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Hamilton Grange Teen Center in New York by Rice+Lipka Architects

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Article source: Rice+Lipka Architects

The Center is NYPL’s first full floor dedicated to teens and occupies a previously gutted third floor space of Harlem’s landmark branch. The space challenges library norms to provide a more open, socially-instigating, technology-rich environment that attracts and engages neighborhood youth.

Image Courtesy Michael Moran

  • Architects: Rice+Lipka Architects
  • Project: Hamilton Grange Teen Center
  • Location: New York Public Library, New York
  • Principals: Lyn Rice, Astrid Lipka
  • Project Architect: Benjamin Cadena.
  • Project Manager: Karl Larson.
  • Designer: Andrew Dadds.
  • Photographs: Michael Moran, Rice+Lipka Architects


Central Library and Museum for the University of Alcalá de Henares in Spain by dosmasunoarquitectos

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Article source: dosmasunoarquitectos


Occupying a historic building

We thought that the project for the new Central Library of Alcalá de Henares University should not be strictly limited to a refurbishment task, in which a new program and furniture are to supersede the original ones. It should be understood as an insertion into an existing party-wall, acquiring its shape, absorbing light and fresh air, and opening towards the sky as the only possible way out. This implies the creation of a new space within an existing heritage building which features its own identity, and which is as well respectfully introduced into a formerly built context. The development of spatial strategies to occupy a given volume, as well as the generation of an inner façade to link and accommodate the new uses into the already existent building, are some of the keys through which the project evolved. Besides, it was equally important to develop an independent and flexible constructive process, neutral and nuanced at the same time, which ensured the adaptation of the new program without constraining it physically.


  • Architect: dosmasunoarquitectos
  • Name of Project: Central Library and Museum for the University of Alcalá de Henares
  • Location: Alcala de Henares, Spain
  • Client: Universidad de Alcalá de Henares
  • Architects: Ignacio Borrego, Néstor Montenegro, Lina Toro
  • Collaborators: Begoña de Abajo, Jean-Baptiste Barbet, Marius Ege, Sálvora Feliz, Marko Licen, Qianyi Lim, Paula Raimúndez, Carlos Ramos, Alberto Rey, Daniel Ruiz, Jerónimo van Schendel,
  • Surveyors: Javier Mach, Javier González
  • Structure: Arquing
  • Services: Grupo JG
  • Competition: First Prize. 2007


Titanic Belfast in Northern Ireland by Todd Architects

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Article source: Todd Architects

Delivering the World’s Largest Titanic Visitor Experience

Titanic Belfast opened its doors to the world on 31st March, 2012.  The world’s largest ever Titanic-themed visitor attraction and Northern Ireland’s largest tourism project, Titanic Belfast is the result of a successful collaboration between the Concept Design Architects CivicArts/Eric R Kuhne & Associates and the Lead Consultant/Architect Todd Architects.

  • Architects: Todd Architects
  • Project: Titanic Belfast
  • Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Photographs: Christopher Heaney, Gareth O’Cathain (more…)

Cut + Fold: Gillis Library + Study in Berkeley, California by VeeV Design

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Article source: VeeV Design

An existing study/bedroom of a 1950’s modern house is transformed into a private working library for two. Conceptually, two distinct surfaces run along or perpendicular to the two opposing wall while creating spatial volume by multiple cuts and folds. These cuts and folds increase possible practical space through their operations, creating visual hierarchy and continuity. Color is used to give clues to the surface folding assembly, to trace the method of fabrication, and to project possible surface operation.

View of bookshelf

  • Architect: VeeV Design
  • Name of Project: Cut + Fold:  Gillis Library + Study
  • Location: Berkeley, California
  • Design team: Raveevarn Choksombatchai (principal), Emily Gosack (assistant designer)
  • Awards: AIA Design Honor Award in Interior Architecture, SF Chapter, 2007
  • Exhibits: 2006-2007 AIASF Design Awards Exhibition, AIA, San Francisco 05.07-06.01 2007


The Hive in Worcester, England by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Article source: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

In 2004, Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester formed a new partnership with a view to deliver a joint Library and History Centre; a successful bid for PFI credits was submitted in March 2005. The project was formally launched to the market in early 2007 and three bidders were selected to commence a Competitive Dialogue process in October 2007.

Night View

  • Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Name of Project: The Hive
  • Location: Worcester, England
  • Landscape Architect: Grant Associates
  • Structural Engineer: Hyder Consulting
  • Timber Engineer: Atelier One
  • Cladding Consultant: Montressor Partnership
  • Access Consultant: All Clear Designs
  • Fire Engineer: Exova Warrington Fire
  • Colour Consultant: Libby Lloyd


Schlossmuseum Linz in Austria by HoG Architektur ZT GmbH

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Article source: HoG Architektur ZT GmbH

In the year 1800, a devastating fire occurred in Linz during which also the Southern wing of the “Linzer castle“ fell victim to the flames. The castle on the hill between the old city and the Danube lost its city-facing wing and, therefore, its presence within the urban fabric. Since 1965, the castle has been home to the Upper Austrian national museum. The requirement for additional and large exhibition space led to the new construction of the Southern wing.

Images Courtesy Jakob Winkler

  • Architect: HoG Architektur ZT GmbH
  • Name of Project: Schlossmuseum Linz
  • Location: Linz, Austria
  • Client: LIG (Landes Immobilien GmbH Oberösterreich)
  • Photographs: Paul Ott, Peter Eder, Jakob Winkler


National Library of Public Information in Taichung, Taiwan by J. J. Pan & Partners (designed with Rhino and IDEAS)

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Article source: J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners

Situated in the middle of the island of Taiwan, the National Library of Public Information occupies a site that is both geographically and metaphorically the confluence of information exploration and urban evolution. The striking form of the building features a “horizontal flow” theme recalling the early irrigation canals in the city’s settlement since the 18th century, as well as symbolizing the fluid data interface in the internet age.

Night View (Images Courtesy Wei-Shih Hsieh and JJPan)

  • Architect: J. J. Pan & Partners, Architects & Planners(JJPan)
  • Name of Project: National Library of Public Information
  • Location: Taichung, Taiwan
  • Design Team: Joshua J. Pan, Jason Chen, Chih Ming Chang, Sheng Tien Yeh, Sheng-ping Lin, Wen Chih Wang, Chi-Hsuan Peng, Han-Shen Chen, Tien-Yi Pan, Chia-Zhong Hsieh, Hsiao-Mei Shih, Chien-Yuan Liang, Wu-Ting Wu, Tien Kai Yang, Shih-Fan Huang
  • Building Contractor: Kong Chou Construction Enterprise
  • Project Year:
    • Design: 2007
    • Completion: 2012
  • Photograph: Wei-Shih Hsieh, JJPan
  • Software used: RHINO to form and IDEAS  for curved surface and opening


Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College in Oxford, United Kingdom by Zaha Hadid Architects

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects
More projects by Zaha Hadid

The new library, research centre and archive for St. Antony’s College overcomes strong physical constraints to form a suspended ‘bridge’ between existing buildings – blending built and natural elements to find a coherent form – fronted by a curved frameless glass façade which sweeps above a sunken courtyard area.

Middle East Centre, St Antony's College

  • Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Name of Project: Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College
  • Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Client: St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
  • Project Architect: Ken Bostock, Johannes Hoffmann
  • Period: 2006 – 2013


The New York Public Library by 1100 Architect

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Article source: 1100 Architect

This 10,500-square-foot library, which occupies the bottom two floors of a residential highrise development in Battery Park City, was commissioned to meet the needs of a new and rapidly growing community. As a new branch without an ingrained pattern of community use, it was critical for the design to establish a presence that would attract visitors. Open, bright spaces create a welcoming environment for the public, while the design of book and periodical displays, information desks, and furniture facilitates the most efficient circulation. The folded planes of the ceiling guide the visitor’s eye through the library and acts as a physical and visual unifier for the entire space. The most eco-friendly of the New York Public Library branches, the project utilizes numerous sustainable design strategies and is on track to receive LEED Gold certification.


Night View (Images Courtesy © Michael Moran/ottoarchive. Courtesy of 1100 Architect)

  • Architect: 1100 Architect
  • Name of Project: The New York Public Library – Battery Park City Branch
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Completion Date: 2010
  • Size: 10,500 SF
  • Photos: © Michael Moran/ottoarchive. Courtesy of 1100 Architect


Multimedia Library & HQE Auditorium of Méricourt, France by de Alzua +

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Article source: de Alzua +

The plan for the multimedia library falls within the overall approach of Sustainable Development initiated by the Town of Méricourt. Located at the gates of a new Eco-district at the junction between the town center and the mining town, the multimedia library constitutes the defining feature of this area of 7 hectares where housing, equipment and public services will develop.

Images Courtesy de Alzua+

  • Architect: de Alzua +
  • Name of Project: Multimedia Library & HQE Auditorium of Méricourt
  • Location: Méricourt, France
  • Contracting Owner: Town of Méricourt
  • Associated Architects: Atelier 9.81
  • Photographs: Courtesy of de Alzua+


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