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Houston Library and Exhibition Complex in Texas by MA2

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Article source: MA2

The Houston Library and Exhibition Complex is the second installment in the initiation of dynamic architectural proposals for Houston, Texas and the greater development of ideas for American cities. The design functions along multiple trajectories of display corridors and library storage to interpolate exhibition with an expanded book collection for international reading and research. By having a series of harmonic manifolds of book collection space and the mixing of programmatic function for exhibition, it generates a dynamical system of flowing conditions which manifests with moments of extrapolation within the tectonic massing and circulation. Within the radiating tectonic corridors there is also included smaller botanical gardens which resonates with the surrounding landscape development as well, serving the community with a robust flower display and plaza.

Image Courtesy © MA2

Image Courtesy © MA2

  • Architects: MA2
  • Project: Houston Library and Exhibition Complex
  • Location: Houston, Texas, US

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Madison Central Public Library in Wisconsin by MSR (Meyer, Scherer, & Rockcastle)

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Article source: MSR (Meyer, Scherer, & Rockcastle)

The reconstruction of a worn, 45-year-old, 95,000 square-foot library has resulted in a completely reimagined building. A 25,000 square-foot expansion encloses the formerly open entry with a glass atrium space and adds a partial third floor. New flexible spaces and technologies recognize evolving community needs with dedicated areas for children and teens, public meeting rooms, a making space, and a high-tech media lab. The design also incorporates a number of sustainable design strategies, some of the most prominent of which include solar panels and a green roof.

Image Courtesy © Lara Swimmer

Image Courtesy © Lara Swimmer

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Clermont-Ferrand School of architecture in France by du Besset-Lyon architectes urbanistes

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Article source: AHA 

The task was to transform a sanatorium, built in 1930’s, into a School of Architecture. The Sanatorium is a perfect example of functional architecture, and it has to change radically its function. In order to preserve the rational spirit of the existing building and to create a model of a coherent architecture for the future students, our project becomes a pure reconversion: we restated the main architectural concept of the Sanatorium.

Image Courtesy © Axel Dahl

Image Courtesy © Axel Dahl

  • Architects: du Besset-Lyon architectes urbanistes
  • Project: Clermont-Ferrand School of architecture
  • Location: Ancient sanatorium Sabourin in Clermont-Ferrand (63), France
  • Photography: Axel Dahl
  • Client: Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
  • Program: Classrooms, amphitheatres, library, workshops, studios
  • Engineering firms
    • Structural engineers: KHEPHREN Ingénierie
    • HVAC engineering: ESPACE TEMPS
    • Economist: JC DRAUART
    • Acoustic expert: JP LAMOUREUX
    • Infrastructure engineers: ATPI INFRA
    • Fire security expert: CASSO & ASSOCIES
  • Competition winner: July 2008
  • Construction completion: August 2015
  • Surface area: 11 500 m²
  • Cost: 21, 5 M€ ht

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Library in Varna, Bulgaria by CHYBIK+KRISTOF ARCHITECTS & URBAN DESIGNERS

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Article source: CHYBIK+KRISTOF ARCHITECTS & URBAN DESIGNERS

The New library in Varna is an open transparent institution serving to the local community just as to the visitors of this popular seaside resort. Thanks to the open and permeable ground floor, there are great conditions for a rich public life not only inside, but also outside the library.

Image Courtesy © CHYBIK+KRISTOF ARCHITECTS & URBAN DESIGNERS

Image Courtesy © CHYBIK+KRISTOF ARCHITECTS & URBAN DESIGNERS

  • Architects: CHYBIK+KRISTOF ARCHITECTS & URBAN DESIGNERS
  • Project: Library in Varna
  • Location: Varna, Bulgaria
  • Team: Ondrej Chybik, Michal Kristof, Victor Cojocaru, Martin Holy, Josef Chybik, Adam Jung, Anastasiia Korchagina, Vojtech Kouril, Ondrej Mundl, Matej Strba, Zuzana Zathurecka
  • Program: library, offices, exhibition space, café
  • Status: international open competition
  • Size: 18 420 m2 (total built-up area of the over ground levels)
  • Year: 2015

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Both Music in Shanghai, China by PRISM DESIGN

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Article source: PRISM DESIGN

Both Music is a café bar nestled in Shanghai’s Red Town of Sculpture Museum creative district. Combining an eclectic mix of music, art, and photography, it’s a hidden haven for beat-makers and audiophiles in Shanghai who want to relax to a curated selection of Vinyl’s funk, soul, jazz, and hip-hop.

Image Courtesy © PRISM DESIGN

Image Courtesy © PRISM DESIGN

  • Architects: PRISM DESIGN
  • Project: Both Music
  • Location: B106, Red Town Sculpture Museum, 570 Huaihai W Rd, Changning, Shanghai, China
  • Category: Both music: vinyl records bar, books library  170 sqm
  • Construction: Jf design & construction co,.ltd
  • Design period: June.2015 – August.2015
  • Construction period: August.2015 – September.2015

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Saul-Bellow Library in Montréal, Canada by Chevalier Morales Architectes

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Article source: Chevalier Morales Architectes

Following an architectural competition in 2011, the firm Chevalier Morales Architectes received the mandate to expand, redesign and bring to compliance the old Lachine borough library, dating back to 1974. This neighbourhood library not meeting user and employee needs anymore, the architects Stephan Chevalier and Sergio Morales made this location a 21st century library: attractive, luminous and stimulating conversation. The project aimed for a LEED certification as well as to be an example of sustainable development principles.

Image Courtesy © Chevalier Morales Architectes

Image Courtesy © Chevalier Morales Architectes

  • Architects: Chevalier Morales Architectes
  • Project: Saul-Bellow Library
  • Location: Montréal, Canada
  • Official project name: Bibliothèque Saul-Bellow (Saul-Bellow Library)
  • Client name: Ville de Montréal (City of Montreal)
  • Project managers: S. Chevalier / S. Morales
  • Design team: S. Chevalier / S. Morales / J. Rondeau / P. Littée / C. Giguère / A. Massé / S. Barrette
  • Engineers: Dessau, Martin Roy &associés
  • Landscape architects: Civiliti
  • Contrators: Gamarco
  • Project surface area: 2650 m2
  • Project end date: Fall 2015
  • Cost of work:$13 M

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John Ruskin College in Croydon, England by Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Article source: Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt

Update and refresh of the John Ruskin College campus through a series of refurbishment works and the design of a new Learning Resource Centre (LRC).

 Image Courtesy © Andy Matthews

Image Courtesy © Andy Matthews

  • Architects: Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt
  • Project: John Ruskin College
  • Location: Croydon, England
  • Photography: Andy Matthews

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CEIP Sada extensión building in Spain by Díaz y Díaz Arquitectos

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Article source: Díaz y Díaz Arquitectos

Sada, located in the region of La CoruñaAsMariñas, in the Galician Rias Altas, occupies a central position in the coast of Betanzos estuary, characterized by an extraordinary beautiful landscape and a mild Atlantic climate with very few thermal fluctuations. With 14,000 inhabitants and 20 Km distant from the provincial capital, La Coruña, it´s nowadays part of the metropolitan area.

Image Courtesy © Héctor Santos-Díez

Image Courtesy © Héctor Santos-Díez

  • Architects: Díaz y Díaz Arquitectos
  • Project: CEIP Sada extensión building
  • Location: Sada, Spain
  • Photography: Héctor Santos-Díez
  • Client: Consellería de cultura, educación e ordenación universitaria. Xunta de Galicia
  • Constructor: Obras y servicios Gómez Crespo S.L.
  • Surveyors: Antonio Pazos García y José Luis Pardo Pérez
  • Area: 498,80 m²
  • Date: 2015

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House of bookshelf in Yamanashi, Japan by S PLUS ONE

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Article source: S PLUS ONE

There was the existing building between a vineyard and the mountain. It is a plan under the comfortable environment where there is the big park which is famous for Japanese pine, and Mount Fuji is seen over a park from the second floor of the building.

Image Courtesy © Naoki Kobayashi

Image Courtesy © Naoki Kobayashi

  • Architects: S PLUS ONE
  • Project: House of bookshelf
  • Location: Yamanashi, Japan
  • Photography: Naoki Kobayashi
  • Site area: 400
  • Total floor area: 178
  • Completion date: 9.2015

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MEDIA LIBRARY ST PAUL in Ile de la Réunion, France by Peripheriques Architects

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Article source: Peripheriques Architects

The new media library structures “the gateway” of Saint-Paul city. Its location choice comes as an urban answer to the need of a strong identity in the landscape scale. This building has to become a cultural landmark, through information and training, as well as a visual one through its architecture. Located between sea and mountain, the building shape is a 34m side cube. The
idea of an urban landmark is enhanced by a strong aesthetic vocabulary of the volume related to the ”book” media: façades are structured by a stack of wavy lines reminiscent of the book pages pattern. Those “pages” are solar shading systems vibrating around the construction.

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

Image Courtesy © Luc Boegly

  • Architects: Peripheriques Architects
  • Project: MEDIA LIBRARY ST PAUL
  • Location: ST PAUL, Ile de la Réunion, France
  • Photography: Luc Boegly
  • Project manager : Juliette Bonnamy with With : Charlotte Lefebvre, Alfredo Luvison, Claire Oiry, Emily Murphy, Timothée Kazmierczak, Pierre Tignon, Karine Bergevin, Camille Isaac-Dognin, Charline
    Lalanne, Guillaume Guilbert
  • Landscape designer: ZONE UP
  • Artist: MICHEL BATORY
  • 3D pictures: L’AUTRE IMAGE
  • Project management: SEDRE for Saint-Paul city
  • Area : 4 567 m² shon (net floor area)
  • Cost : 13,17 M € H.T.
  • Schedule: competition May 2011 – completed in April 2015
  • Program : 230 signs, Achievement of a media library with café, restaurant, reception area and gardens, conference and entertainment spaces, self-learning and citizenship spaces, reading and media areas, sound and image center, and an administration.

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