Archive for the ‘Library’ Category
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Article source: Henning Larsen Architects
The new Helsinki Central Library is uniquely situated in the historic city centre, with direct views to the downtown area and Töölönlahti Bay. The design of the new building is inspired by this exceptional location, incorporating and intertwining the park and city in a sweeping gesture reminiscent of a yin yang symbol.
Image Courtesy © Henning Larsen Architects
- Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
- Project: New Helsinki Central Library
- Location: Helsinki, Finland
- Client: The City of Helsinki
- Gross floor area: 10,000 m2
- Year of design: 2012 – 2013
- Type of assignment: Open International Competition
Saturday, March 15th, 2014
Article source: Dan Hanganu + Côté Leahy Cardas architects
The Monique-Corriveau Library, housed in the Saint-Denys-du-Plateau church, is an exception, and in a rather unusual way. It is a tribute to the career—exceptional for her time—of the Quebec writer whose name it honours. This mother of 10 children, to each of whom she dedicated a book, was the author of numerous children’s books and winner of several literary awards.
Image Courtesy © Nikolas Koenig
- Architects: Dan Hanganu + Côté Leahy Cardas architects
- Project: Monique Corriveau-Library
- Location: 1100 route de l’Église, Québec
- Photography: Nikolas Koenig
- Software used: Autocad and Sketch-up.
- Name of client: Ville de Québec, arrondissement Sainte-Foy – Sillery – Cap-Rouge
- Architecte of the church Saint-Denys-du-Plateau (1964): Jean-Marie Roy
- Architect in charge: Jacques Côté, Sébastien Laberge,
- Design Team: Dan S. Hanganu, Gilles Prud’homme, Diana Cardas, Sébastien Laberge
- Team: Pascal Gobeil, Martin Girard, Marie-Andrée Goyette (CLC), Olivier Grenier, Martine Walsh, Anne-Catherine Richard, Marc Despaties (DHA)
- Engineers: Civil / Structure
- Project size: 4400m2 (3 levels)
- Cost: $14.7 millions
- Date of completion: Occupation autumn 2013
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Article source: BURO II & ARCHI+I
A key project in the heart of the Belgian city of Roeselare is the renewal of the inner-city nucleus formed by Noordstraat, Ooststraat and Henri Horriestraat. The city centre will be structurally strengthened by enlarging a modern centre of knowledge and learning, developing additional commercial premises and building new homes. The renewal project is situated right in the centre of the city. It is an integral part of the main shopping precinct that stretches between the Saint Michael Church and the Grote Markt (market square) on the one hand and the railway station on the other.
Image Courtesy © BURO II & ARCHI+I
- Architects: BURO II & ARCHI+I
- Project: knowledge centre ARhus
- Location: Roeselare, Belgium
- Client: City of Roeselare
- Team: Arch. Tom Vandorpe [project director], Arch. Kevin Huysentruyt and arch. Riet Ide [design architect], Arch. Jo Baeke [project architect], Int.arch. Anne-Mie Vermaut [interior architect]
- Actual execution term: yard started January 2010
- Handover date: February 20, 2014
- Gross fl oor area: 7.460 m²
- Originally estimated budget full ex-kbc site: € 34.824.000,00 [excl. BTW]
- Originally estimated budget knowledge centre: 18.000.000,00 [excl. BTW]
- Contracted budget: € 180.000,00 [demolition]
Friday, February 28th, 2014
Article source: ARCHI5
The Media Library is a strong cultural symbol for the Marsan urban area. It is a place of discovery, gatherings and exchanges for its users. It is a visible, distinctive building without being overpowering.
The Media Library stands in the middle of the Bosquet barracks, and care has been taken to augment the dialogue with the place’s strong architectural whole. With its clean envelope of pure geometric lines, a 197 ft x 197 ft square, the building complies with the classical layout yet contrasts with its austerity by offsetting the system with a corner opening onto the city. Its façades reflect the surrounding barracks like a respectful, deferential mirror.
Image Courtesy © Didier Boy de la Tour.
- Architects: ARCHI5
- Project: Mediatheque
- Location: Mont de Marsan, France
- Photography: Communauté d’agglomération du Marsan, Gaston F. Bergeret, Didier Boy de la Tour.
- Client: Communauté d’agglomération du Marsan
- Program: Construction of a Mediatheque, conference hall. Conception of the furnitures and the signage.Underground car park.
- Surface: 4 750 m ²
- Cost: 12 309 000 € Excl. Tax.
- Timetable: Competition prize winner June 2007 – Opening Nov. 2012
- Engineer, economist: Mizrahi
- Acoustic designer: Tisseyre & Associés
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Article source: Michael Jantzen
The Winds of Change Library is a conceptual design proposal for an earth friendly library powered by the wind. This multi level structure would have a large garden with trees, plants, and grass covering the entire two level roof. The roof garden would help to keep the library cooler in the summer, and warmer in the winter. It would also function as a safe and comfortable place for the visitors to read outdoors. The roof garden is also designed to capture and store rainwater for use in and around the library.
Image Courtesy © Michael Jantzen
- Architects: Michael Jantzen
- Project: Winds of Change Library
- Status: Unbuilt
Friday, February 14th, 2014
Article source: Gerber Architekten
The King Fahad National Library, one of the most important cultural buildings in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was completed and went into use for its intended purpose in November 2013. This project sees Professor Eckhard Gerber and his Gerber Architekten team accomplishing one of the most important urban development and cultural projects in the capital, Riyadh. The design functions as the central driving force behind a piece of urban development and rearrangement, and combines the challenge of designing within the existing building stock with respect for Arabian culture.
Image Courtesy © Christian Richters
- Architects: Gerber Architekten
- Project: King Fahad National Library
- Location: Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- Photography: Gerber Architekten, Christian Richters
- Software used:Archicad and Graphisoft.
- Client: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- Interior Designer: Gerber Architekten
- Landscape Architecture: Gerber Architekten in Cooperation with Kienle Planungsgesellschaft.
- Lightning Design: Gerber Architekten
- HVACR: DS – Plan (Drees & Sommer Group)
- Structural Framework: Bollinger & Grohmann Ingenieure
- In cooperation with: Saudi Consulting Services
- Main contractor: Saudi Bin Laden Group
- Competition: 1999 – 2002
- Design: 2004 – 2006
- Construction: 2008 – 2013
- Completion: November 2013
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Article source: rh+ architecture
A coordinating facility, open to the University
The building of the University Library, located at the heart of the Guyanese University Campus has to be a driving force within the University and contribute to its regional radiance. It is a structuring facility for all the buildings that constitute the Guyanese University Campus : its vocation is to gather books and readers in a unique place dedicated to knowledge, an open and generous place within the University
Image Courtesy © Jean-Michel André + Jonathan Cacchia
- Architects: rh+ architecture
- Project: New University Library
- Location: Cayenne, French Guiana
- Photography: Jean-Michel André + Jonathan Cacchia
- Project owner: Rectorat de Guyane
- Cost: 5,3 M € HT
- Net surface: 2 143 m²
- Delivery: December 2013
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
Article source: Cannon Design
Nearing the 100th-year anniversary of its Central branch, the St. Louis Public Library sought to modernize the space for a new century, increase public access, and enhance the original Beaux Arts building by Cass Gilbert as a cultural treasure.
From the building’s original south entry, a granite stair leads to the reception foyer, which is connected to a central Great Hall. The hall is surrounded by five wings, four dedicated to public reading rooms and the fifth, the North Wing, to a multistory book depository.
Image Courtesy © Tim Hursley
- Architects: Cannon Design
- Project: St. Louis Public Library, Central Library Transformation and Restoration
- Photography: Tim Hursley
- Owner: St. Louis Public Library
- Architectural Support: Grice Group Architects
- Construction Manager: BSI Constructors
- Consulting Restoration Architect: Frens and Frens
- Environmental Graphics and Signage: Kuhlmann-Leavitt, Inc.
- Engineer MEP and FP, Audiovisuals, Lighting Design: William Tao & Associates
- Engineer Structural and Civil, Exterior Restoration: David Mason & Associates
- Lighting Design: Derek Porter Stuio
- Owner Representative: CLR
Sunday, January 19th, 2014
Article source: The Miller Hull Partnership
The interior renovation of this library at the University of Washington not only transformed an outmoded 1970s-era building but also reimagined the learning experience for students in the 21st century. The project also recognizes the inherent sustainability in renovation and reuse of a facility versus building new. Removal of the building’s most dominant feature—the imposing central staircase—essentially “found” an additional 6,000 square feet of previously underused space, the equivalent of 36 dorm rooms.
Image Courtesy © Lara Swimmer
- Architects:The Miller Hull Partnership
- Project: Odegaard Undergraduate Library
- Location: Seattle, Washington
- Photography: Lara Swimmer
- Owner: University of Washington
- Contractor: Mortenson Construction
- Graphics, Wayfinding: Mayer Reed
- Structural: Coughlin Porter Lundeen