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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

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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

Bobigny School Complex in Paris, France by Mikou Design Studio

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Article source: Mikou Design Studio

This new building is a remarkable amenity in the city centre, visible by its façades and its roof, a founding element of the project. We designed it to be both welcoming and protective, turned inwards towards inner courtyards to ensure privacy.

Building’s aerial view : Image Courtesy Florian Kleinfenn

  • Architects: Mikou Design Studio
  • Project: Bobigny School Complex
  • Location: Bobigny, Paris, France
  • Program: Pre-school, Primary School, Sports And Recreation Center, Library
  • Client: City of Bobigny
  • Surface: 5 000 m²
  • Date: Completion septembre 2012
  • Photo Credits: Florian Kleinfenn
  • Software used: Autocad LT 2011, Rhinoceros, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator

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Okanagan Regional Library in Vernon Branch, Canada by CEI Architecture

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Article source: CEI Architecture

Libraries are welcoming and inspiring places for all who seek information and knowledge, and are evolving from being perceived as book repositories to community service centres. Flexibility for the future is more important now than ever.

Image Courtesy CEI Architecture

  • Architects: CEI Architecture
  • Project:Okanagan Regional Library
  • Location: Vernon Branch, Canada

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“BIBLIO-Centrum” Central Library in Helsinki, Finland by d INKOFF Architects & Engineers

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Article source: d INKOFF Architects & Engineers

BIBLIO-Centrum – from the Greek word for book and the Latin word for center – will be Helsinki’s new “book center” or “book central”, a focal point for the most prominent facilities of the city:  Parliament, the Helsinki Music Centre, the Finland Opera House, the Kiasma Museum, Sanoma House, and the central railway station.  Proposed by d INKOFF Architects & Engineers, the BIBLIO-Centrum will be a center of diverse cultural and intellectual activities, a congregating point for people with a thirst for knowledge.

Image Courtesy d INKOFF

  • Architects: d INKOFF Architects & Engineers
  • Project: “BIBLIO-Centrum” Central Library
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Type: Educational- Public
  • Client: City Of Helsinki, Public Works Department
  • Gross Area: 13 382 SqM
  • Net Area: 10 095 SqM
  • Design Principal:  Tino Dinkoff
  • Principal: Rick Sholl
  • Principal: Gary Gerber
  • Stanislav Hristov: Visualizations, Manuel Quevedo
  • Solar Engineers: Sun Light & Power Co., Berkeley, CA,USA
  • Technical: Langdon Wilson Architects, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Saint-Eustache Library in Montréal, Canada by ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Article source: ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

The Guy- Bélisle library is a 2 600 square meter public library with a multipurpose space that services the city of Saint-Eustache, located North of Montréal, Canada.  The dark mineral clad project marks the entry to the city on a picturesque tree lined riverside site.

Image Courtesy ACDF* Architecture-Urbanisme-Intérieur

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Carlos Santamaría Centre in San Sebastián, Spain by JAAM sociedad de arquitectura

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Article source: JAAM sociedad de arquitectura

The Carlos Santamaría Centre, located in San Sebastian, is an advanced data centre and library, linked to the Ibaeta University Campus.

The building is conceived as a huge container, shaped from a spontaneous outline following the natural curve of the plot. The line is the wall containing the two blocks arranged in a north-south direction, and its vertex is at the place we consider the most important: the building’s main access, which opens up like a large mouth, pointing the vertex towards the sky.

Image Courtesy © ADRIAN VIDAL

  • Architects: JAAM sociedad de arquitectura
  • Project: Carlos Santamaría Centre
  • Location: San Sebastián, Spain
  • Photography: JORGE ALLENDE, ADRIAN VIDAL, JAAM sociedad de arquitectura
  • Quantity surveyor: Juncal Aldamizechevarría
  • Collaborators: June Gómez Alonso, Emmanuele Pibiri, Naia Landa Méndez, Mario Domínguez Maestre
  • Structure: Minteguia y Bilbao
  • Services: PGI (project), JG ingenieros (construction)
  • Developer: University of The Basque Country (UPV-EHU)
  • Construction company: Construcciones Moyua
  • Date of project: January  2008
  • End of construction: July 2011
  • Area: 24.000m²
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