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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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National library of Lithuania in Vilnius by 2XJ Architects

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Article source: 2XJ Architects

The new interior design for the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania was created in the context of the renovation of the building which was originally constructed in 1963.  Many elements including interior spaces, plan structure, interior elements and finishing materials are protected by strict heritage regulations. Therefore the interior spaces essentially were left intact, many interior elements and materials were restored or recreated. Many new functions were introduced within the existing spaces on the six floors of the building. New functional zones include few hundred working spaces for visitors, spaces for co-working, coffee shops, conference room, gallery, recording studio, cinema room, arts incubator, daycare centre and more. A lot of attention was dedicated to the aesthetic solutions highlighting the relation between “the old“ and “the new“. The aim was to make a clear distinction rather than moderating between the two. A modern homogeneous structure of black furniture and other interior elements was created, which forms a new identity for the library. The modular furniture system is minimalist in style, pretentious forms were avoided. Some of the elements were as large as 6 meter in height corresponding to the large scale of interior spaces.

Image Courtesy © Leonas Garbačauskas

  • Architects: 2XJ Architects
  • Project: National library of Lithuania
  • Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Photography: Leonas Garbačauskas
  • Lead Architects: Jokūbas Jurgelis, Laimis Valančiūnas, Jurga Marcinauskaitė
  • Area: 6100m2
  • Completion Year: 2016

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Public Library and Socio-Cultural Center in Aduanas, Spain by Singular Studio

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Article source: Singular Studio

This building, conceived with a hybrid use of Public Library and Socio-Cultural Center, is located in the seaside neighborhood of Javea, near the port. This is the reason why, after a process of architectural approach, it has been inspired by reasons related to the sea … metal facade vibrates, has three dimensions and simulates movement, such as sea surface. The facade treatment, as a light metal skin that envelops the whole volume, aims to boost its weightlessness without touching the ground plane. It is a large box or floating cage, a huge metal fishing net as those in the nearby port.

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

  • Architects: Singular Studio (J. Moragues, F. Nieto, R. Paternina)
  • Project: Public Library and Socio-Cultural Center
  • Location: Jávea (Alicante), Aduanas, Spain
  • Photography: David Frutos
  • Software used: Revit
  • Other participants: Laura Solbes, Sara Marí, Dionisio Henarejos, Laura MaríF
  • Surface: (m2) 1.132,29 m2 / 12.187,87 ft2
  • Year: 2014

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Antonio Castro Leal Library in Distrito Federal, Mexico by bgp arquitectura

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Article source: bgp arquitectura

The library located in two bays at the north side of the north-west patio at La Ciudadela. It was created to place the Antonio Castro Leal’s personal library, it was projected a transparent area in which the bookcases are attached on the walls to full height, these vertical elements in dark wood make the contrast with horizontal planes (floors) in light wood and translucent glass, so too the furniture in white. Despite the open space, one can distinguish four different areas: the reception, the teamwork area, personal reading area and the research area.

Image Courtesy © bgp arquitectura

The Cervantes Institute in Brussels, Belgium by Carlos Arroyo Architects

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Article source: Carlos Arroyo Architects

Compact and Flexible

One of the major challenges of the project was to combine at the ground floor level the required flexibility for a multifunctional and public space, and allowing at the same time the possibility to locate 30.000 books of the library. The system proposed to solve this issue was a three-dimensional version of the Cervantes Institute Logo. Orthogal geometries created by thick red lines which limit undefined spaces. One can move between this lines full of books and spend some time sitting on the benches located on the hallways or going out to wider spaces to enjoy the lecture at the café. The books work also as a storefront background. The activities allocated in this floor are visible from the street as a way to highlight its public essence. A domestic library, a coffee hall, a multifunctional space with stands or the information displayed on the monitors.

Image Courtesy © Miguel de Guzman + Rocío Romero (Imagen Subliminal)

  • Architects: Carlos Arroyo Architects
  • Project: The Cervantes Institute
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: Miguel de Guzman + Rocío Romero (Imagen Subliminal)
  • Client: Instituto Cervantes
  • Project Leader: Vanessa Cerezo
  • Design team: Alexander Krol, David Jiménez Iniesta, Paula Currás e Iciar Arboledas
  • Constructor: Plaintec
  • Video Music: Johnny Haway – My gun do error
  • Competition Design: July 2015
  • Implementation Design: September 2015
  • Construction: December 2015 – April 2016

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Maunula House in Helsinki, Finland by K2S Architects

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Article source: K2S Architects 

Maunula House is the central cultural and learning hub of a neighborhood being renewed. Located next to Maunula park in the center of the neighborhood of Maunula, the building is a center of public services to local residents of all ages. The library, the youth center and the adult education center cooperate seamlessly, enabling the co-usage and a high utilization rate of the spaces.

Image Courtesy © Mika Huisman

  • Architects: K2S Architects (Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola, Mikko Summanen)
  • Project: Maunula House
  • Location: Metsäpurontie 4, 00630 Helsinki, Finland
  • Photography: Mika Huisman
  • Client: City of Helsinki Real Estate Department / Erja Erra, Mika Malkki
  • Design team: Jaakko West, Elina Koivisto, Tommi Terästö, Tetsujiro Kyuma, Tommi Mauno, Juho Vuolteenaho, Petri Ullakko, Matti Wäre, Tuuli Kanerva, Antti Soini
  • Interior design: K2S Architects
  • Structural design: Pontek Engineering / Kari Saarivirta
  • HVAC: Äyräväinen Engineering / Jukka Issakainen
  • Electrical: Stacon Engineering / Kalevi Hämäläinen

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