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Laure-Conan Library in La Malbaie, Canada by acdf architecture

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Article source: acdf architecture

Located on the edge of the St. Lawrence River, La Malbaie was one of Canada’s first holiday resort towns. The new Laure Conan Library and City Hall in La Malbaie, emphasizes the importance of offering a contemporary architecture with a “story to tell.” The project’s main narrative focuses on the value of the site’s historic landscape as it symbolizes the reconciliation between the present city, and the historical landscape closely linked to the St. Lawrence River.

Image Courtesy © acdf architecture

  • Architects: acdf architecture
  • Project: Laure-Conan Library
  • Location: La Malbaie, Canada
  • Client: Town of La Malbaie
  • Budget: 6.5 M$
  • Completion: 2011
  • Area: 2040 m2

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Eight tenths Garden in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Article source: Wutopia Lab

Eight tenths Garden is an art museum dedicated to arts and crafts, which can also be used as a venue for the conference in the idle hours. It has a coffee shop, a library, offices, bed and breakfasts, as well as a restaurant, study rooms and chess rooms. It is a micro cultural complex in all.

Eight tenths garden was originally a sales center. The sales center was one of the two-story buildings on the street’s triangular corner, with a four-story circular hall embedded on the top of it. The entrance is located on the garth of the triangle. The other two sides of the building were the neighborhood committee and shops along the street.

Image Courtesy © CreatAR

  • Architects: Wutopia Lab
  • Project: Eight tenths Garden
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Photography: CreatAR
  • Client: Shi Huijuan
  • LDI: Shanghai DuJuan Engineering Design and Consultants Limited
  • Interior Design: ShangRuiYuan Building Design Consultants Limited
  • Landscape design: Atelier VISION
  • Chief architect: Yu Ting

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Cityforum & Public Library Tilburg in The Netherlands by CIVIC – TheCloudCollective

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Article source: CIVIC – TheCloudCollective

In the Tilburg railway zone, the construction of the LocHal took off this week. Within the contours of the monumental locomotive hall, CIVIC architects in collaboration with Braaksma & Roos Architecten and Inside Outside, designed a large public building. The project houses a public library, workspaces, conference rooms, exposition spaces, an art school, a glass music hall and an elevated foyer overlooking the city. The building adds a contemporary layer to the ancient typology of the library. It functions as a public space where visitors can read and lend books and other media but at the same time are stimulated to collectively share and develop new knowledge.

Image Courtesy © 3d studio Prins

  • Architects: CIVIC – TheCloudCollective
  • Project: Cityforum & Public Library Tilburg
  • Location: Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • Photography: 3d studio Prins
  • Client: Gemeente Tilburg
  • Restauration architect: Braaksma & Roos architecten
  • Interior & textiles: Inside Outside – Petra Blaisse
  • Interior design Library: Mecanoo architecten
  • Design & Coordination: CIVIC – TheCloudCollective, Braaksma & Roos architects, InsideOutside and Arup

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Library of Birmingham in UK by Mecanoo architecten b.v.

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Article source: Mecanoo architecten b.v.

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Centenary Square, the largest public square in the heart of Birmingham, currently lacks cohesion or a clear identity or atmosphere.  Mecanoo’s design transforms the square into one with three distinct realms: monumental, cultural and entertainment. These palazzos form an urban narrative of important periods in the history of the city; The Repertory Theatre (REP), a 1960s concrete building, the Library of Birmingham, designed in 2009 and Baskerville House, a listed sandstone building designed in 1936. The busiest pedestrian route in the city, what Mecanoo calls the red line, leads pedestrians into Centenary Square. The cantilever of the library is not only a large canopy that provides shelter at the common entrance of the Library of Birmingham and the REP, but additionally forms a grand city balcony with views of the events and happenings on the square.

Image Courtesy © Christian Richters

  • Architects: Mecanoo architecten b.v.
  • Project: Library of Birmingham
  • Location: Birmingham, UK
  • Client: Birmingham City Council
  • Structural and mechanical engineer: Buro Happold, Birmingham, Glasgow
  • Theatre consultant: Theateradvies, Amsterdam
  • Design manager: Davis Langdon Schumann Smith, London
  • Contractor: Carillion Building, West Midlands

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507 Fab House in Châlette-sur-Loing, France by Encore Heureux architectes

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Article source: Encore Heureux architectes

Hutchinson opened its 507 Fab House a year ago. This research and innovation center is located at the group’s historic factory in Chalette-sur-Loing, two hours south of Paris. The architecture office of Encore Heureux undertook a complete renovation of this building, whose metal framework was designed and built by Gustave Eiffel in 1869.

The 507 Fab House is a High-tech and digital place but Hutchinson wanted it to be simple, convivial, warm, modular and different. The building’s exterior is intentionally understated to blend into the industrial environment.

Image Courtesy © Cyrus Cornut

  • Architects: Encore Heureux architectes (Julien Choppin and Nicola Delon)
  • Project: 507 Fab House
  • Location: Rue Gustave Nourry, 45120 Châlette-sur-Loing, France
  • Photography: Cyrus Cornut, Philippe Rouault and Rémy-Pierre Ribière
  • Client: Hutchinson (Aurore Bardon, Director of the 507 project and Christian Leys, construction manager)
  • Project manager: Margot Cordier, assistée de Jordan Weisberg & Ariane Francescato
  • Program manager: François Guiguet (Aubry et Guiguet Programmation)
  • Interior design for the kitchen and the Hut: Véronique Bertholon

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New York Public Library Stapleton Branch by Andrew Berman Architect

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Article source: v2com

Andrew Berman Architect was asked to design a re-conceived and enlarged branch library located in Stapleton, Staten Island for the New York Public Library. A single room Carnegie branch library, designed by Carrere and Hastings in 1909, had been serving the community for over 100 years, and was to be renovated as part of the library expansion. An empty adjacent lot was allocated for a 7,000 square foot addition to create a new library of 12,000 square feet that would better serve the community and its current needs.

Exterior view at night, Image Courtesy © Naho Kubota

  • Architects: Andrew Berman Architect
  • Project: New York Public Library
  • Location: Staten Island, New York, USA
  • Photography: Naho Kubota
  • Client: New York Public Library
  • Structural Engineer: Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP
  • MEP Engineer: IP Group Engineer
  • Lighting Consultant: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
  • Landscape Architect: Wallace, Roberts & Todd
  • General Contractor: Plaza Construction
  • Area: 12,000 sq ft

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Torsby Finnskogscentrum in Värmland, Sweden by Bornstein Lyckefors arkitekter

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Article source: Bornstein Lyckefors arkitekter

Bornstein Lyckefors Architects has designed a museum and cultural center in an old school in the forest outside Torsby, Sweden. The museum pays tribute to slash-burn agriculture Finns who settled deep into the forests in the early 1600s.

The facade consists of 300 logs that has been cut down in the woods surrounding the museum. They are decorticated, untreated, cleaved in half, and mounted on a rack surrounding the building, Image Courtesy © Bornstein Lyckefors arkitekter

  • Architects: Bornstein Lyckefors arkitekter
  • Project: Torsby Finnskogscentrum
  • Location: Värmland, Sweden
  • Client: Värmlands Museum
  • Team: Per Bornstein, Andreas Lyckefors, Johan Olsson, Elle-Kari Mannerfelt, Alexandra Lindberg, Monica Warwick
  • Building cost: 5,9 M SEK
  • Size: 2000 sqm
  • Date: 2014

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Vitrolles Media Library in France by Jean-Pierre Lott

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Article source: Metropolis Communication

The architect Jean-Pierre Lott has just delivered the new media library of Vitrolles. Located in the heart of the district of Les Pins, it symbolizes the renewal of the town center.

Vitrolles, like many cities on the periphery of great metropolises, grew too quickly. A victim of the urbanization of the 1960s, it went from the status of little Provençal village with about a thousand inhabitants, to a bedroom community comprised of soulless apartment buildings.

Image Courtesy © Aldo Amoretti

  • Architects: Jean-Pierre Lott
  • Project: Vitrolles Media Library
  • Location: 1 place de la liberté, avenue des Salyen, 13127 Vitrolles, France
  • Photography: Aldo Amoretti
  • Client: City of Vitrolles
  • Client representative: Icade
  • TCE engineering consultant: OTEIS
  • HQE engineering consultant: OASIIS

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Bendigo Library in Victoria, Australia by MGS Architects

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Article source: MGS Architects 

Since its opening in 1984, Bendigo Library has proved both popular and successful, welcoming almost 500,000 users through its doors each year and providing membership services to 40,000 people.

Adjacent to the stately Bendigo Town Hall, and positioned at the gateway to the Hargreaves Mall shopping precinct, the building is ideally placed to embody the principles of access and communication, which are so important to a confident, caring community.

Image Courtesy © Latreille Delage Photography

  • Architects: MGS Architects
  • Project: Bendigo Library
  • Location: Victoria, Australia
  • Photography: Latreille Delage Photography

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Rehovot Community Center in Israel by Kimmel Eshkolot architects

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Article source: Kimmel Eshkolot architects

Creating a new urban plaza, the project includes studios for dance, music, sports and a library. Completed in 2016.

The community center includes a variety of spaces, such as an arts and crafts workshop, music rooms, dance studios, martial-arts studios, a multi-purpose hall and a ‘youth wing’. Next to the main building is a library, which operates as a multi-media center, attracting visitors of all ages for a variety of activities. The two buildings are designed to operate together and separately.

Image Courtesy © Kimmel Eshkolot architects

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