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VARNA CONTEMPORARY LIBRARY in Bulgaria by PLUKK / Architecture

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Article source: PLUKK / Architecture

The form of the library is based on the idea of ​​the concentration of local collections of education into a single treasury, whose looks of a golden casket associates the most precious treasure of the country. The heart of the building consists in its own book archive, surrounded and protected by successive library spaces with direct daylight and freedom of movement in both the horizontal and vertical direction. The solid mass of the archive is slightly rotated in order to create qualitatively comparable surfaces throughout the building. The library operation is divided into four basic segments. An elevated parterre with a mezzanine operates with a minimum built-up areas, as you can enter it from all directions. This leads to an active link between the public space of the city and the library. Ir is followed by a segment associating four stories of the library for adults and youth, which is coupled with a reading room and a terrace continuously bordering the entire building. The last function block houses a media library and the children’s department. It has its own sheltered terrace which opens to a panoramic view of the town and the nearby sea.

Image Courtesy © PLUKK / Architecture

Image Courtesy © PLUKK / Architecture

  • Architects: PLUKK / Architecture + FARA ON
  • Project: VARNA CONTEMPORARY LIBRARY
  • Location: Varna, Bulgaria

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Njoro Children’s Library in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania by Patricia Erimescu

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Article source: Patricia Erimescu

Serving 408 kids from primary school and also the pupils from other three schools in the surrounding area, the Njoro Children’s Library is important in terms of giving the pupils access to books and reading in a region in which most have no books at home.

the brick wall contribute to a comfortable inside climate, Image Courtesy © Patricia Erimescu

the brick wall contribute to a comfortable inside climate, Image Courtesy © Patricia Erimescu

  • Architects: Patricia Erimescu
  • Project: Njoro Children’s Library 
  • Location: Mailisita, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
  • Software used: AutoCad and Photoshop
  • Client: Njoro Primary School
  • Local coordinator: James Kirima
  • Local support: Excel Education Foundation
  • Build by: locals, pupils, teachers and volunteers
  • Volunteers: Anatol Struna, Ovidiu Chifor, Calin Bodnar, Laura Terzi, Radu Cotenescu, Sarah Kraußlach, Razvan Onu, Ovidiu Chifor, Beatriz Santiago, Vittorio Degli Innocenti, Simon Bowden, Pete Steele
  • Materials/techniques: compressed earth blocks and reused concrete blocks from an abandoned construction
  • Cost: 5400 USD
  • Built area: 90 mp
  • Year: 2015

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Sawyer Library in Williamstown, Massachusetts by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

This project represents the culmination of a 12-year effort to reimagine Williams College’s library and restore the campus’ historic Stetson Hall, which served as the library and now continues in an archival role by housing rare original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The results fuse new and old, intertwining the college’s historic roots with the forward-looking views of its scholarly community.

Image Courtesy © Peter Aaron/OTTO

Image Courtesy © Peter Aaron/OTTO

  • Architects: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Project: Sawyer Library
  • Location: Williamstown, Massachusetts, US
  • Photography: Peter Aaron/OTTO, Nic Lehoux
  • Owner: Williams College
  • Acoustics: Cavanaugh Tocci Associate
  • Engineer – Civil: Guntlow & Associates, Inc.
  • Engineer – Geotechnical: Haley & Aldrich
  • Engineer – Structural: CVM Engineers
  • Interior Design: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Leslie Saul & Associates
  • Landscape Architect: Michael Vergason Landscape Architects

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Hennepin County Walker Library in Minneapolis, Minnesota by VJAA

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Facing challenges in the form of a modest post-recession budget, the need for a quiet library sited on a bustling urban intersection, and distinct design that needed to remain sensitive to the character of Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood, the new Walker Library serves as a living room for a diverse, arts-oriented neighborhood. The 30,000-square-foot building lies across the street from the original Beaux Arts building that housed the library until 1981, when a gloomy, leaking subterranean library that was anything but a civic asset replaced it.

Image Courtesy © Paul Crosby

Image Courtesy © Paul Crosby

  • Architects: VJAA
  • Project: Hennepin County Walker Library
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
  • Photography: Paul Crosby
  • Contractor: Shaw Lundquist
  • Engineering – Civil: Pierce Pini
  • Engineering – MEP: Engineering Design Initiative
  • Engineering – Structural: BKBM Engineers
  • Interior Design: Barnhouse Office
  • Landscape Architect: Close Associates

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Lawrence Public Library Renovation and Expansion in Kansas by Gould Evans

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The renovation and expansion of this 1970s concrete library has transformed it into a 21st century civic place: from book repository to multimedia community hub. The design solution wrapped all sides of the existing library with a continuous reading room, emphasizing places of spontaneous gathering, reflection and learning. The addition also provides a high-performance thermal envelope engineered to harvest daylight and reduce energy usage. Openings at each corner reveal unique public amenities, including children’s’ cubbies, teen gaming zones, meeting spaces and a coffee bar. Within a few months of reopening, user visits increased 55%, with youth program attendance up 160%.

Image Courtesy © Tim Griffith

Image Courtesy © Tim Griffith

  • Architects: Gould Evans
  • Project: Lawrence Public Library Renovation and Expansion
  • Location: Lawrence, Kansas, US
  • Photography:  Tim Griffith, Michael Sinclair
  • Contractor: A. Green Construction Co., Inc.
  • Engineer – Civil: Bartlett & West Engineers, Inc.
  • Engineer – Mechanical: Professional Engineering Consultants, PA
  • Engineer – Structural: Bob D. Campbell and Co., Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: Bartlett & West Engineers, Inc.
  • Sustainable Design: Syska Hennessey Group, Inc.

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Renton Public Library in Washington by The Miller Hull Partnership

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The Miller Hull Partnership

When it opened in 1966, the Renton Public Library was an engineering feat. With pre-cast concrete and wood truss joists creating a stunning 80-foot central span across Washington State’s Cedar River and active salmon habitat, the library is beloved by generations of families and community members. Preservation of this community treasure was a clear priority for the project, but, by 2015, the library’s envelope was deteriorating and not in line with current energy codes. The structural system and chief design element did not measure up to current seismic standards, nor could it handle potential soil liquefaction.

Image Courtesy © Lara Swimmer

Image Courtesy © Lara Swimmer

  • Architects: The Miller Hull Partnership
  • Project: Renton Public Library
  • Location: Renton, Washington, US
  • Photography: Lara Swimmer
  • Owner: King County Library System
  • Acoustical Design: Sparling (Stantech)
  • Cost Estimate: Roen & Associates
  • Engineer – Civil: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Engineer – Electrical: Sparling (Stantec)
  • Engineer – Geotechnical: GeoEngineers, Inc.
  • Engineer – Mechanical/Plumbing: PAE Consulting Engineers
  • Engineer – Structural: Coughlin Porter Lundeen (more…)

Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch in Illinois by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Alancing aesthetics, pragmatic programming, and sustainable design, the 16,000-square-foot Chinatown Branch Library serves as an educational and social hub for Chicago’s historic Chinatown neighborhood. As one of the Chicago Public Library system’s busiest branches, the new library focuses on inclusive community activities and technology-based learning while uniting the two distinct North and South Chinatown districts. The interwoven design elements have created a library that serves as a community anchor and an enduring cultural asset that slips easily into the city’s urban fabric.

Image Courtesy © Hedrich Blessing

Image Courtesy © Hedrich Blessing

  • Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Project: Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, US
  • Photography: Hedrich Blessing
  • Acoustics: Shen Milsom & Wilke LLC
  • Engineer: dbHMS
  • Civil: Terra Engineering
  • Environmental: Pioneer EES
  • Structural: Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers
  • Landscape Architects: Site Design

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Billings Public Library in Montana by Will bruder+PARTNERS ltd with O2 Architects

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Tasked with realizing the vision of a central donor and citizens who were seeking a beautiful and highly functional building, the design team for the new Billings Public Library created a timeless landmark for the city that is innovative and responsive while celebrating the state’s architectural heritage.

Image Courtesy © Bill Timmerman

Image Courtesy © Bill Timmerman

  • Architects: Will bruder+PARTNERS ltd with O2 Architects
  • Project: Billings Public Library
  • Location: Billings, Montana, US
  • Photography: Bill Timmerman
  • Elevator Consultant: Michael Elevator Service Company
  • Acoustical: McKay Conant Hoover, Inc.
  • Civil: Sanderson Stewart
  • Geotechnical: Terracon
  • Structural: Rudow+Berry, Inc.
  • General Contractor: Jackson Contractor Group
  • Interior Design: will bruder+PARTNERS ltd
  • Landscape Architect : Foley Group, LLC

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Hamilton Public Library & Hamilton Farmers Market in Ontario, Canada by dpai architecture inc + RDH Architects

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Article source: dpai architecture inc + RDH Architects

The renovation of the Hamilton Public Library and Farmer’s Market was conceived as a design-driven opportunity to spur sustained urban renewal. A 96-meter long, continuous glass vestibule with LED lighting re-establishes the building’s relationship to York Street, while the interior executions are geared around elevating the library’s functionality to modern European standards. An emphasis on transparent materials facilitates a conversation between the library and adjacent market, which received a series of service upgrades.

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

  • Architects: dpai architecture inc + RDH Architects
  • Project: Hamilton Public Library & Hamilton Farmers Market
  • Location: 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada  
  • Photography: Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier
  • Client: City of Hamilton
  • Structural Engineer: Group Eight Engineering Ltd.
  • Mechanical / Electrical Engineering: Group Eight Engineering Ltd.
  • Contractor: Kemp Construction
  • Budget: $14 Million
  • Status: Complete
  • Awards:
  • 2014 International Architecture Award – The Chicago Athenaeum of Architecture and Design
  • 2012 Best Institutional Interior – Canadian Interiors Magazine “Best in Canada” 2012 Ontario Library Association Award of Excellence
  • 2012 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence

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Varna Library design in Bulgaria by Spatial practice

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Article source: Spatial practice 

spatial practice design for the Varna Public Library Competition has been shortlisted and selected 3rd place among the winning entries.  The design of the 28,000sm public library was selected among 370 entries.

main view , Image Courtesy © Spatial practice

main view , Image Courtesy © Spatial practice

  • Architects: Spatial practice 
  • Project: Varna Library design
  • Location: Varna, Bulgaria
  • Project Team: Erik Amir, Dora Chi, Jason Loo, Ryo Otsuka, Eric Yuen
  • Render: Karol Borkowski
  • Client: Municipality of Varna
  • Project Area: 17,235 m2 (above ground) 11,000 m2 (below ground)
  • Number of Stories: 8 (above ground) 3 (below ground)
  • Building Height: 30.5m

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