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UCLA Towell Library by Hodgetts + Fung

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Article source: Hodgetts + Fung

Our practice serves the needs of academic institutions in need of creative and often precedent-setting solutions to complex problems. Our Towell Library project on the UCLA campus marked the first application of a tensile fabric structure to the complex issues of this critical academic resource.

Image Courtesy © Hodgetts + Fung

  • Architects: Hodgetts + Fung (Erica Waltemade)
  • Project: UCLA Towell Library

New Helsinki Central Library in Finland by Henning Larsen Architects

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

Monique Corriveau-Library in 1100 route de l’Église, Québec by Dan Hanganu + Côté Leahy Cardas architects

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

knowledge centre ARhus in Roeselare, Belgium by BURO II & ARCHI+I

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]

Mediatheque in Mont de Marsan, France by ARCHI5

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

Winds of Change Library by Michael Jantzen

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

King Fahad National Library in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by Gerber Architekten

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

Library for the community in Muyinga, Burundi by BC Architects

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Article source: BC Architects

The first library of Muyinga, part of a future inclusive school for deaf children, in locally sourced compressed earth blocks, built with a participatory approach.

Our work in Africa started within the framework of OpenStructures.net. BC was asked to scale the “Open structures” model to an architectural level. A construction process involving end-users and second-hand economies was conceived. Product life cycles, water resource cycles en energy cycles were connected to this construction process. This OpenStructures architectural model was called Case Study (CS) 1: Katanga, Congo. It was theoretical, and fully research-based. 5 years later, the library of Muyinga in Burundi nears completion.

Image Courtesy © BC Architects

  • Architects: BC Architects
  • Project: Library for the community
  • Location: Muyinga, Burundi
  • Client: ODEDIM
  • Local material consultancy: BC studies
  • Community participation and organisation: BC studies and ODEDIM Muyinga
  • Cooperation: ODEDIM Muyinga NGO, Satimo vzw, Sint-Lucas Architecture University, Sarolta Hüttl, Sebastiaan De Beir, Hanne Eckelmans
  • Financial support: Satimo vzw, Rotary Aalst, Zonta Brugge, Province of West-Flanders
  • Budget: 40 000 €
  • surface: 140m2
  • Concept: 2012
  • Status: Completed

New University Library in Cayenne, French Guiana by rh+ architecture

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

St. Louis Public Library, Central Library Transformation and Restoration by Cannon Design

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
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