Foster’s Design for the New York Public Library Unveiled

The Public Library’s (NYPL) main building on Fifth Avenue, is a Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by architects Carrère & Hastings. Image via Flickr User CC wallyg.

The New York Public Library (NYPL) has unveiled the details of their controversial plan to renovate the 20th century, Carrère and Hastings “masterpiece” on 5th Avenue. Designed Foster + Partners, the $300 million dollar proposal is a response to the cultural shift from traditional stacks to online resources, as the library has experienced a 41% decrease in the use of collections over the last 15 years.

Sensitive to concerned critics, the renovation promises to preserve the building’s legacy as it integrates a new, state-of-the-art Circulating Library into its flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street. Foster’s “library within a library” will transform seven floors of stacks, currently occupying the back of the building, into an aesthetically, technologically and environmentally advanced public space that meets the needs of our 21st century society.

“We need to be respectful of the beloved, iconic building and to create a new inspiring space,” Anthony W. Marx, the library’s president, said in an interview with the New York Times. “At a time when people wonder about the future of libraries, we’re going to create the greatest library the world has ever seen.”

Learn all the details and see the renderings after the break…

105 V House / Shaun Lockyer Architects

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Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: , Queensland,
Project Team: Shaun Lockyer – Design Principal; Neva Wethereld – Project Architect; Corinne Bolton ‐ Interiors
Structural Engineer: Westera Partners
General Contractor: Origin Builders
Area: 350 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Scott Burrows

Phoenix Observation Tower / BIG

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Architects: BIG
Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA
Architects In Charge: Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Christoffersen
Project Leader: Iannis Kandyliaris
Project Team: Thomas Fagan, Aaron Hales, Ola Hariri, Dennis Harvey, Beat Schenk
Collaborators: MKA (structure), Atelier10 (sustainability), Gensler (local architect), TenEyck ()
Client: Novawest
Area: 70,000 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of BIG

Courtesy of University of Manitoba
Courtesy of University of Manitoba

Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition

The University of Manitoba’s Visionary (re)Generation competition is inviting some of the world’s most accomplished urban thinkers to re-imagine the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry campus. Focused on innovative and sustainable design, the two phase competition is a once-in-a-generation chance…

Student Accommodation, Somerville College / Níall McLaughlin Architects

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Architects: Níall McLaughlin Architects
Location: Somerville College, , Oxfordshire, UK
Area: 2,541 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of , Nick Kane

Jarmund / Vigsnæs Arkitekter

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Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects MNAL  was established in 1996 by Einar Jarmund and Håkon Vigsnæs. Alessandra Kosberg became partner in 2004. The firm is located in , . JVA works in a wide architectural range with commissions mainly in , but also in other European countries. The majority of their finished work are public buildings and housing projects. JVA also are involved in urban planning and building interiors; aiming to cover all corners of the architectural field. They focus on the independent concept for every single project, avoiding general stylistic approaches. Priority is given to early participation in creative programming and an attentive relation towards the surroundings.

House J / Bembé Dellinger Architekten

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Architects: Bembé Dellinger Architekten
Location: Landsberg,
Year: 2009
Photographs: Stefan Müller Naumann

Digital Imagery by INK
Digital Imagery by INK

Drayton Green Church Proposal / Piercy & Company

Award-winning London based architecture practice Piercy & Company… recently revealed their proposal for Drayton Green Church in Ealing, London, a new building for the International Presbyterian Church (IPC). Their scheme retains an existing Grade ll listed chapel – originally built

A Space Shuttle for Bremen / Kister Scheithauer Gross Architects + Architekten BDA Feldschnieders + Kister

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Architects: Kister Scheithauer Gross Architects And Urban Planners + Architekten BDA Feldschnieders + Kister
Location: , Germany
Area: 3,850 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Christian Richters

Courtesy of Architetto Matteo Ascani (AMA)
Courtesy of Architetto Matteo Ascani (AMA)

Detroit River Front Competition Entry / AMA

The main objective for the Detroit River Front proposal is to create a new image of the city, an exclusive and unique landmark that glances to a future Detroit involved in its nature that it forgot for a long time.…

Low Energy Bamboo House / AST 77 Architecten

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Architects: AST 77 Architecten
Location: Beukenlaan, , Belgium
Architect In Charge: Peter Van Impe
Area: 118 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Steven Massart

Footbridge Over the Railways / DVVD | Architectes – Designers

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Architects: DVVD | Architectes – Designers
Location: ,
Year: 2010
Photographs: Cyril Sancereau, Jean-Paul Houdry

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© Cannon Design

Lansdowne Park Sports Center Proposal / Cannon Design

The redevelopment of the park, with the “Stadium in the Park” design concept, is an exciting urban design effort that encompasses a renovated stadium and arena, development of 300,000 sf of retail, renovation of heritage buildings, and an urban park…

Secondary School Azevedo Neves / João Lúcio Lopes

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Architects: João Lúcio Lopes
Location: , Portugal
Design Team: Gemma Vila, Madalena Caiado, Mariana Henriques
Area: 11,218 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: João Morgado, Courtesy of JLLA

Hall Rowers Moto Guzzi / act_romegialli

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Architects: act_romegialli
Location: Province of Lecco,
Design Team: Gianmatteo Romegialli, Angela Maria Romegialli, Erika Gaggia
Client: Mandello del Lario Town Council
Cost: 380,059.48 Euro
Area: 330 + 190 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Marcello Mariana

Umeå Art Museum / Henning Larsen Architects

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Architects: Henning Larsen Architects
Location: , Sweden
Team: Henning Larsen Architects, White Architects, Tyréns, WSP Group, TM-Konsult
Client: Baltic Group
Area: 15,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

Straight Up Oslo: Views Within the City by Cameron R. Neilson

Straight Up: © Cameron R Neilson

Photographer Cameron R Neilson, who we introduced in our earlier post about Oslo’s ripening real estate market, has produced some fantastic views from within Oslo.  As part of the Straight Up project, Neilson is challenging both the way in which city-scapes and skylines are photographed and the way that our eyes navigate the urban environment.

Check out the remarkable photographs after the break.

Affordable Housing in Prato / studiostudio architettiurbanisti

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Architects: studiostudio architettiurbanisti
Location: , Province of ,
Architects In Charge: Elisa Palazzo, Bruno Pelucca
Client: Edilizia Pubblica Pratese
Area: 3,211 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Bruno Pelucca, Giovanni Fornaciari, Margherita Stacchi