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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

Site

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

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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

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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

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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 

Central and Regional Library in Berlin, Germany by Kubota & Bachmann Architects

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Article source: Kubota & Bachmann Architects

The New Library is a proposal for the Berlin Central Library. Strategically sited within the city adjacent to the new Tempelhoff Park this landmark is established to the West access. This new library should be viewed as a point of departure and is directly associated to the city’s commitment to future urban development within this area of the city.

Image Courtesy © jigen

  • Architects: Kubota & Bachmann Architects
  • Project: Berlin Central and Regional Library
  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Competition Officiel Site: http://www.wettbewerbe-aktuell.de/de/ausschreibungen/online/30/teilnehmerbereich.html
  • Client: Berlin City
  • Type of Competition: Open International Competition
  • Program: Library, Foyer services, Events room Facilities, Multipurpose hall, Restaurant and Kitchen Facilities, Storage Facilities and Offices
  • Study Area : 15.57 ha
  • Construction Area : 21 500m²
  • Building Area: 7 250m²
  • Usable Floor Area : 64 493 m²
  • Gross Floor Area: 66 878m²
  • Building Volume: 497 160 m3
  • Building Hight: 59m
  • Total Construction Budget: 270 million euro
  • Result (5th April 2013): Conpetition Entry
  • Competition entry submission: 1st stage : 21th Fevrary 2013
  • Architect Team: Toshihiro KUBOTA, Francisco MARTINEZ, Yves BACHMANN, Gerd KAISER
  • Landscape archtect: Atelier Roberta
  • Perspectives : Jigen

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The Mississauga Public Library Project in Ontario, Canada by RDH Architects

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Article source: RDH Architects

The Mississauga Library Project is an adaptive re-use strategy for the major renovation and addition to the Lakeview, Port Credit, and Lorne Park branch libraries, all dating from between 1956 and 1967. The three renovations have been structured as one project, a strategy put forth by the client as a means to use public infrastructure stimulus funds in an efficient manner. Each of the three libraries are situated in park settings; Lakeview and Lorne Park are embedded within established 1950’s suburban neighborhoods and Port Credit is situated adjacent to the Credit River along Lakeshore Road, the commercial ‘high’ street of the old town of Port Credit.

Exterior of Lakeview Library : Image Courtesy © TOM ARBAN 

  • Architects: RDH Architects
  • Project: The Mississauga Public Library Project
  • Location: Ontario, Canada
  • Photography: TOM ARBAN
  • Date of Occupancy: Jan. 2011
  • Construction Budget: $ 8,900 000.00
  • Client: Mississauga Public Library
  • Architect team: Tyler Sharp (design partner, RDH Architects Inc.),  Bob Goyeche (managing partner, RDH Architects Inc.), Graham Gavine (project manager, RDH Architects Inc.), Sanjoy Pal, Marnie Williams, Scott Waugh, George Agnew.

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De Nieuwe Bibliotheek Almere in The Netherlands by Concrete Architectural Associates

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Article source: Concrete Architectural Associates

Design Story: The challenge was to design all public spaces within the new public library in Almere. The building was designed by Meyer en van Schooten Architects. The overall design scope consisted of 5000m1 linear meters of bookshelves and accompanying facilities: counters, internet areas, a read café, study areas and a multimedia department. At the request of the client we contributed to the development of the shop-concept: a commercial approach, instead of a standard library positioning and structure, where books are presented to a ‘customer’ and where the library itself becomes a place to stay; more like a modern retail concept.

Image Courtesy © Wim Ruigrok

  • Architects: Concrete Architectural Associates
  • Project: De Nieuwe Bibliotheek Almere
  • Location: Almere, Netherlands
  • Photography: Wim Ruigrok
  • Client: The local authority of Almere and the library Almere
  • Designer: Concrete Architectural Associates
  • Team: Rob Wagemans, Erikjan Vermeulen, Erik van dillen, Jari van Lieshout, Lisa Hassanzadeh, Ulrike Lehner and Joris Angevaare
  • Architect building: Meyer en van Schooten Architecten
  • Collaborators: Thonik (graphic design); Reinout Homan (signing); Karres en Brands Landschapsarchitecten (design courtyard)
  • Founder shop concept: van Spaendonck Management Consultants – mevr. H Kunst
  • Construction management: Van Keulen & van Zutphen / Grontmij
  • Contractor interior: Harmeling interieurs, Rijssen
  • Design: January 2004
  • Completion: March 2010
  • Surface area: Approx 7500 m2

Can Baró Library in Barcelona, Spain by Sierra Rozas Arquitectes

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Article source: Sierra Rozas Arquitectes

The place destined for the enlargement and the whole Can Baró environment, preserved the charm of those areas where diversity and disunity required a forceful, logical and considered response. The enlargement becomes an extension of the topography looking for a merger between the building and the public area, which is not seen as something that we find between the buildings, but is integrated into the architecture. The architectural area is something that we find hidden or camouflaged within the topography.

Image Courtesy © Jordi Bernadó 

  • Architects: Sierra Rozas Arquitectes
  • Project: Can Baró Library
  • Location:  Carrer Sant Salvador, Corbera de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
  • Photography: Jordi Bernadó
  • Collaborators:
    Structural Engineering: Manuel Arguijo
    Mechanical & electrical engineering: LluisDuart
    Architecture collaborators: Mireia Estrada
    Project Management: Diputació de Barcelona (OTC y Servei de Biblioteques)
    Technical Architects: SGS TecnosS.A.(Lorena Fariñas i Roger Pinyana)
  • Client: Ayuntamiento de Corbera de Llobregat
  • Main Contractor: Construcciones Exisa
  • Planes: Sierra Rozas Arquitectes

Jose Luis Martinez Library in Mexico City, Mexico by Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Article source: Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos

The Jose Luis Martinez Library is part of the Ciudadela: City of Books in Mexico City, a project that sought to restore and refurbish a 200 year-old cultural landmark. The main features include a theater, personal book collections and libraries, children’s libraries, and an exhibition gallery. The Ciudadela: City of Books is to be completed in 2013.

Image Courtesy Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos 

  • Architects: Alejandro Sanchez Garcia Arquitectos
  • Project: Jose Luis Martinez Library
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Contributors: Alejandro Sanchez Garcia (Arch.), Mariza Flores (Arch.), Alfredo Cortes (Arch.)
  • Area: 600 m2
  • Date: 2011
  • Status: Built
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