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Mont-Àgora in Barcelona, Spain by Pere Puig arquitecte, SLP

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Article source: Pere Puig arquitecte, SLP

Santa Margarida de Montbui was a small municipality that the great immigration wave of the nineteen fifties and sixties turned into a dormitory town on the industrial outskirts of Barcelona.

In recent decades it has gradually acquired the basic services that it severely lacked: urbanisation of streets, health care facilities, schools, etc. Still missing though is a cultural centre capable of housing a library, conference room, auditorium and classrooms. In some way, this building represents the end of a trajectory from slum to city.

Image Courtesy © Pere Puig arquitecte, SLP

Image Courtesy © Pere Puig arquitecte, SLP

  • Architects: Pere Puig arquitecte, SLP
  • Project: Mont-Àgora
  • Location: Catalonia promenade s/n, 08710 Santa Margarida de Montbui, Barcelona, Spain
  • Photography: Rafael Tirado, Diputació de Barcelona (Òscar Ferrer),  Marc Vila
  • Developer: Diputació de Barcelona  and Santa Margarida de Montbui city council
  • Building company: INBISA: 1st  2nd and  3rdstage SOGESA:  4th stage
  • Surveyor: Manel Marín
  • Collaborating  architects: Marta Lucas, Francesc Mestre, Natàlia Pastor, Rafael Bosch, Daniel Policani, Núria Sabaté, Marta Closa, Maria Garcia
  • Acoustic: Ivana Rossell
  • MEP: Raül Cristóbal (IMOGEP)
  • Structure: Agustí Obiol (BAC Engineering Consultancy Group)
  • Project managers in the representation of property:  Ània Pluma (architect), Àngel Balaguer,  (architect)
  • Year: 2008/2015

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CCBRACH in Santiago, Chile by Ipiña+Nieto Arquitectos

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Article source: Ipiña+Nieto Arquitectos 

The project is set surrounding a library that is intended to be the core of the Cultural Center.  This space turns into a meeting point where all circulations begin and end.

Image Courtesy © Ipiña+Nieto Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Ipiña+Nieto Arquitectos

  • Architects: Ipiña+Nieto Arquitectos
  • Project: CCBRACH
  • Location: Calle Mac Iver 225, planta 15. Santiago, Chile
  • Client: Republica Federativa de Brasil
  • Project Team:  Tadea de Ipiña Mariscal, Jorge Nieto Pujol
  • Collaborators: Ignacio Hornillos
  • Construction: CVC Constructora
  • Area: 350m2
  • Project Year: 2014/2015

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Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville in Caen, France by OMA

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Article source: OMA 

Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville is a public library for the metropolitan region Caen la Mer in Normandy, France. The 12,000 m2 multimedia library is located at the tip of the peninsula that extends out from the city of Caen to the English Channel. Its key position – between the city’s historic core and an area of Caen that is being developed – supports the city’s ambition for the library to become a new civic center. The library’s glass facade visually connects the adjacent park, pedestrian pathway and waterfront plaza to the interior and together with two large ground floor entrances at both sides of the building, enables a fluid interaction of the library with its surroundings. On the upper floors, the urban belvedere provides unobstructed views in all four directions.

Photograph by Philippe Ruault, Courtesy of OMA

Photograph by Philippe Ruault, Courtesy of OMA

  • Architects: OMA
  • Project: Bibliothèque Alexis de Tocqueville
  • Location: Caen, France
  • Photography: Philippe Ruault
  • Client: Communauté d’agglomération Caen La Mer
  • Architecture: Clement Blanchet Architecture, Barcode Architects
  • Engineering: Iosis / Egis Batiments
  • Sustainability & Facade: Elioth
  • Acoustic: RHDHV
  • Scenography: Ducks sceno
  • Renderings / moving images: ArtefactoryLab
  • Façade: Rob van Santen / VS-a group
  • Curtains: Inside Outside
  • Program: Library, Total 12 700 m2 (SHON), including 325 m2 exhibition space, 350 m2 restaurant, 250m2 auditorium, 3200 m2 reading spaces, 2075m2 offices + logistics and 1900 m2 storage space
  • Status: Construction

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Kitchener Central Library in Canada by LGA Architectural Partners

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Article source: LGA Architectural Partners 

Kitchener is one of Canada’s fastest-growing communities, catalyzed by its universities and high-tech industry. Built in 1962, the city’s Main Branch Public Library was not only showing the effects of everyday wear and tear, it had reached an age which its major systems and components needed replacement. The library was designed at a time when energy costs were low and awareness of greenhouse gas emissions did not exist. The librarians tasked LGA Architectural Partners to preserve and expand the original structure while making it sustainable, accessible and elegantly robust—a must for a building that serves 107,000 cardholders. They also asked that the building’s design support the transforming library mandate from “reading and researching” to “meeting, making and active learning”.

The colours of the LED lights can be adjusted to reect seasonal events and holiday, Image Courtesy © Ben Rahn / A-Frame

The colours of the LED lights can be adjusted to reect seasonal events and holiday, Image Courtesy © Ben Rahn / A-Frame

  • Architects: LGA Architectural Partners
  • Project: Kitchener Central Library
  • Location: 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener, Canada
  • Photography: Ben Rahn / A-Frame
  • Architectural Project Team: David Warne, Janna Levitt, Phillip Carter, Christie Pearson, Cynthia Dovell, José Castel_Branco, Leo Lin, Sharon Leung, Kris Payne, Amanda Reed
  • Heritage Consultant: Philip Carter
  • Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical: Walter Fedy
  • Budget: $40 million
  • Size:

    • Library – 112,000 square feet (10,280 square metres)
    • Parking Garage – 165,000 square feet (15,320 square metres)
  • Completion: May 2014

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Corning Community College Library & Learning Commons in New York by HOLT Architects

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Article source: HOLT Architects

HOLT Architects was asked by Corning Community College to renovate and modernize the functionality of the College’s traditional Library; centralize the Campus’ Learning Centers; encourage independent learning on Campus and support the 21st century student; and support the 24-hour student by providing facilities for new modes and hours of study.

Image Courtesy © HOLT Architects

Image Courtesy © HOLT Architects

  • Architects: HOLT Architects (Maria Livingston)
  • Project: Corning Community College Library & Learning Commons
  • Location: New York, USA

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Het Kielzog Cultural and Municipal Complex in Hoogezand, The Netherlands by De Zwarte Hond

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Article source: De Zwarte Hond 

The Municipality of Hoogezand-Sappemeer has been given a single, prominent, public building in which a theatre, an arts centre, a library and the town hall are accommodated. In the dynamic heart of this Dutch municipality citizens are served a wide palette of services, information, education, culture and recreation. Existing elements, such as the theatre auditorium, dating back to the 1980s, are re-used in the new development. The adjacent town hall, at the moment still in an outdated state, will ultimately undergo a complete transformation. In the meantime the existing premises and the new build function as a single entity. The connecting, central street forms a temporary solution to the gaps in the present infrastructure. Both in terms of use, as well as technological exploitation and urban design, the new central building has great advantages for Hoogezand-Sappemeer.

Realised Phase 1 with existing town hall premises to the left, Image Courtesy © Michel Kievits

Realised Phase 1 with existing town hall premises to the left, Image Courtesy © Michel Kievits

  • Architects: De Zwarte Hond
  • Project: Het Kielzog Cultural and Municipal Complex 
  • Location: Hoogezand, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Michel Kievits
  • Client: Municipality of Hoogezand-Sappemeer
  • Area: Total 9250 m2 – Phase 1: 5.100 m2 & Phase 2: 4.150 m2
  • Year: Phase 1 : 2013 – 2016 / Phase 2: To be determined

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The Shanghai Library East Hall in China by nARCHITECTS

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Article source: nARCHITECTS

nARCHITECTS has won the 1st prize (Concept Design) in the 2016 International Young Architects Design Competition for the 110,000m2 Shanghai Library East Hall. The competition, which generated over 200 entries, was held by Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Government, aimed at enhancing Shanghai’s unique cultural influence and promoting qualities of public lives. The library proposal entitled “Library as Home” envisions a library that feels like a large house for all, with a rich variety of environments that Shanghai’s citizens could appropriate as their own. As such, our design is inspired by the intimate connections between people, media and nature in libraries of the ancient world.

Image Courtesy © Sonaar

Image Courtesy © Sonaar

  • Architects: nARCHITECTS
  • Project: The Shanghai Library East Hall
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Rendering: Sonaar
  • Software used: Rhino and AutoCad

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Renovation of the Bank of Slovenia in Ljubljana by SADAR + VUGA

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Article source: SADAR + VUGA

The renovation of the Bank of Slovenia’s central lobby was designed at a student workshop at Ljubljana’s Faculty of Architecture. The project was executed by SADAR+VUGA in close collaboration with the initial student design team.

Bank of Slovenia’s headquarters are located on Slovenska Boulevard. The portal of the 1920s building is adorned by two mighty Atlants. Behind this impressive entrance is the central lobby of the Bank of Slovenia.

Image Courtesy © Miran Kambič

Image Courtesy © Miran Kambič

  • Architects: SADAR + VUGA
  • Project: Renovation of the Bank of Slovenia
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Photography: Miran Kambič
  • Client: Bank of Slovenia
  • Architects Team: Seminar Jurij Sadar (Primož Černelč, Maja Omerzel, Tjaša Plavec, Urška Rupnik, Jan
    Trunkelj, Marko Kavčič; mentors: prof. Jurij Sadar, assist. Ana Kreč) and SADAR+VUGA (Jurij Sadar,
    Boštjan Vuga, Tina Hočevar, Gregor Turnšek, Tjaša Plavec)
  • Total floor area: 531 m2

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Norwegian Mountaineering Center in Møre og Romsdal, Norway by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Article source: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

The Norwegian Mountaineering Center is anchored in an innovative interpretation of nature’s fantastic dimensions and the dramatic experience of mountaineering. The design of the building is based on its function as a mountaineering center and gathering place for both locals and visitors. This provides the structure with a characteristic volume communicating its contents with exciting and unique geometrical expression. Its outer skin is clad in a uniform surface, highlighting its originality and situation next to the train tracks of Raumabanen and the station area in the Åndalsnes town center.

Image Courtesy © Søren Harder Jensen

Image Courtesy © Søren Harder Jensen

  • Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
  • Project: Norwegian Mountaineering Center
  • Location: Åndalsnes, Møre og Romsdal, Norway
  • Photography: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, Søren Harder Jensen, Fotograf André
  • Software used: AutoCad
  • Client: Stiftelsen Tindesenteret
  • Size / value: 900 m2
  • Commission type: Invited competition (2009), 1st prize
  • Status: Completed 2016

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Mediatheque in Carballo, Spain by Oscar Pedros Architects

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Article source: Oscar Pedros Architects

“Thinking on a 21th. Century library -as a friend of mine would say-, is like wondering about a book´s cemetery”. At that point, all efforts must conciliate architectonic non-variable values as sequence, promenade and staying with immateriality brought by new technologies. There is no other solution than sharing jealously material space with virtuality to avoid Carballo´s newest building ending as book warehouse.

Image Courtesy © Oscar Pedros Architects

Image Courtesy © Oscar Pedros Architects

 

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