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The London Library in St James Square, London by Haworth Tompkins Ltd

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Article source: Haworth Tompkins Ltd

The London Library, founded by Thomas Carlyle in 1841, is the world’s largest independent lending library, with over 1,000,000 books and 8,000 members. Since its inception the Library has evolved into a complex amalgam of spaces that originate from a building sited on the north west corner of St James Square. The building has a discrete formal façade that provides a foil for a more aggregative interior. Over the years additional buildings have been annexed to house the ever-growing needs of the Library and its users, including a book stack built in 1922, and an extension to the north built in 1934; the Anstruther Wing housing rare books, was built at the rear of the 1920s book stack in 1995.

Image Courtesy Haworth Tompkins Ltd

  • Architects: Haworth Tompkins Ltd
  • Project: The London Library
  • Location: St James Square, London
  • Construction Cost: £18m  (Phased), Phase 1: £3.1M, Phase 2: £6.9M
  • Tender Date: Autumn 2004
  • Contract Duration: Phase 1-12 Months,  Phase 2- 23 Months
  • Completion: Phase 1- September 2007, Phase 2-July 2010
  • Gross Internal Area: 1987 m2
  • Client: The London Library
  • Contractor: Mace
  • Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
  • Services Engineer: Max Fordham LLP
  • Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner and Theobald
  • Planning Supervisor: Mace
  • Lighting Design: ARUP
  • Access Consultant: Babel
  • Approved Inspector: Butler & Young
  • Construction Manager: Mace
  • Artist Collaboration: With Martin Creed


The Infinity Centre in Keilor East, Victoria, Australia by McBride Charles Ryan

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Article source: McBride Charles Ryan

The Infinity Centre, the new campus for Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School senior students, is derived from the initial idea that the library, a learning hub, is central to the school. We also wanted a building that offered protection from a windswept site and signified the merging of two schools, Penleigh Presbyterian Ladies’ College and Essendon Grammar School for boys.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

  • Architects: McBride Charles Ryan
  • Project: The Infinity Centre
  • Location: Keilor East, Victoria, Australia
  • Photography: John Gollings
  • Principal Designers: Robert McBride, Debbie Ryan
  • Project Architect: Andrew Hayne
  • Project Team: Drew Williamson, Qianyi Lim, Peter Ryan, Stephan Bekhor, Anthony Parker, Amelia Borg, Natasha Maben, Benedikt Josef, Alan Ting, Luke Waldron, Jacqui Robbins, Daniel Griffin, Seung Hyuk Choi, Angela Woda
  • Contractor: Construction Engineering
  • Quantity Surveyor: Rider Levett Bucknall
  • Building Surveyor: Davis Langdon, Floreancig Smith
  • Planning Consultant: ARG Planning
  • Traffic Engineer: GTA Consultants
  • Structural, Civil, Acoustic, ESD and Services Engineering: ARUP
  • Landscape Architeture: Oculus
  • Geotechnical Engineering: Douglas Partners
  • Size: 8,000 m2
  • Completion Time: 4 years, including competition design
  • Council: Moonee Valley
  • Client: Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School


Maranello New Library in Italy by Andrea Maffei Achitects

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Article source: Andrea Maffei Achitects

The competition place is located in Vittorio Veneto street in Maranello (Modena), inside a well- established residential fabric. The building borders with a residential court on the north, with a public green area on the west, with a residential building on the south built in adherence and with other residential buildings on the East and partially in adherence. The project we propose presents a surface equal to 1175 mq. It is the existing building renovation trough the existing north perimeter walls maintenance, east and south confining with some residential offices, the demolition of the central part of the prefabricated and the construction of a library as a volume contained within the old building’s height limits and developed partly outside the earth and partly under the earth. The access to the new library is situated on the west side.

Image courtesy Andrea Maffei Achitects 

  • Architects: Andrea Maffei Achitects
  • Project: Maranello New Library
  • Location: Maranello, Italy
  • Program: Library
  • Client: Maranello Patrimonio s.r.l.
  • Competition: april 2007
  • Contract: june 2008
  • Construciton start: september 2009
  • Construction end: august 2011
  • Opening: september 2011
  • Design team: Arata Isozaki, M+T & Partners
  • Security: arch. Enrico Bianchini
  • Structure: ing. Mario Sbrozzi, Studio Sbrozzi, Modena
  • Plants: ing. Manuele Petranelli, Studio Petranelli, Firenze
  • Green: agr. Laura Gatti, studio Gatti, Milano
  • Lighting design: Koichi Tanaka, M+K Design, Milano
  • Cost: € 1.718.733,00
  • Site area: 850 mq.
  • Gross built area: 1.175 mq.
  • Gross floor area: 1.175 mq.
  • Maximum height: 5.3 m

Elsa Morante Public Library in Varese, Italy by DAP studio

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Article source: DAP studio

The pre-existing building for the new Lonate Ceppino Public Library already belonged to Lonate Ceppino’s historical heritage.On a rectangular plan, the two leveled buildings housed the Civic Library on the ground floor, while the first floor had been left unused. From the outside, the main entrance façade has a higher decorative part which is independent from the roof structure.

North view: Image Courtesy © luigifiletici

  • Architects: DAP studio
  • Project: Elsa Morante Public Library
  • Location: Varese, Italy
  • Photography: Luigi Filetici
  • Client: Lonate Ceppino Municipality, Varese
  • Structures: GB. Scolari
  • Facilities: M. Piantoni, A. Bronzoni
  • Contractor: Gruppo Edilia
  • Interior Furniture: Habitat Italiana
  • Design phase: 2006 – 2007
  • Construction phase: 2007 – 2008
  • Software used: Autocad and Illustrator


The National Library in Jerusalem, Israel by Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Article source: Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects

The new Master Plan for the Ben-Gurion Campus 101-0661176, clearly marks a conceptual shift which is intended to gradually transform Rupin Road into the main axis of the Government Compound of Giv’at Ram. This new vision radically transforms the approach of scattering architectural landmark buildings within a large urban “park”, so as to create a vibrant urban fabric.

Image courtesy Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects 

  • Architects: Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects
  • Project: The National Library
  • Location: Jerusalem, Israel
  • Photography: Baer, Shifman-Nathan Architects
  • Area: 45,000 m2
  • Client: The National Library
  • Software used: AutoCAD and 3dS Max

New Central Library in Berlin, Germany by Envés Arquitectos

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Article source: Envés Arquitectos

Zentral- und Landesbibliothek. General intentions: The proposal we submitted to the Competition is based in three dualities:

Open / closed:  A library has become one of the few public places that still remaining affordable for citizens, where they are able to:

  1. Enjoy recreational activities (playing, eating, resting, reading…) and professional ones
  2. Shelter from uncomfortable weather conditions

We conceive a library as an open, public, free and comfortable meeting place; summing up, an urban lobby.

Image courtesy Envés Arquitectos

  • Architects: Envés Arquitectos
  • Project: New Central Library in Berlin Winning Proposal
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Autores: Envés arquitectos: Alberto Velarde del Barrio, Miguel Ángel Navas Vinagre, Miguel Ángel Velarde del Barrio
  • Colaboradores: Realización de imágenes 3D: 24studio

Daegu Library in South Korea by Disguincio&co + OPENSYSTEMS

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Article source: Disguincio&co + OPENSYSTEMS


The site is characterized, on the south and west side, by a homogeneous low-rise urban texture. To the north side, the site faces a long and narrow urban park which is stretched along a major circulatory artery. On the north side of the main road, high-rise housing block are distributed along the circulatory axis.
On a urban level, one of the challenges of the project was to reconnect the diverse building scales existing in the surroundings area while providing the local community with an eye-catching, friendly integrated new public library.

Image Courtesy Disguincio&co + OPENSYSTEMS

  • Architects: Disguincio&co + OPENSYSTEMS
  • Project: Daegu Library
  • Location: Daegu, South Korea
  • Design team: Disguincio&co + OPENSYSTEMS , 
Mirko Daneluzzo, Mirco Bianchini, Marco Vannucci
  • Visuals: Telegram 71, 
Giacomo Dodich, Sergio Bortolussi
  • Plan design: Paola Tonizzo (D&co)
  • Year: 2012
  • Typology: public building
  • Client: Daegu public library competition, South Korea, 2012
  • Floor area: 3500 sqm
  • Max H: 13 m


Library in Anzin, France by Dominique Coulon & Associés

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Article source:  Dominique Coulon & Associés

The building reveals its preciousness at first sight.  Its pure, sophisticated geometry situates it as a public building.  The deliberate areas of transparency reveal its content.  The reading rooms present the building to the town in the manner of an invitation.  The multimedia library is covered with large white veils that reflect the light.

Image Courtesy © Eugeni PONS

  • Architects: Dominique Coulon & Associés
  • Project: Library in Anzin
  • Location: Anzin, France
  • Photography: Eugeni PONS
  • Type of Project: Library in Anzin
  • Client: City of ANZIN
  • Team: Dominique Coulon et associés, Architectes , Dominique Coulon, architect, Olivier Nicollas, Project Director, Steve Letho Duclos, Sarah Brebbia, Project Architects, Agence Olivier Werner Architecte, (architect on the construction site), Philippe Clément, BATISERF, Structural Engineer, G. Jost, Mechanical Engineer, E3 Economie, Cost calculation, ESP, acoustic
  • Program:Lecture room, auditorium, administration
  • Surface Area:1750 m2 SHON
  • Cost: 3 750 000 euros H.T


Gosan Library International Design Competition in Republic of Korea by Theeae

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Article source: Theeae

Design Concept

The advanced technology of reading materials by computer, Kindle and even cell‐phone devices helps people easily access to information even way much more than what library could provide in last decades. Therefore, the main function of library seems to have a change in order to accommodate the current trend of getting and providing information.

Image Courtesy Theeae

  • Architects: Theeae
  • Project: Gosan Library International Design Competition
  • Location: 571‐1, Shinmae‐dong, Suseong‐gu, Daegu Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea
  • Site Area: 2,080 sm
  • Construction Size : Basement 1,3 floors above‐ground
  • Total floor area:  3,146 sm
  • Building Cost : W7,800,000,000


Brasiliana Library in USP, Brazil by Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb + Eduardo de Almeida

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Article source: Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb + Eduardo de Almeida

Eduardo de Almeida e Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb sign the design of Brasiliana Library. The building, with more than 20.000 m², will house a rare books collection of 17 thousand titles about Brasil donated by the books collector to the university. At the end of 1999, José Mindlin transferred to his grandson, Rodrigo Mindlin Loeb, and to his friend Eduardo de Almeida, a mission: develop and move forward the idea and design of the library to house the rare collection of books – the biggest and most important private collection of Brasil with around 17 thousand titles and 60 thousand volumes – which he has donated to the university of São Paulo (USP). When Mindlin died, in february 2010, with 95 years old, the construction works advanced over the funding and political difficulties, and the conclusion was only a matter of time.

Image Courtesy © Nelson Kon 

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