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Lawrence Public Library Renovation and Expansion in Kansas by Gould Evans

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The renovation and expansion of this 1970s concrete library has transformed it into a 21st century civic place: from book repository to multimedia community hub. The design solution wrapped all sides of the existing library with a continuous reading room, emphasizing places of spontaneous gathering, reflection and learning. The addition also provides a high-performance thermal envelope engineered to harvest daylight and reduce energy usage. Openings at each corner reveal unique public amenities, including children’s’ cubbies, teen gaming zones, meeting spaces and a coffee bar. Within a few months of reopening, user visits increased 55%, with youth program attendance up 160%.

Image Courtesy © Tim Griffith

Image Courtesy © Tim Griffith

  • Architects: Gould Evans
  • Project: Lawrence Public Library Renovation and Expansion
  • Location: Lawrence, Kansas, US
  • Photography:  Tim Griffith, Michael Sinclair
  • Contractor: A. Green Construction Co., Inc.
  • Engineer – Civil: Bartlett & West Engineers, Inc.
  • Engineer – Mechanical: Professional Engineering Consultants, PA
  • Engineer – Structural: Bob D. Campbell and Co., Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: Bartlett & West Engineers, Inc.
  • Sustainable Design: Syska Hennessey Group, Inc.

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Renton Public Library in Washington by The Miller Hull Partnership

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The Miller Hull Partnership

When it opened in 1966, the Renton Public Library was an engineering feat. With pre-cast concrete and wood truss joists creating a stunning 80-foot central span across Washington State’s Cedar River and active salmon habitat, the library is beloved by generations of families and community members. Preservation of this community treasure was a clear priority for the project, but, by 2015, the library’s envelope was deteriorating and not in line with current energy codes. The structural system and chief design element did not measure up to current seismic standards, nor could it handle potential soil liquefaction.

Image Courtesy © Lara Swimmer

Image Courtesy © Lara Swimmer

  • Architects: The Miller Hull Partnership
  • Project: Renton Public Library
  • Location: Renton, Washington, US
  • Photography: Lara Swimmer
  • Owner: King County Library System
  • Acoustical Design: Sparling (Stantech)
  • Cost Estimate: Roen & Associates
  • Engineer – Civil: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Engineer – Electrical: Sparling (Stantec)
  • Engineer – Geotechnical: GeoEngineers, Inc.
  • Engineer – Mechanical/Plumbing: PAE Consulting Engineers
  • Engineer – Structural: Coughlin Porter Lundeen (more…)

Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch in Illinois by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Alancing aesthetics, pragmatic programming, and sustainable design, the 16,000-square-foot Chinatown Branch Library serves as an educational and social hub for Chicago’s historic Chinatown neighborhood. As one of the Chicago Public Library system’s busiest branches, the new library focuses on inclusive community activities and technology-based learning while uniting the two distinct North and South Chinatown districts. The interwoven design elements have created a library that serves as a community anchor and an enduring cultural asset that slips easily into the city’s urban fabric.

Image Courtesy © Hedrich Blessing

Image Courtesy © Hedrich Blessing

  • Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Project: Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, US
  • Photography: Hedrich Blessing
  • Acoustics: Shen Milsom & Wilke LLC
  • Engineer: dbHMS
  • Civil: Terra Engineering
  • Environmental: Pioneer EES
  • Structural: Drucker Zajdel Structural Engineers
  • Landscape Architects: Site Design

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Billings Public Library in Montana by Will bruder+PARTNERS ltd with O2 Architects

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Tasked with realizing the vision of a central donor and citizens who were seeking a beautiful and highly functional building, the design team for the new Billings Public Library created a timeless landmark for the city that is innovative and responsive while celebrating the state’s architectural heritage.

Image Courtesy © Bill Timmerman

Image Courtesy © Bill Timmerman

  • Architects: Will bruder+PARTNERS ltd with O2 Architects
  • Project: Billings Public Library
  • Location: Billings, Montana, US
  • Photography: Bill Timmerman
  • Elevator Consultant: Michael Elevator Service Company
  • Acoustical: McKay Conant Hoover, Inc.
  • Civil: Sanderson Stewart
  • Geotechnical: Terracon
  • Structural: Rudow+Berry, Inc.
  • General Contractor: Jackson Contractor Group
  • Interior Design: will bruder+PARTNERS ltd
  • Landscape Architect : Foley Group, LLC

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Hamilton Public Library & Hamilton Farmers Market in Ontario, Canada by dpai architecture inc + RDH Architects

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Article source: dpai architecture inc + RDH Architects

The renovation of the Hamilton Public Library and Farmer’s Market was conceived as a design-driven opportunity to spur sustained urban renewal. A 96-meter long, continuous glass vestibule with LED lighting re-establishes the building’s relationship to York Street, while the interior executions are geared around elevating the library’s functionality to modern European standards. An emphasis on transparent materials facilitates a conversation between the library and adjacent market, which received a series of service upgrades.

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

Image Courtesy © Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier

  • Architects: dpai architecture inc + RDH Architects
  • Project: Hamilton Public Library & Hamilton Farmers Market
  • Location: 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada  
  • Photography: Tom Arban & Jeff Tessier
  • Client: City of Hamilton
  • Structural Engineer: Group Eight Engineering Ltd.
  • Mechanical / Electrical Engineering: Group Eight Engineering Ltd.
  • Contractor: Kemp Construction
  • Budget: $14 Million
  • Status: Complete
  • Awards:
  • 2014 International Architecture Award – The Chicago Athenaeum of Architecture and Design
  • 2012 Best Institutional Interior – Canadian Interiors Magazine “Best in Canada” 2012 Ontario Library Association Award of Excellence
  • 2012 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence

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Varna Library design in Bulgaria by Spatial practice

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Article source: Spatial practice 

spatial practice design for the Varna Public Library Competition has been shortlisted and selected 3rd place among the winning entries.  The design of the 28,000sm public library was selected among 370 entries.

main view , Image Courtesy © Spatial practice

main view , Image Courtesy © Spatial practice

  • Architects: Spatial practice 
  • Project: Varna Library design
  • Location: Varna, Bulgaria
  • Project Team: Erik Amir, Dora Chi, Jason Loo, Ryo Otsuka, Eric Yuen
  • Render: Karol Borkowski
  • Client: Municipality of Varna
  • Project Area: 17,235 m2 (above ground) 11,000 m2 (below ground)
  • Number of Stories: 8 (above ground) 3 (below ground)
  • Building Height: 30.5m

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Public Library in Estaminet in Grenay, France by Richard+Schoeller architectes

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Article source: Richard+Schoeller architectes 

Implanted in the inner city of Grenay (Pas-de-Calais, France), the media library offers the municipality with a cultural equipment designed to answer the need of population. The project is located at a triangular crossroad between three old mining conglomerations which used to constitute the town. The immediate urban fabric is mainly composed of pavilions and it was essential to the contractor that this location become the centre of Grenay. Before conceiving the project, the cultural team visited several European libraries. Dutch facilities and their organization of light and numerical comfort particularly caught their attention. A substantial part of the building was lifted in order to offer a view on the horizon and preserve a transparency toward the south of the city. The ground floor is thus alleviated and the visitor’s curiosity aroused by both the interiors and the light which filters through vertical slots. The entrance of the library and its general configuration contains no obstacles The smooth roof allows visitors to park their bikes underneath, meet, discuss and share ideas. The acoustics provide calm and serenity and it is possible for the readers to isolate themselves in multiple spaces which merge as a cluster toward the reception.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

  • Architects: Richard+Schoeller architectes
  • Project: Public Library in Estaminet
  • Location: Rue Jules Guesdes – Grenay (Pas de Calais), France
  • Photography: Sergio Grazia
  • Software used: Vectorworks, C4D + Vray
  • Client: Mayor of Grenay
  • Surface: 2500 m2
  • Cost all include: 5 M€
  • Year: 2014 -15

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Tainan Public Library in Taiwan by Mecanoo

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Article source: Mecanoo

Tainan is a city born from a history of diverse cultures, peoples and traditions. The urban fabric holds memories from the 17th century European maritime trading, the Qing Dynasty Ruling, and the Japanese settlement of the early 1900s. On top of its rich history, modern Tainan is developing as a central city in the knowledge-based economy. The Public Library is about Tainan’s evolving relationship with its past and the direction towards its future.

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo

Image Courtesy © Mecanoo

  • Architects: Mecanoo
  • Project: Tainan Public Library
  • Location: Tainan, Taiwan

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Inside Out – Varna Library in ‎Bulgaria by TheeAe LTD

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Article source: TheeAe LTD

The new library is to be the central library combining from 6 different buildings throughout the city. Its purposeful development will bring extensive services to visitors in the center of Varna.

The current design site has its unique building boundary. Especially, the height limit for right to sunshine to the neighbors creates the interesting form by its slope on the roof area. The boundaries are a pre-made form of architecture. It is weather friendly for the seasons of rain and snow by its natural form. To respect this condition has very much necessitated into our design process.

Image Courtesy © TheeAe LTD

Image Courtesy © TheeAe LTD

  • Architects: TheeAe LTD
  • Project: Inside Out – Varna Library
  • Location: Varna, Bulgaria

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Mobile library in Seoul Innovation Park, South Korea by SpaceTong (ArchiWorkshop)

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Article source: SpaceTong (ArchiWorkshop)

‘Pavilion Library’ project is commissioned by Seoul Innovation Park and Seoul city. 100,000m2 site was occupied by Ministry of food and drug safety for last 60 years and the intension of the project is to revitalize and open the gate to the public for its first time. Currently, number of social companies and startups are gathered and occupied to solve social issues of Seoul. The Seoul city governments decided to open up the complex to vitalize natural interaction between the tenants and citizens.

Image Courtesy © SpaceTong (ArchiWorkshop)

Image Courtesy © SpaceTong (ArchiWorkshop)

  • Architects: SpaceTong (ArchiWorkshop)
  • Project: Mobile library
  • Location: Seoul Innovation Park, South Korea
  • Client: Seoul Innovation Park
  • Project architects: Hee-Jun Sim, Su-Jeong Park
  • Project Team: Kyung-Eun Na
  • Construction: TCM Global
  • Program: Mobile Library and exhibition hall
  • Building area:
    • Block attached pavilion: 13m2
    • Pipe pavilion: 9m2
    • Mirage pavilion: 16m2
    • Membrane pavilion: 40m2
  • Exterior finishing:
    • Block attached pavilion: backpainted glass
    • Pipe pavilion: scaffolding tube
    • Mirage pavilion: stainless steel panel
    • Membrane pavilion: membrane
  • Year of completion: 15. Dec. 2015
  • Software used: Rhino and Autocad

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