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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:
  • 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


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.


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

Book Tower House in Hampstead, London by Platform 5 Architects

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Article source: Platform 5 Architects

Our brief was to refurbish a typical late Victorian mid-terraced house in Hampstead, London. The original property contained some Arts and Crafts influenced decorative aspects, which the owners were keen to retain and highlight, while introducing contemporary interventions to create fresh, modern living spaces.

Image Courtesy © Alan Williams Photography 

  • Architects: Platform 5 Architects
  • Project: Book Tower House
  • Location: Hampstead, London, UK
  • Photography: Alan Williams Photography

Toy Library and Offices in Barcelona, Spain by Taller 9s Arquitectes

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Article source: Taller 9s Arquitectes

Recycling city.
An obsolete ‘corner’ of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is recycled, to transform an existing disused building into a public building that profit from the potential of the site to generate urbanity.

Liberating the Gothic bell tower.
With the demolition of part of the existing building it is retrieved the Gothic bell tower of the church of Santa Maria del Pi, freeing it from the current tensions and creating a patio at its feet, future access to the interior of the urban block.

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula Sardà 

  • Architects: Taller 9s Arquitectes
  • Project: Toy Library and Offices in existing building
  • Location: Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain)
  • Photography: Adrià Goula Sardà
  • Completion date: 2010
  • Designers: Taller 9s Arquitectes (Oriol Cusidó & Irene Marzo, architects)
  • Size: 1.055 m2

Library in Singuerlin, Spain by Taller 9s Arquitectes

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Article source: Taller 9s Arquitectes

Comprehensive intervention on the top floor of a disused market, to convert it into a new cultural center for the neighbourhood (library, bar and cinema). Transformation of a massive VOLUME, closed and geometrically confused, in an open space, diaphanous and representative. From the obligatory response to site constraints (existing structure, easements for the facilities, low ceiling …) is designed a light building, without closures, without interior walls, simply a part of PUBLIC SPACE conveniently bounded, climatized and equipped.

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula Sardà 

  • Architects: Taller 9s Arquitectes
  • Project: Library in Singuerlin
  • Location: Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain)
  • Photography: Adrià Goula Sardà
  • Completion date: 2010
  • Architects: taller 9s arquitectes (Oriol Cusidó & Irene Marzo, architects)
  • Area: 2.350 m2

Municipal Library of Greve in Chianti, Italy by mdu architetti

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Article source: mdu architetti

The New Municipal Library of Greve in Chianti, designed by mdu architetti, represents a further step, after the opening of the New Theatre of Montalto di Castro (Italy), in a period of prolific output for this Italian architecture studio, engaged in the realization of several projects inspired by a common thread: architecture as an urban fragment. The Libray of Greve in Chianti  interprets the theme, presenting itself as a light  sculptural volume in terracotta leaned on a travertine stone plinth. The terracotta facade, with its subtle texturals and graphic variations, is conceived as an abstract representation of the signs and colours in the  vineyards of the Chianti region.

Image Courtesy Pietro Savorelli

  • Architects: mdu architetti
  • Project: Municipal Library of Greve
  • Location: Chianti, Florence, Tuscany, Italy    
  • Program: library
  • Client: Municipality of Greve in Chianti, Florence, Italy
  • Architects: mdu architetti (Valerio Barberis, Alessandro Corradini, Cristiano Cosi, Marcello Marchesini)
  • Structural engineer: ing. Alessandro Incerpi
  • Mechanical and electrical engineer: ing. Gianluca Gori
  • Building and safety coordinator: geom. Fabio Alinari
  • Site construction supervision: Cristiano Cosi
  • Software used: Autocad LT for the project and construction documents


Book Mountain + Library Quarter in Spijkenisse, Netherlands by MVRDV

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Article source: MVRDV

The library is designed as an advert for reading, its visible presence and invitation holding great significance for a community with 10 percent illiteracy. From underneath the glass dome the library is visible from all sides, especially from the adjacent market square where the library appears as one big book mountain. Underneath its monumental glass envelope damage to the books by sunlight is off-set by their normal 4 year life-span due to wear and tear from borrowing.

Image Courtesy © Jeroen Musch 

  • Architects: MVRDV
  • Project: Book Mountain + Library Quarter
  • Location: Spijkenisse, Netherlands
  • Photography: Jeroen Musch
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