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NATIONAL LIBRARY OF FRANCE by Dominique Perrault Architecture

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Article source: Dominique Perrault Architecture

A place and not a building

The “grands projects” of the President of the Republic that have been completed up to date are all closely associated with a site, and a history -in a word, a place with a name. The National Library of France is built on a stretch of industrial waste land on the banks of the Seine in the East End of Paris. It represents the starting- point for a complete reconstruction of this entire sector of the 13th district. The institution encompasses within it an element of grandiosity and an element of generosity. If we refer to the urban history of the great monuments which have been the fundamental signs of the city’s thrust toward new territory, the greatest gift that it is possible to give to Paris consists, today, in offering space, and emptiness – in a word, a place that is open, free, and stirring. Accordingly, the enormous building, which is envisaged with architectural emphasis and contentions by way of back-up, is transformed into a project that involves the void. Proposing as it does to the History of France a focus on immateriality and non-ostentation, this is an absolute luxury in thet city. It is this context which engenders the concept of the project.

Image Courtesy © Georges Fe

Image Courtesy © Georges Fe

  • Architects: Dominique Perrault Architecture
  • Project: NATIONAL LIBRARY OF FRANCE
  • Location: Quai François Mauriac, 75013 Paris, France
  • Photography: Georges Fessy, Vincent Fillon
  • Program:
    • Public spaces (public reading rooms 1 556 places, research reading rooms 2 034 places for a total of 3 590 readers for 59 070 m²)
    •  Reception and public services area (23 000 m²)
    •  Conference rooms (3 000 m²)
    •  Stock rooms (71 000 m², ca. 400 km of shelves, 20 million volumes)
    •  Administration (36 000 m²) of which 16 000 m² is office space in the towers
    •  Technical space (35 000 m²)
    •  Underground car park for 700 cars (20 500 m²)
  • Site area: 65 300 m²
  • Built area: 365 178 m²
  • Built volume: 1 500 000 m³ (more…)

USP LIBRARY in São Paulo, Brasil by AND-RÉ design & architecture

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Article source: AND-RÉ design & architecture 

A library defined by a continuous vertical visual and physical flow, achieved by the connection of floors with usable stairs. A library without boundaries, allowing flexibility and future space adaptability.

Image Courtesy © AND-RÉ design & architecture

Image Courtesy © AND-RÉ design & architecture

  • Architects: AND-RÉ design & architecture, SPACEGROUP, Maria Rodrigues de Azevedo
  • Project: USP LIBRARY
  • Location: São Paulo, Brasil
  • TEAM: Bruno André, Francisco Salgado Ré, Catarina Fernandes, Fernando Ferreira, Filipe Paixão, Maria Clara Rodrigues de Azevedo, Mariana Alves, Maria Teresa Ferreira, Silvia Acar
  • PROMOTER: Library Committee of the University of Law at USP
  • SCOPE: Library Competition Proposal
  • DATE: 2013

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Oxford University’s Weston Library in United Kingdom by Wilkinson Eyre

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Article source: Wilkinson Eyre

Oxford University’s Weston Library, home to some of the nation’s most valuable literary treasures, will reopen on 21st March 2015 following an £80m renovation by leading architectural practice Wilkinson Eyre.

Part of the University’s world famous Bodleian Library, the Grade Il listed building (formerly the New Bodleian) was originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in the 1930s. Situated opposite Nicholas Hawksmoor’s iconic Clarendon Building and Christopher Wren’s exquisite Grade I listed Sheldonian Theatre, its renovation is at the heart of an ambitious period of renewal of the Bodleian’s facilities aimed at safeguarding its vast and unique collection of books and manuscripts.

Image Courtesy © Will Pryce

Image Courtesy © Will Pryce

  • Architects: Wilkinson Eyre
  • Project: Oxford University’s Weston Library
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Photography: Ben Bisek, Will Pryce, John_Cairns (more…)

CALS Children’s Library in Little Rock, Arkansas by Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Article source: Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

Referred to as a “community-embedded, supportive learning center,” this library offers not only books, but also a performance space, a teaching kitchen, a greenhouse and vegetable garden, and an arboretum.

The Director of the Library System’s challenge was to create a playground without equipment, where nature and imagination combine to create grand adventures on a six acre natural site in the heart of the capital city.

Image Courtesy © Tim Hursley

Image Courtesy © Tim Hursley

  • Architects: Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects
  • Project: CALS Children’s Library
  • Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Photography: Tim Hursley
  • Client: Central Arkansas Library System
  • Building Area (sf):
    • 30,000 sf library proper
    • 8,500 sf greenhouse/shop
  • Cost per Square Foot: $260.00 / sf Building and Site, including wetland, bridges and weirs
  • Construction Cost: $9.3 million
  • Date of Completion: 2013

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Hillsboro Shute Park Branch Library Renovation in Oregon by Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Article source: Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc.

After 40 years of constant use Shute Park Branch Library had devolved into a dark, cluttered, and inefficient interior space that had little connection to its namesake park. This comprehensive renovation included a complete reorganization of the floor plan and was based on the integration of three transformative characteristics -establishing a new relationship to the park, openness, and natural light.

Image Courtesy © Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc.

Image Courtesy © Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc.

  • Architects: Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc.
  • Project: Hillsboro Shute Park Branch Library Renovation
  • Location: 775 SE 10th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123, Oregon
  • Software used: Revit, Illustrator, Indesign, and Photoshop
  • Project Team: David Wark, AIA, LEED AP, Jimmy Gantz, AIA, LEED AP, Meg Matsushima, AIA, LEED APAngelique Nossa, IIDA, LEED AP Laura Craig Bennett, LEED GA
  • Client: City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro Public Library
  • Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • MEP/FP Engineer: MKE and Associates, Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: Walker Macy
  • Completion date: 25 February 2014
  • Occupancy date: 10 March 2014
  • Project Budget: $4,220,000

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PUCP SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE LIBRARY in Perú by LLOSA I CORTEGANA architects

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Article source: LLOSA I CORTEGANA architects

The typology of a Library has a memory, and shelters memory at the same time. It becomes singular. Implanted in the Campus of the Catholic University of Perú, the project emerge from the circumstances surrounding it, tensions and connections with the environment, the community, the pre-existing structures shape their figure, outlining, perforating, rotating, and folding it.

Image Courtesy © Juan Solano

Image Courtesy © Juan Solano

  • Architects: LLOSA I CORTEGANA architects
  • Project: PUCP SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE LIBRARY
  • Location: San Miguel – Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
  • Photography: Juan Solano
  • Year: 2011- 2014
  • Architects Team: Patricia Llosa Bueno, Rodolfo Cortegana Morgan
  • Design Team: Andrea Silva Canessa, Angelica Piazza

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Multifunctional community schools in Sas van Gent, Netherlands by Atelier PRO architekten

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Article source: Atelier PRO architekten 

In the heart of Sas van Gent, on the border of ancient fortifications where only a few hedges still remind of days of old, De Statie is situated, a Multifunctional Community School and a senior housing complex. Besides a library, several community facilities and a sports centre, the complex accommodates two primary schools, a childcare centre, playgroup and municipal health service (GGD), and a residential complex of 23 apartments.

Image Courtesy © Petra Appelhof

Image Courtesy © Petra Appelhof

  • Architects: Atelier PRO architekten 
  • Project: Multifunctional community schools
  • Location: CanadalaanDe Statie, Sas van Gent, Netherlands
  • Photography: Petra Appelhof lichter, John Lewis Marshall lichter
  • Project architect: Dorte Kristensen and Pascale Leistra
  • Project leader : Ronald Peters
  • General contractor:  van Wijnen, Waalwijk
  • Client: Woongoed Zeeuws-Vlaanderen
  • Gross floor: area  9000 m²
  • Total building costs:  € 10.000.000,-
  • Design period: 2009 – 2010
  • Construction period: 2011 – 2013

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Paulo Freire Library in Paraná State, Brazil by 3C ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Article source: 3C ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM

The construction of the new library for the ParqueTecnológicoItaipu(ItaipuTechnological Park – PTI in portuguese) over the ruins of the former Itaipu workforce housing lodges aimed at writing the history of the largest dam in the Americas into built form. By preserving physically and metaphorically the state in which the PTI found the area when it started to be implemented, the building highlights the expressive renewal the old sheds have gone through since the Park was created.

Image Courtesy © Saga Photography

Image Courtesy © Saga Photography

  • Architects: 3C ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM
  • Project: Paulo Freire Library
  • Location: Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná State, Brazil
  • Photography: Saga Photography
  • Area: 2500m²
  • Design Team: Lead designers – arch. Leonardo Damiani Poletti, arch. Tiago Holzmann da Silva,arch. Pedro Augusto Alves de Inda; support design team – arch. Fernanda Zucoloto, arch. Cristiano MouraLoureiro, arch. Hilton Fagundes, Camila Vitalli, arch. Alice Rauber, librarian Silvia Maria PuentesBentacourt, LetíciaFiebig, Roberta Alencastro, Sabrina Machry, Bruna Caldas; lighting, structural, electric, hydraulic and air conditioning design: Projet Engineering Services; wooden structures design: eng. Ms. EveraldoPletz
  • Finish: Floor: composite granite;
  • Wall: wood, concrete and original masonry from the restored areas;
  • Ceiling: glass and wood (interior); water surface, green roof and pebbles (exterior)

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Luminous Moon-Gate (Taichung City Cultural Center) in Taichung, Taiwan by Form4 Architecture

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Article source: Form4 Architecture

Luminous Moon-Gate was designed in 2013 for the Taichung City Cultural Center International Competition. The design intent behind the proposed project hints at multiple interpretative roles for Taichung: a portal into heightened consciousness, a lantern of knowledge, a catalyst for metropolitan living, a cultural lung for the body of the city, a gate toward a responsible future, a center regenerative of community life, a landmark for orientation.

The grand moon-gate form follows the idea that transparency of knowledge leads to collective achievements, Image Courtesy © Form4 Architecture

The grand moon-gate form follows the idea that transparency of knowledge leads to collective achievements, Image Courtesy © Form4 Architecture

  • Architects: Form4 Architecture
  • Project: Luminous Moon-Gate (Taichung City Cultural Center)
  • Location: Taichung Gateway Park, Park Avenue 2, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Software used: VRay
  • Architecture Team: John Marx, AIA, Pierliuigi, Serraino, AIA Felix, Lin
  • Size: building = 63,000 sq. meters, site = 6.4 acres
  • Designed: May 31, 2013

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Carles Rahola State Public Library in Girona, Spain by Mario Corea, Lluís Moran, Sebastián Guerrico

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Article source: Mario Corea, Lluís Moran, Sebastián Guerrico

The new library is located on a large rectangular plot in the center of Girona. Bounded on the north by busy Avenue Emili Grahit, the site is embedded in a dense and compact neighborhood of tall residential blocks. These urban conditions – plus the fact that this is the largest library in the network of public libraries in Catalunya – contributed to the development of a design strategy based on two main considerations.

Image Courtesy © Pepo Segura

Image Courtesy © Pepo Segura

  • Architects: Mario Corea, Lluís Moran, Sebastián Guerrico
  • Project: Carles Rahola State Public Library
  • Location: Girona, Spain
  • Photography: Pepo Segura
  • Year: 2014
  • Structural Engineer: David García / BIS Arquitectes
  • Mechanical Engineer: Eduard Bou / K2
  • Construction: Copcisa
  • Collaborators: Lorena Airasca, Cesc Buxo, Isis Campos, Marina Correia, María Soledad Díaz, Laura Guitart, Consuelo Koch, Víctor Moita, André Mota, Alexandra Perez, Alex Puig, Aristides Pujalte, Amanda Soler, Leticia Wouk
  • Area: 8.072 m2

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