Institute of Architects design award, is located in the downtown area of Lawrence, the sixth largest More

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Herzog & de Meuron releases new images of National Library of Israel

Herzog & de Meuron has released further imagery of its curving, stone-clad National Library of Israel, which is now under construction and scheduled to complete in 2020 (+ slideshow). The new images reveal new details about the interior and exterior of the 34,000-square-metre library, which the Swiss firm is designing with Israeli firm Shinar Architects for a landscaped site in More

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AIA announces seven winners of library design awards

A library that spans a river and a 1970s building wrapped in terracotta panels are among the seven winning projects in the 2016 Library Building Awards from the American Institute of Architects (+ slideshow). Presented annually by the AIA in collaboration with the American Library Association, the Library Building Awards recognise exemplary facilities around the world that are designed by More

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Collective Architecture extends sandstone building to create Glasgow Women’s Library

The titles of important works of literature are engraved into the walls of this extension to a sandstone library in Glasgow, which has been refurbished to create a centre for women’s history (+ slideshow). Local firm Collective Architecture won a limited competition to redevelop the building in the city’s Bridgeton neighbourhood, which provides the first permanent home for More

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Perforations create dappled lighting inside Coffey Architects’ Science Museum research centre

Coffey Architects has added a library with a perforated facade to London’s Science Museum, as part of a major redevelopment that will also include galleries by Muf, Wilkinson Eyre and the late Zaha Hadid. The Dana Research Centre and Library occupies the lower two floors of the museum’s Wellcome Wolfson Building in South Kensington. Related story: More

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Snøhetta unveils design for Temple University library in Philadelphia

Architecture firm Snøhetta has released images of a new library it has designed for a Philadelphia university, stating that it aims to challenge the “traditional typology of the research library” (+ slideshow). The building – designed in collaboration with engineering firm Stantec – will be located on the campus of Temple University, a research-focused institution More

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SOM creates a circular library wrapped in aluminium fins for Chicago’s Chinatown

Architecture firm SOM incorporated principles from Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese design philosophy, while conceiving the new Chinatown Branch Library in Chicago (+ slideshow). Encompassing 16,000 square feet (1,490 square metres), the new library is located in Chicago’s Near South Side, on an urban site near a busy intersection and elevated metro station. “The building sits at More

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Estudio Beldarrain uses reclaimed railway sleepers to extend Spanish library

Railway sleepers form the walls of this extension to a library in Azkoitia, Spain, which is located at the town’s former railway station. Designed by Spanish studio Estudio Beldarrain, the Aizkibel Library extension adjoins the old station building, which had already been converted into a library but was in need of more space. The disused railway track had been cleared […]

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Europe’s biggest robotic car park opens below Scandinavia’s largest library

Lödige Industries’ automated car park has been installed beneath a library in Denmark, which was designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen (+ movie). The robotic system was developed by the German firm Lödige Industries and can stow 1,000 cars over three subterranean storeys. It acts like a valet, picking up cars from their drivers and transporting them to a designated parking space. […]

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Atelier Kastelic Buffey creates miniature book exchange that folds up into a glowing black box

This miniature wooden library for a Toronto suburb is designed to provide a public reading nook and book exchange, and folds into a box at night for security (+ slideshow). Called the Story Pod, the community-funded lending library and book exchange opens up to reveal shelves and seating nooks for reading. The whole structure retracts into an eight-foot […]

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FaulknerBrowns Architects adds weathering steel facade to new Hebburn Central community centre

The oxidised-steel walls and prefabricated construction of this community library and sports centre near Newcastle, England, are influenced by the region’s ship-building heritage (+ slideshow). Hebburn Central was designed by local firm FaulknerBrowns Architects to provide the town of Hebburn in South Tyneside with facilities including a library, dance studios, events spaces, a swimming pool, a fitness […]

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Mecanoo replaces Foster + Partners on New York Public Library renovation

The New York Public Library has selected Mecanoo – the Dutch architecture firm behind Europe’s biggest library – to lead the renovation of its iconic main building on Fifth Avenue and a smaller branch nearby. Mecanoo has been tasked with expanding the public areas of the Stephen A Schwarzman Building, the library’s main non-circulating research […]

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Hyundai Card Music Library by Choi Moon-kyu is a lending library for vinyl records

A double-height space filled with rare vinyl records and magazines is the centrepiece of this music library and venue in Seoul, which was commissioned by credit card company Hyundai Card as a free space for its members (+ slideshow). The Hyundai Card Music Library was designed by architect Choi Moon-kyu of Seoul office Ga.A Architects, and the […]

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Primus Arkitekter transforms Fritz Hansen factory into a library and cultural centre

A sawtooth roof with integrated skylights and solar panels gives this library and cultural centre in Denmark an industrial aesthetic that references its location at an old furniture factory (+ slideshow). Designed by Copenhagen studio Primus Arkitekter, the new facility in Allerød occupies a 1930s building that previously housed the offices of a factory operated by the […]

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Mecanoo scales back additions to Mies van der Rohe’s Washington DC library

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has revised its competition-winning design for the renovation of Mies van der Rohe’s Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library in Washington DC. Working with local firm Martinez and Johnson, Mecanoo originally proposed a three-level addition to the library by the Modernist German-American architect. The DC Public Library (DCPL) board rejected that design […]

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Omgeving’s black brick library in Zoersel is subdivided into smaller blocks

The front and rear facades of this library in Zoersel, Belgium, have been divided up into house-sized volumes to help the large building fit into its residential context (+ slideshow). Bibliotheek Zoersel was designed by Antwerp studio Omgeving for a plot in the town’s historic centre, which is undergoing major redevelopment following the introduction of a bypass that has displaced the majority […]

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen completes Scandinavia’s largest library

Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has completed a 30,000-square-metre library in Aarhus, Denmark, with a faceted metal-clad volume on top and a new train station underneath (+ slideshow). Located beside the harbour on the east side of Aarhus, Urban Mediaspace is the largest construction project in the Danish city’s history and the library – known […]

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Vector Architects completes a seaside library with board-marked concrete walls

This cast-concrete library sits on a stretch of deserted beach facing the East China Sea and features a tiered reading hall topped by a curving ceiling (+ slideshow). Beijing studio Vector Architects built the aptly named Seashore Library on the white sands of a beach in Nandaihe, a coastal region in eastern China. A tiered reading room occupies the […]

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Gianluca Gelmini inserts an angular iron staircase inside a medieval Italian fortress

A colossal iron staircase bursts through the medieval stone walls of this fortified tower in rural Italy and into a copper-clad extension, as part of a renovation by local studio Gianluca Gelmini (+ slideshow). The dilapidated 12th-century tower had sat empty for decades before its purchase by the local council of Villa d’Adda – a village near the Italian city of Bergamo – […]

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Studio Farris adds rusty steel extension to a library in Bruges

This library extension in the centre of Bruges is covered in sheets of pre-rusted Corten steel, deliberately contrasting the white plasterwork of the original building (+ slideshow). Antwerp office Studio Farris Architects won a competition organised by the local council to renovate and expand the Sint-Andries City library, which occupies a listed building in the centre of the Belgian […]

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen designs new library for earthquake-damaged Christchurch

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has unveiled its design for a new library in Christchurch, New Zealand, to replace the building left wrecked after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes (+ slideshow). The Danish firm is working with local studio Architectus on the New Central Library, which will provide a permanent replacement for the damaged library that was later […]

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Paris library by Agence Pascale Guédot angles around an old walnut tree

The chunky quartzite walls of this library on the outskirts of Paris are faceted to accommodate the span of a century-old walnut tree at the centre of the site (+ slideshow). Paris studio Agence Pascale Guédot designed the media library for a plot amidst the city hall, church and music conservatory in the heart of Bourg-la-Reine, a suburb of the […]

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Ateliers O-S adds golden metal walls to cultural centre beside a French cemetery

Strips of golden aluminium cover this performing arts school and library designed by Ateliers O-S Architectes to stretch across a hillside in a Parisian suburb (+ slideshow). Ateliers O-S Architectes was commissioned to design the Cultural Center, Media Library and Music and Dance School for a narrow, graduated plot in Saint Germain lès Arpajon, a suburb just south of […]
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Cladding panel falls off Zaha Hadid’s Vienna library

News: parts of Zaha Hadid Architects’ Library and Learning Centre in Vienna have been cordoned off after a piece of concrete cladding fell off. A chunk of concrete weighing an estimated 80 kilograms fell from the building, located at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, on Friday. Nobody was injured and the building remains open. Related story: […]
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Caruso St John to “restructure” Asplund’s Stockholm City Library

News: British architecture studio Caruso St John has won a competition to restore and expand one of Sweden’s most significant 20th century buildings – the Stockholm City Library by Swedish architect Erik Gunnar Asplund. Caruso St John will pick up the baton for the library project, which has been on hold since 2009, after being […]
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Hawaii unveils designs for Obama Presidential Centre bid

News: three international design teams, including architects Snøhetta and Allied Works, have developed designs for Hawaii’s bid to host Obama’s presidential library. The University of Hawaii commissioned three designs for its presentation in the battle to build the US President’s official library this month, having identified a beach site adjacent to the Kaka’ako Waterfront Park. […]
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French village library by Studio 02 Architectes presents a gridded facade of wood and glass

A grid of white concrete frames the alternating glass and timber walls of this library in a French village by Studio 02 Architectes (+ slideshow). Studio 02 Architectes designed the 450-square-metre library, named Mediatheque de Monterblanc, for a corner plot in the Brittany village of Monterblanc. Related story: White concrete cultural centre by DRDH nestles up against a […]
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Halifax library by Schmidt Hammer Lassen comprises four stacked blocks

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects stacked up boxy volumes with different dimensions and cladding finishes to create this library in Halifax, Canada (+ slideshow). Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects collaborated with local office Fowler Bauld & Mitchell on the design for the Halifax Central Library after winning a 2010 international competition for the redevelopment of the city […]
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Metallic polygonal roof tops La Madeleine library by Tank Architectes

Triangular skylights set into a faceted stainless-steel roof direct daylight into the reading room of this library that Tank Architectes has completed in a converted police station in France (+ slideshow). French studio Tank Architectes was responsible for repurposing the 1930s building as part of the development of a new public space at the centre of La Madeleine, a town on […]
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Granite-clad library by Carr Cotter & Naessens faces out over the Irish Sea

One huge window frames views out over the harbour from inside this library that Irish firm Carr Cotter & Naessens has completed in a harbour-side town near Dublin (+ slideshow). Set to open next week, Dlr Lexicon is the new public library for the town of Dún Laoghaire and was designed by Cork-based Carr Cotter & Naessens to […]
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White concrete cultural centre by DRDH nestles up against a Norwegian harbour

White concrete surfaces vary from matte to polished on the walls of this library and concert hall, completed by London studio DRDH on the waterfront of Bodø, Norway (+ slideshow). The project to design the new £110 million cultural centre was won by DRDH, run by Daniel Rosbottom and David Howarth, in 2009. The buildings, together named Stormen (Storm), […]

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Curving voids pierce the floors of Anttinen Oiva Architects’ Helsinki library

Elliptical openings create huge lightwells through the seven storeys of the Helsinki University Library by Anttinen Oiva Architects – another runner up from the first Finlandia Prize for Architecture (+ slideshow). The Helsinki studio led by architects Selina Anttinen and Vesa Oiva won a competition to design the library, also known as Kaisa House, on the […]

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Subterranean tunnel links Seinäjoki library by JKMM Architects with Aalto’s 1965 building

This cavernous copper-clad library was designed by JKMM Architects for Alvar Aalto’s historic Seinäjoki civic centre, and was one of three runners up from the first Finlandia Prize for Architecture (+ slideshow). Completed in 2013, the Seinäjoki City Library joins a complex of public buildings designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto for the small town in […]

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Herzog & de Meuron unveils curving stone design for contentious Israel library

News: Herzog & de Meuron has revealed its design for the National Library of Israel, after being chosen to replace the Israeli architect who originally won the competition. Herzog & de Meuron presents a “strong, sculptural” design for the new national library in Jerusalem – a project given to the Swiss firm after initial winner Rafi Segal was ousted […]

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Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library wins 2014 Modernism Prize

News: the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for preservation of a modern landmark has been given to a Finnish committee responsible for restoring architect Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia (+ slideshow). The Viipuri Library was built between 1927 and 1935 in what was then the Finnish city of Viipuri, and has been restored […]

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Li Xiaodong wins inaugural Moriyama Prize for “modest” Liyuan Library

News: Chinese architect Li Xiaodong has become the first recipient of the Moriyama Prize – a new award launched by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and architect Raymond Moriyama to rival the Pritzker and Stirling prizes. Launched earlier this year, the CAD$100,000 (£55,000) Moriyama Prize is one of the highest value award in architecture […]

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