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Palmetto Library in Georgia by Houser Walker Architecture

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Article source: Houser Walker Architecture

The Palmetto Library is a new, $3.5M facility serving the communities of Palmetto and Chattahoochee Hills in a largely rural but developing region just outside of Atlanta, GA.

Image Courtesy © Liam Strain

  • Architects: Houser Walker Architecture
  • Project: Palmetto Library
  • Location: Palmetto, Georgia
  • Photography: Liam Strain, Houser Walker Architecture
  • Lead Architects: Gregory Walker, David Esterline
  • Client: Atlanta – Fulton Public Library System
  • MEPFP Engineering: Johnson Spellman Associates
  • Structural Engineering: Sykes Consulting Engineers
  • Landscape Architecture: The Jaeger Company

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Kew Gardens Hills Library in Queens, New York by Work Architecture Company

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Article source: Work Architecture Company

WORKac has completed its new branch library in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens. The building has been a long time in the making. Initially commissioned by Queens Library through NYC’s Department of Design and Construction in 2008, the library was among the first bevy of projects announced under DDC’s Design + Construction Excellence Program, which since 2005 has directed selected civic projects to leading design firms. The much-awaited library opened to the public on September 6.

Library entrance, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

  • Architects: Work Architecture Company
  • Project: Kew Gardens Hills Library
  • Location: Queens, New York
  • Photography: Bruce Damonte
  • General Contractor: S&N Builders, Inc.

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Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library in Canada by ZAS Architects Inc

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Article source: ZAS Architects Inc

A catalyst for transformation in the City of Vaughan, Canada, the Civic Centre Resource Library is a visionary makerspace dedicated to community learning, gathering, creating and celebration. Resulting from an extensive visioning process exploring the role of the library in the digital age, the design successfully responds to the client’s brief: to create a destination that would inspire creativity, attract new users, provide a welcoming place to gather and interact, and enrich community life in the rapidly growing City of Vaughan.

A collection of concave semi-mirrored surfaces make up the Library’s transformative and transparent façade, Image Courtesy © ZAS Architects Inc

  • Architects: ZAS Architects Inc
  • Project: Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library
  • Location: 2191 Major MacKenzie Drive, Vaughan ON
  • Lead Design Architect: Paul Stevens
  • Client Name: City of Vaughan & Vaughan Public Libraries
  • Consulting Team: Primary Consultants: Scott Torrance Landscape Architect
  • Engineers: WSP
  • Specialist Consultants: ZON Engineering Inc. (Sustainable Design)
  • Builder: Aquicon Construction Co. Ltd.
  • Construction Budget: $14,351,000
  • Date of Occupancy: May 14th, 2016

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The Southmere Village Library in London by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Article source: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter 

How can the Southmere Village Library offer a new state-of-the-art library and create a new focal point that meets the high ambitions of the Thamesmead redevelopment?

When considering the context of the proposed new library, one becomes fascinated by the great impact this place has had on the imagination of Londoners, and its influence in England’s greatest contribution to human culture – its literature. This hinterland, where South East London meets the marshes of Kent, and the River Thames meets the open seas under a vale of mist, has inspired some of the nation’s greatest artworks – the Thames Estuary is both a gateway to the world as captured by Turner and Canaletto, and a place of eerie mystery for HG Wells and famously where Charles Dickens’ Magwitch is imagined coming ashore.

Image Courtesy © Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter and Places Studio

  • Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
  • Project: The Southmere Village Library
  • Location: Southmere, London
  • Photography: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter and Places Studio

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S.Paulo Library in Portugal, Lisbon by site specific – arquitectura, lda

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Article source: site specific – arquitectura, lda 

The project was developed in the context of a close relationship between the Religious Congregation and the studio, which had its beginning with the renewal of Paulistas bookstores and has been developed over time, with the aim of reactivating some community assets together with the need to modernize the image of its commercial department.

Image Courtesy © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

  • Architects: site specific – arquitectura, lda
  • Project: S.Paulo Library
  • Location: Portugal, Lisbon
  • Photography: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
  • Client: Instituto Missionário Pio Sociedade de São Paulo
  • Area: 120 m2
  • Year: 2014

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Toronto Public Library in Canada by LGA Architectural Partners

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Article source: LGA Architectural Partners

The Scarborough Civic Centre Branch, the 100th for the Toronto Public Library, demonstrates what a library can be in the 21st century. Technologically adaptable, welcoming to an ever-growing and diverse population, and celebrating design, the branch transcends its primary role as a local community hub and acts as a point of pride for the city at large.

Image Courtesy © Ben Rahn / A-Frame

  • Architects: LGA Architectural Partners
  • Project: Toronto Public Library
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Photography: Ben Rahn / A-Frame
  • Architectural Project Team: 
    • LGA Architectural Partners and Phillip H. Carter architects in joint venture.
    • Brock James, Partner-in-Charge, LGA Architectural Partners, Danny Bartman, Liana Bresler, Dan Briker, Cynthia Dovell, Ian Huff, Leo Lin, Yvonne Popovska, Amanda Reed, Clara Shipman
  • Size: 14,500 square feet
  • Completion Date: May 2015

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Beyazit Public Library in Istanbul by Tabanlioglu Architects

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Article source: Tabanlioglu Architects 

Tabanlıoğlu Architects, known for producing internationally relevant, contemporary architecture across the world has embarked on the restoration works of one of Istanbul’s most prominent libraries; Beyazıt Public Library with its rare books and manuscript collection.

Multi-domed reading Room provides a serene and well balanced atmosphere for the readers, many of them are highschool and university students, Image Courtesy © Emre Dörter

  • Architects: Tabanlioglu Architects (Melkan Gürsel & Murat Tabanlıoğlu)
  • Project: Beyazit Public Library
  • Location: Beyazit, Istanbul
  • Photography: Emre Dörter
  • Client: Republic of Turkey, Ministry of Culture and Tourism / Aydin Dogan Foundation
  • Architectural Project Team: Hande Pusat, Derya Genç, Irem Çatay, Kıvanç Cucur, Nazlı Tınaztepe, Deniz Manisalı
  • Restoration Survey: Budowa
  • Structural Engineering: CE
  • Mechanical Engineering: GN
  • Electrical Engineering: HB Teknik
  • Architectural Lighting: Studio Dinnebier                                    

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[P-Library] in Kyungki-do, South Korea by atelier archi.mosphere

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Article source: atelier archi.mosphere 

Atelier.Archi@Mosphere pursues a sensuously and physically perceptible space that doesn’t require any supplementary explanations, and that is, in other words, a site and context-specific space

In this project, they also tried to embrace local contexts and the spatial functions of opticians to introduce such a “site and context-specific space”.

Image Courtesy © atelier archi.mosphere

  • Architects: atelier archi.mosphere (Kyung Kim)
  • Project: [P-Library]
  • Location: 4F AK Plaza 263 Seohyung-dong, Bundang-gu, Sungnam-si, Kyungki-do, South Korea
  • Construction: Archi£ÀMosphere / Kyoung Kim, Hyun-min Bae
  • Size: 54m2
  • Design Period: 2015. 06
  • Construction Period: 2015. 07-08

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Zinder Cultural Center in Tiel, Netherlands by De Zwarte Hond

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Article source: De Zwarte Hond

Stimulating Zinder culture cluster gives Tiel a positive boost

Tiel’s new culture building, “Zinder”, is situated between the city centre and the river Waal. The new culture cluster pulsates and stimulates and invites the inhabitants of Tiel and the surrounding area to participate. Music or dance lessons, follow a painting course, borrow books, rehearse with your band and go to a pop concert, it’s all happening in Zinder. De Zwarte Hond, commissioned by Koninklijke VolkerWessels, was responsible for the architectural, urban and landscape design.

Image Courtesy © De Zwarte Hond

  • Architects: De Zwarte Hond
  • Project: Zinder Cultural Center
  • Location: Tiel, Netherlands
  • Client: VolkerWessels Bouw & Vastgoedontwikkeling Midden bv
  • Collaboration: Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners
  • Surface Area: 22.500 m2
  • Period: 2012 – 2017

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Amani Library in Rombo, Tanzania by Social Practice Architecture

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Article source: Social Practice Architecture

In Tanzania, building with earth represents the past and is associated with poor living conditions. Traditional materials and techniques adapted to the environment are abandoned in favor of importing expensive and sometimes energy-inefficient materials and products, such as concrete blocks, from which only manufacturers in more advanced economies benefit. The project aims to bring back earth as a modern and sustainable building material, using traditional handcraft and simple methods, for continuing a local rural building tradition. It also encourages local and international participation and can serve as an example for future building developments to improve the quality of Tanzania’s rural housing.

Image Courtesy © Lara Briz

  • Architects: Social Practice Architecture (Patricia Báscones and Lara Briz)
  • Project: Amani Library
  • Location: Kibaoni, Rombo District, Tanzania
  • Photography: Lara Briz
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 105 m2
  • Completion Year: 2016

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