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Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Article source: Stephenson & Turner

HEADLINE: From a previously unseen building to a fun, colourful and vibrant part of the community.

S&T has worked with the staff and key stakeholders at Kereru Park Campus in South Auckland to give their school a fresh presence from the street with a new administration and library building. The previous buildings were hidden; almost unseen from the road and plagued by weather tightness issues.

Image Courtesy © Stephenson & Turner

Image Courtesy © Stephenson & Turner

  • Architects: Stephenson & Turner
  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Software used: The initial design was done in Sketch Up 6/7 and the project developed & documented in Revit 2013.


Official opening of the new Highlands Branch Library in Edmonton, Canada by Schmidt hammer lassen architects

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Article source: Schmidt hammer lassen architects

schmidt hammer lassen architects´ first built library in Canada, the Highlands Branch Library in Edmonton, Alberta, has officially opened. The 1,500 square metre library, which was won in 2010 with local Marshall Tittemore Architects, provides the Highlands’ community with a distinctive landmark which underlines that this new creative centre for learning is open and accessible.

Image Courtesy © Merle ProsofskyPhotography Ltd.

Image Courtesy © Merle ProsofskyPhotography Ltd.

  • Architects: Schmidt hammer lassen architects
  • Project: Official opening of the new Highlands Branch Library
  • Location: Edmonton, Canada
  • Photography: Merle ProsofskyPhotography Ltd.
  • Architect team: Marshall Tittemore Architects
  • Client: Edmonton Public Library City of Edmonton
  • Area: 1,500 m2
  • Engineer: Read Jones Christoffersen, Smith + Andersen, Hemisphere Engineering, ISL Engineering Ltd
  • Landscape architect: Dialog
  • Sustainability: Targeting a LEED Silver certification


THE PINCH in Yunnan Province, China by Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin / The University of Hong Kong

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Article source: Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin / The University of Hong Kong

THE PINCH is a library and community center in Shuanghe Village, Yunnan Province, China. The project is part of a government led reconstruction effort after an earthquake in Sept 2012. The majority of village houses were destroyed, leaving the residents living in tents for up to one year. After the earthquake the government has sponsored new concrete and brick houses and a large central plaza. During the first site visit, the houses remained incomplete and the plaza was a large empty site.

Image Courtesy © Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin / The University of Hong Kong

Image Courtesy © Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin / The University of Hong Kong

  • Architects: Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin / The University of Hong Kong
  • Project: THE PINCH
  • Location: Shuanghe Village, Yunnan Province, China
  • Software used: Rhino
  • Construction: Kunming Dianmuju Shangmao Company
  • Funding: Supported by the Knowledge Exchange Impact Award, HKU
  • Project Team: Crystal Kwan (Project Manager), Ashley Hinchcliffe, Connie Cheng, Johnny Cullinan, Jacky Huang, Joyce Ip, Yvonne Xu Meng
  • Date: September 2012 – April 2014
  • Size: 80 sqm
  • Cost: 130,000 rmb
  • Unit Cost: 1600 rmb/sqm


Trommen Cultural Centre in Horsholm, Denmark by Arkitema Architects

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Article source: Arkitema Architects

Trommen Cultural Centre transforms the existing library and music venue ”Trommen” into an cultural centre. The existing building was designed by architect Knud Munk in 1988, and the conversion is made in respect of the original ideas.

Image Courtesy © Arkitema Architects

Image Courtesy © Arkitema Architects

  • Architects: Arkitema Architects
  • Project: Trommen Cultural Centre – New decor and master plan for the existing cultural center and library
  • Location: Horsholm, Denmark
  • Client: Center for Kultur og Fritid Centre for Culture and Spare time, Hørsholm Municipality 
  • Size: 3986 m2 new decor and master plan


CRAIGIEBURN LIBRARY in Central Park Avenue by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Article source: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

Craigieburn Library is located in Hume City is a fast-growing municipality north of Melbourne. This rapidly expanding community required a library, learning center and gathering space to serve as a public community focus. The selected site was open in character and surrounded by an expanding series of new housing projects and retail development.

Image Courtesy © Trevor Mein

Image Courtesy © Trevor Mein

  • Architects: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
  • Location: Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn
  • Photography: Trevor Mein
  • Client: Hume City Council


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.


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