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JOAN MARAGALL LIBRARY in Barcelona, Spain by BCQ arquitectura barcelona

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Article source: BCQ arquitectura barcelona

The main decision has been to construct the new building under the old existing garden and not to occupy a part of this space. The motto with which the project was presented in the ideas competition was “Garden of Light”. These two words sum up the two ideas of the project: maintaining and improving the existing garden, while at the same time providing joyful and well lit spaces. The library inserts under the garden of Vil∙la Florida civic center under the shade of its trees. Inside, a landscape in itself, articulated and changing, where each use and each user find their place. It is a personalized and unique space.

Image Courtesy © Ariel Ramírez

Image Courtesy © Ariel Ramírez

  • Architects: BCQ arquitectura barcelona
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Photography: Ariel Ramírez, BCQ arquitectura barcelona
  • Function: Public Library
  • Architects Authors: BCQ arquitectura barcelona, David Baena, Toni Casamor, Maria Taltavull, Manel Peribáñez.
  • Architects collaborators: Alexandre Liberato, Jordi Sánchez, Vasco Mourão, Roser Marí, Jordi Rodríguez.
  • Landscape Design: Mika Iitomi
  • Client: Barcelona City Council. Sarrià‐Sant Gervasi District, Barcelona d’Infraestructures Municipals ‐ BIMSA
  • M&E Engineering: JG Ingenieros S.A. / Mercadomótika
  • Structural calculations: Manuel Arguijo y Asociados S.L.
  • Integrated Proj. Management: IDP Enginyeria i Arquitectura
  • Renders: Vicentiu Sopterean, Jordi Rodríguez
  • Contractor: Contratas y Obras Empresa Constructora S.A.
  • Construct. cost without VAT: 7.645.084 €
  • Site area: 5,464 m2
  • Building area: 2.983 m2
  • Total floor area: 2.396 m2
  • Landscape area: 763 m2
  • Stories Basement: 2 / Basement ‐1 / Ground floor / First floor
  • Competition June: 2007 – First Place restricted competition
  • Design phase: December 2010
  • Construction March: 2014


Terrasson’s Library in France by Architecture Patrick Mauger

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Article source: Architecture Patrick Mauger

The aim of the new multimedia library in Terrasson, built at the same time as the Maison du Temps Libre, is to provide the town with a new boost to its cultural life.

An innovative cultural and intergenerational complex has seen the light of day.

Image Courtesy ©   Architecture Patrick Mauger

Image Courtesy © Architecture Patrick Mauger


Mediterranean Cultural Centre in Barcelona, Spain by Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Article source: Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

The Generalitat and the Institut Català d’Estudis Mediterranis, ICEM wishes to create an important and prestigious cultural institution, the Mediterranean Cultural Center. Located in Barcelona, the M.C.C., will be representative of the cultural and economical dynamism of Catalonia, and will consolidate Barcelona as the capital city of the Mediterranean Culture.

The MCC is essentially composed of four entities:

  • A museum of natural history and cultural history.
  • The multimedia library of the Mediterranean..
  • A center of study and investigation.
  • A conference center.
Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

  • Architects: Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura (Vanessa Cólliga)
  • Project: Mediterranean Cultural Centre
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Lobby, Reception, Information, Restauration and Retail: Gross 7,650m2 Net 6,090 m2
  • Natural History and Cultural History Museum: Gross 16,000m2 Net 12,370m2
  • Library: Gross 8,000m2 Net 6,900m2
  • Center of studies: Gross 1,800 m2 Net 1,330m2
  • Conference center: Gross 2,500m2 Net 1,920m2
  • Administration: Gross 6,450m2 Net 4,700m2
  • Parking: Gross 2,000m2 Net 2,500m2



Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Article source: ADEPT

The new library at Dalarna University, Dalarna Media Library, is now officially open to the public. The building that reinterprets the library in a multifunctional design is laid out as an approximately 3.000 m2 ’spiral of knowledge’ that naturally integrates into the surrounding landscape at the Dalarna University Campus in Falun, Sweden.

Image Courtesy © KAARE VIEMOSE

Image Courtesy © KAARE VIEMOSE

  • Architects: ADEPT
  • Location: HÖGSKOLAN DALARNA, 791 88 FALUN Sweden
  • SIZE: 3.000 M2
  • YEAR: 2014


Coldstream Gallery in Coldstream, Scotland by Renderus

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Article source: Renderus

The Multifunctional building in Coldstream is design for multi-purpose cultural events and office space.

The Coldstream gallery creates a new urban space that enriches the diversity of cultural life and expresses the dynamism of an institution looking to the future.

The Coldstream gallery design promotes a multidisciplinary environment by connecting the variety of programs, establishing a collective culture research where many contributions and innovations can feed off each other.

Image Courtesy © Renderus

Image Courtesy © Renderus

  • Architects: Renderus
  • Project: Coldstream Gallery
  • Location: Coldstream, Scotland
  • Work started in: 2014
  • Main structure is: steel
  • Height: 62m
  • Total area: 6000 m²
  • Number of floors: 18
  • Status: Current works
  • Type: Cultural, Waterfront, Office Buildings, Business Centers, Museums, Libraries.
  • 3D Visualisation: Renderus.


Public Library of A.& M. Miskiniai in Utena, Lithuania by 4PLIUS architects

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Article source: 4PLIUS architects

The idea behind this project was simple and symbolic at the same time: books, the essence of knowledge, communication and cultural tradition. As the function of a public library requires, it is open to everyone – and that is why the shape of a transparent cube, a shining body at night has been chosen. As if books follow the precept of the first Lithuanian book inviting “take me and read me”…

Image Courtesy © R.Urbakavicius

Image Courtesy © R.Urbakavicius

  • Architects: 4PLIUS architects (Donaldas Trainauskas , Darius Baliukevicius)
  • Project: Public Library of A.& M. Miskiniai
  • Location: Utena, Lithuania
  • Photography: R.Urbakavicius
  • Constructor: Vytas Merkevicius
  • Area: 3.500 sqm
  • Year: 2008


Jose Vasconcelos Public Library in Mexico City, Mexico by Pascal Arquitectos

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Article source: Pascal Arquitectos

Why build a library today? seems absurd, it would be more logical to build a museum for books.

This would be like a mausoleum, a masterpiece of our last president who in a patron’s act wanted to be remembered and transcend through its materiality.His intentions were to mimic what was done with the construction of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao; to trigger the real estate recovery of the zone by creating added value to de adjacent land.

Image Courtesy © Pascal Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © Pascal Arquitectos

  • Architects: Pascal Arquitectos 
  • Project: Jose Vasconcelos Public Library
  • Location: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Software used: it is drawn in AutoCAD


The Library House in Bangalore, India by Khosla Associates

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Article source: Khosla Associates

Client brief:

The brief for this house was a well articulated document that delved into the nuances of how this family of 3 wanted to live. The family, comprising an entrepreneur-industrialist, married to a bohemian writer and with a teenage daughter, wanted the house to reflect the diverse range of their lives.

Image Courtesy © Shamanth Patil J.

Image Courtesy © Shamanth Patil J.

  • Architects and Interior Design: Khosla Associates
  • Project: The Library House
  • Location: Bangalore, India
  • Photography: Shamanth Patil J.
  • Principal designers: Sandeep Khosla and Amaresh Anand
  • Design team: Sandeep Khosla, Amaresh Anand and Priyanka Sams
  • Clients: Nikhil Kumar and Lavanya Sankaran
  • Civil Contractors: JJ Constructions Pvt. Ltd.
  • Structural Engineer: S & S Associates.
  • Landscape: Dewa Kusuma, Bali.



Tuesday, May 6th, 2014


Restoration of the “Los Reales de Almonte” Warehouse for use as a public library, and School of Arts (Music, Dance and Art). The project is centred on a warehouse registered as being of Cultural Interest.

It is situated in the “Culture City” in Almonte, next to the town’s new Theatre and enclosed within a public square.

Specifically, the library is located in a wine cellar, typical of the local area. The building is 78m long and 10,5m wide, with a total area of 821 m² The building is open on 3 sides.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

Image Courtesy © Fernando Alda

  • Location: Almonte, Spain
  • Photography: Fernando Alda
  • Project year: 2004-2010
  • Client: Almonte Town Hall
  • Area: 1.725,00 m²
  • Budget: 828.214,10 €
  • Architect authors: Juan Pedro Donaire Barbero
  • Architect team: Jesús Núñez Bootello, Ignacio Núñez Bootello , Carmela Domínguez Asencio , Tibisay Cañas Fuentes , Beatriz Hacar Hernández , Juan Vega Espinar , David Rapado Moreno , Delia Pacheco Donaire , Pablo Baruc García Gómez.
  • Engineering: Javier Drake Canela , Guillermo Márquez Villanueva, Alfonso Buiza Camacho.


Multimedia library in Osny 95, France by Triptyque Architecture

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Article source: Triptyque Architecture

The multimedia library of Osny was designed by Triptyque’s architects as a covered urban space : an extension of the public space. The project draws freeing up the architectural plan, reducing the boundaries between inside and outside. The building is designed like a hall, emphasizing spatial fluidity and scalability of interior spaces for future adaptations.

Image Courtesy © Triptyque Architecture

Image Courtesy © Triptyque Architecture

  • Architects: Triptyque Architecture
  • Project: Multimedia library
  • Location: Osny 95, France
  • Photography: Triptyque Architecture
  • Project owner: Mairie d’Osny
  • Mastery of work: Triptyque (agent architect) / Bidard &Raissi (architect associate)
  • Program: Médiathèque BBC
  • Mission: basis mission
  • Surface SHON: 1487 m²
  • Plot area: 2150 m²
  • Budget: 3,65M€
  • Planning: under construction
  • Delivery: Avril 2015
  • Partner: Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud et Olivier Raffaelli
  • General Coordinator: Morgan Rapy
  • Project Manager: Damien Murat
  • Technical Consultancy TCE: Arcadis
  • Acoustician: Tisseyre & associés
  • General Firm: Fayolle & Fils


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