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Helsinki Central Library in FINLAND by ALA ARCHITECTS

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Article source: ALA ARCHITECTS

Käännös’ grows from the dynamic between the site and the goals of the library program. The interplay between the building’s three individual floors is the key concept of the entry. The public plaza in front of the building will continue inside, merging with a catalogue of meeting and experience features. The ground floor will be a robust, busy and frequently updated space suitable for quick visits and walkthroughs. The active, zero-threshold public spaces will be visible, attractive, understandable and welcoming to all visitors.

Image Courtesy © Jussi Tiainen

  • Architects: ALA ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Helsinki Central Library
  • Location: HELSINKI, FINLAND
  • Photography: Jussi Tiainen
  • TYPE: Open competition, 1. prize
  • STATUS: In progress
  • PROGRAM: 16 000 m2
  • CLIENT: City of Helsinki
  • TEAM: Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta and Samuli Woolston with Aleksi Niemeläinen, Jussi Vuori, Erica Österlund and Martin Genet, Vladimir Ilic, Tiina Juuti, Julius Kekoni, Auvo Lindroos, Pekka Sivula, Jyri Tartia
  • COLLABORATORS: Renderings: Vizarch.Cz, Petra Grísová, Josef Veselý, Vratislav Zíka Energy technical specialist: Arup, Paul Dunne Mechanical engineering: Arup, Paul Dunne, Susan Cormican, Luke Stewart, Mona Holtkoetter Structural engineering: Arup, Rory McGowan, Aidan Madden, Colm Morrin Facade engineering: Arup, Anthony McCauley Scale model: Stoltmodels, Klaus Stolt
  • Software used: Autocad Architecture 2013

Koica Library in Villa de las Niñas, Guatemala by SOLIS COLOMER Y ASOCIADOS ARQUITECTU

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Article source: SOLIS COLOMER Y ASOCIADOS ARQUITECTU

Koica library is a project donated by the Korean International Cooperation Agency. It is a building intended for intellectual culture and academic training for the program “Villa de lasNiñas” of the Sisters of Mary, which aims to provide a comprehensive education to poor girls who mostly come from rural areas.

Image Courtesy © Byron Mármol

  • Architects: SOLIS COLOMER Y ASOCIADOS ARQUITECTU
  • Project: Koica Library
  • Location: Villa de las Niñas, Zona 13, Guatemala
  • Photography: Byron Mármol
  • Construction: CC Grupo
  • Type: Cultural/Education
  • Mts2: 812 mts2
  • Year: 2011
  • Materials: Concrete,
  • Glazed BrickInmaco 
  • Osb: Madeira
  • Software used: Sketchup and Vray for modeling and rendering, Autocad for drawing, Photoshop for editing images

REFLECTIONS in Taiwan, China By AllesWirdGut

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Article source: AllesWirdGut

REFLECTIONS

…is an architectural interpretation of the Taiwanese Mountains reflecting in the sea, a building of 65.000m2 library and exhibition spaces in the Center of Taichung.

The building consists of 3 interconnecting spaces, interpreting known landscape motives.

LIBRARY – Mountains

PUBLIC CONNECTION ZONE – Horizon

MUSEUM – Cave

Image Courtesy © Miss3, AllesWirdGut

  • Architects: AllesWirdGut
  • Project: REFLECTIONS
  • Location: Taiwan, China
  • Photography: Miss3
  • Typology: TAICHUNG CITY CULTURAL CENTER, Public Library and Fine Arts Museum, Bibliothek und Museum
  • Customer: Taichung City / TW
  • International Competition: 06.2013
  • Net floor area NFA:  — m²
  • Gross floor area GFA: 65.000 m²

Wilthshire County Hall in Trowbridge, England by Ghenos Communication

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Article source: Ghenos Communication

The Visual porcelain stoneware collection as the protagonist Ceramiche Refin, a company specialising in porcelain stoneware tiles, played a key role in the project to restore Wiltshire County Hall, the administrative headquarters of Wiltshire Council, in the city of Trowbridge, England.

Image Courtesy © Steve Townsend

  • Project: Wilthshire County Hall
  • Location: Trowbridge,  England
  • Architect’s studio: Stride Treglown
  • Materials: Refin porcelain stoneware tiles, Visual collection, 60x60cm S
  • Supplier: Domus Tiles, the leading supplier of ceramic tiles and marble in the UK
  • Year: 2012  (more…)

Word Play – a little free library in New York by Chat Travieso

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Article source: Chat Travieso

A joint project between The Architectural League of New York and PEN World Voices Festival in collaboration with Little Free Library, LTD., Little Free Library/NYC was a design/build competition in which ten designers were chosen to install a Little Free Library in collaboration with a host community organization in the Lower East Side. Little Free Libraries are small publicly accessible book shelters that function on an honor system of “take a book, return a book.” Titled “Word Play”, artist and architectural designer Chat Travieso’s library plays with the idea of stacking and perspective. 

Image Courtesy © Chat Travieso 

  • Architect: Chat Travieso
  • Project: Word Play – a little free library
  • Location: New york
  • Software used: Rhino

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

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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

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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: dott.sa 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

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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
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