Library Of The Present: Communal Information In Physical Space

© Iwan Baan

The Internet is now the of the past. Where the public has historically served as the primary source of information gathering and dissemination, we now look to this new virtual, infinitely large that can be accessed anywhere at any time as the of the present.

As a result, the primary roles of today’s physical libraries have shifted. Libraries of the past focused primarily on individualized information consumption. Communal aspects of interaction and information dissemination now represent the core mission of the library when information is more easily accessible. The silent grand beaux-arts reading rooms of New York or Boston have of the past been transformed into flexible communal “living rooms” in Seattle.

Delhi Art Gallery Re-Design / Abhhay Narkar

Courtesy of Vertex Design

Architects: Vertex Inc / Abhhay Narkar
Location: , India
Design Team: Dushyant Bansal, Shariq Khan
Graphics: Priyanka Sharma, Sameer Rajadnya
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 9,000 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of Vertex Design

Retirement Home / meier + associés architectes

© Yves André

Architects: meier + associés architectes
Location: , Switzerland
Collaborators: T Bolliger, S Braun, T Mendes, AI Pepermans, J Pimenta, G Trotta
Civil Engineer: Amsler & Bombeli SA
Electrical Engineer: Scherler SA
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 5,000 sqm
Photographs: Yves André

Planned City of Palmas / Urban Recycle Architecture Studio

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The strategic planning of the city of , while in the search for expansion of urban space, often creates a certain peculiar urbanization compared to other Brazilian cities, such as in the topography of the land available for development of the IAB-To. It’s unusual for architects, who work in densely built metropolis, to design in a “loose” environment without references incorporated or pre-set aesthetic guidelines. For Urban Recycle Architecture Studio, the terrain of the project, in theory, represents everything that architects and builders like the most, “the new”. More images and architects’ description after the break.

3M House / destilat

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Architects: destilat
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of destilat

AD Classics: Vincent van Gogh Museum / Gerrit Rietveld

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The Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh was commissioned in 1963, but not completed until over a decade later. was originally chosen to spearhead the project, and provided the initial design. Tragically, however, Rietveld died a year after the project began. Rietveld’s colleague on the project, J. van Dillen, took over the commission as a result, sticking closely to Rietveld’s previous sketches. When van Dillen died in 1966, the project was finally left to be finished with a slightly adjusted design by J. van Tricht.

Clifton Hill House / Sharif Abraham Architects

© Matthew Stanton

Architects: Sharif Abraham Architects
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Matthew Stanton

Roundy Residence / The Miller Hull Partnership

© Benjamin Benschneider

Located in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, the 10 acre site contrasts between gently rolling fields that abruptly terminate in a 100-foot-high bluff that drops to the water’s edge below. The juxtaposition between these two conditions led to the architectural concept.

Architect: The Miller Hull Partnership
Location: Lopez Island, Washington,
Consultants: Ascent Construction, Quantum Consulting Engineers, Northwest Mechanical
Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider

Kindergarten Guntramsdorf / goya

© Kurt Hoerbst

Architects: goya (group of young architects)
Location: , Austria
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 730 sqm
Photographs: Kurt Hoerbst

Classic Architectural Icons Reinterpreted in Lego

© Peter Guenzel

Do you remember playing with Lego as a child? Recently the firms Atmos Studio, Make, Foster + Partners, AOC, Adjaye Associates, FAT and DSDHA took some time out from designing real buildings to create their own interpretation of some of the world’s most notable architectural icons in the form of Lego for an Icon Eye initiative.

Parish Church of Solace / Vicens + Ramos

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This parish center is located on a corner plot in a residential area between Historiador Dozy and Francisco Azorín streets. The extended side is situated in front of a green zone and the lateral side faces residential buildings. The rest of the surroundings are still undeveloped. To the north and west of the plot the structure is set back four meters off the boundaries. On the north side, the entire surface which coincides with the length of the structure is occupied by an English style garden at the height of the basement, to allow light and ventilation and give a courtyard that can be accessible by the public.

Architect: Vicens + Ramos
Location: ,
Lead Architect: Ignacio Vicens and Hualde, José Antonio Ramos Abengózar
Collaborators: Fernando Gil, Pablo Gutierrez, Joaquin Esperon, Desirée González, Romina Barbieri, Raul Rodriguez, Tibor Martin, Patricia Elena
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Vicens + Ramos

Gosta Museum Extension Competition proposal / Dellekamp Arquitectos + Periférica

© Carlos Zimbrón

Dellekamp Arquitectos + Periférica shared with us their proposal for the Gosta Museum Extension competition. The project aims to preserve the historical value and prominence of the original building by smoothly integrating it to the new museum. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Winners of the Tallinn Vision Competition Street 2020

Peer to Peer / Warren Techentin Architecture (WTARCH)

Warren Techentin Architecture (WTARCH)’s entry “Peer-to-Peer” received the €3000 I prize of the Vision competition STREET 2020, held under the auspices of TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale.

Tallinn Vision competition STREET 2020 was addressed to young architects and architecture students who were asked to describe a fluently connected, compatible and diverse urban landscape, with a focus on one particular urban typology: the street. The organizers received 35 competition entries, 34 of which qualified. Entries were submitted from Japan, Bangladesh, New-Zealand, Turkey, Italy, Poland, , Austria, Lithuania, Estonia and other countries.

The architects from WTARCH describe their winning proposal after the break

Rosa Parks Apartments / Landon Bone Baker Architects

© Andreas Larsson

Rosa Parks Apartments consists of the development of 94 affordable rental apartments in 8 buildings scattered across 21 city lots in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. In order to achieve an economy of scale and affordability, the buildings vary from 6 to 27 units and are all a variation on a theme of the same modular facade. Only 2 types of windows are used throughout the development, and scattered 1 and 2-story colored bays project from the front and rear of the buildings—adding definition to their facades.

Architect: Landon Bone Baker Architects
Developer/Owner: Joy Aruguete, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Lead Architect: Peter Landon
Structural Engineer: Joseph Farruggia, GFGR Inc.
General Contractor: Danegza Cordero, Humboldt Construction Company
Contractor/Producer: Dan Kolb, Prestress Engineering Group
Landscape Architect: Mimi McKay, McKay Landscape Architects
Consultants: John Katrakis, J.T. Katrakis and Associates; Ray Walston, Prism Engineering Inc.
Project Area: 130,350 sqf
Photographs: Andreas Larsson

The Greek Debt Crisis and Historical Landmarks

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Any trip to Athens, would not be complete without a visit to the Acropolis, the purest remaining form of what the Greeks thought architecture should be. And yet, if you stopped by a few weeks ago, you might have been surprised to find large banners proclaiming support for a communist trade union adorning the Acropolis hill. These banners are the most visible and literal signs of the Greek crisis affecting the historic landmarks in the country, but they are not the ones doing the most damage. That honor goes to the drop in tourism that Greece has experienced since the beginning of the global recession and runs through the country’s fiscal problems to the present. More on how the crisis is affecting historical landmarks after the break.

House 20 / Jolson Architecture

© Peter Bennetts

Architects: Jolson Architecture
Location: , Australia
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 1,250 sqm
Photographs: Peter Bennetts

Northern S.T.A.R.S. Safety Village / assemblageSTUDIO


Northern S.T.A.R.S. Safety Village, designed by assemblageSTUDIO, is a place where children learn real life strategies for dealing with emergencies while developing a positive attitude towards safety. The Northern S.T.A.R.S. Safety Village will combine traditional classroom education methods with unique interactive experiences in a realistic child-sized townscape. The overall design of the facility will also educate people on how to live in this desert region. With multiple sustainable systems people will learn how to live sustainably in the desert. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Video: Genre de Vie

Genre De Vie, “Way of Life”, by filmakers Sven Prince and Jorrit Spoelstra researches the effects that bicycling, as a popularized form of transport, has had in transforming our cities, and by extension the lifestyles attached to it. This video takes on a global perspective on the initiatives taken in the revitalization of the bicycle and its socio-cultural impacts. It focuses mainly on city’s that already promote a pro bicycle lifestyle. This coming from a viewpoint, that the bicycle is a positive development on the social and environmental structure and hence of profound effect on the living quality of its inhabitance. The documentary concentrates on individuals that plan yearly races in the post-industrial landscape of the city, and the sociological processes in which the bike plays a pivotal role. It also focuses on the more general role of the bicycle with regards to personal experience and use of space.

The documentary will be done by interviews with architects, city planners and people in control at the local government while on the other hand the people who create the urban bike culture; the cyclist in these cities. For example David Trimble who organizes the Red Hook Crit, a bike race in a post industrial landscape in Brooklyn, New York, will be part of this documentary. On our website you can read a longer and more detailed description of the project.