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Experience the Beauty of Libraries Around the World Through This Instagram Series

08:00 - 16 September, 2016

Self-proclaimed “Instagram purist” Olivier Martel Savoie (@une_olive) has created #olive_libraries, a series of Instagram photographs portraying libraries around the world, using only the camera on his iPhone. Over the past two years, Savoie has traveled from his home city of Montréal, to Berlin, Amsterdam, Budapest, Rome, Riga, Paris, Moscow, and several other cities photographing the stunning architecture of libraries. Encountering language barriers and even intense security, Savoie’s dedication to taking the perfect photo has resulted in a stunning collection of images.

Experience the beauty of libraries around the world, after the break.

National Library and Archives of Québec, Montréal. Image © Olivier Martel Savoie, @une_olive Latvia National Library, Riga. Image © Olivier Martel Savoie, @une_olive National Library of Russia, St Petersburg. Image © Olivier Martel Savoie, @une_olive Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen. Image © Olivier Martel Savoie, @une_olive +34

André Chiote Reimagines Libraries From Around the World as Minimalist Illustrations

12:00 - 27 April, 2016
André Chiote Reimagines Libraries From Around the World as Minimalist Illustrations, © André Chiote
© André Chiote

André Chiote’s newest series of illustrations focuses on the unique architectural characteristics of modern and contemporary world libraries. Using the building facades as a starting point, Chiote turns the complex exterior geometries and shadows into more minimalist representations of facilities that include: OMA’s Seattle Public Library, Scmidt Hammer Lassen’s University of Aberdeen New Library, and Dominique Perrault’s National Library of France.

“Libraries,” says Chiote, “Are houses of books. And newspapers. And magazines. And music. And movies. The entire world connected, where we are with ourselves and with others. They are our memories and our legacy. The reference of knowledge and leisure but also urbanity. Libraries are the house where we must always return.”

© André Chiote © André Chiote © André Chiote © André Chiote +15

2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Award Winners Announced

14:00 - 16 April, 2016
© Hedrich Blessing
© Hedrich Blessing

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) have selected seven projects to receive the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. This awards program was developed to encourage and recognize excellence in the architectural design of libraries, reflecting the evolving role of the library as a community space.

The seven recipients of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are:

Four Design Teams Shortlisted for Australia's State Library Vision 2020 Project

08:00 - 27 December, 2015
Four Design Teams Shortlisted for Australia's State Library Vision 2020 Project, State Library of Victoria. Image © Flickr CC User Matthew Paul Argall
State Library of Victoria. Image © Flickr CC User Matthew Paul Argall

Four architectural design teams have been chosen to submit designs for the $83.1 million State Library Victoria Vision 2020 Redevelopment Project in Victoria, Australia.

The large-scale project includes the restoration of the historic Queen’s Hall, reopening of the library’s Russell Street entrance, an e-Town Hall, and new spaces for early learning, digital media, entrepreneurship, and exhibitions.

Video: Architect Rob Quigley on the 35-Year Struggle to Build the San Diego Library

16:00 - 28 February, 2015

"Big things don't happen overnight," says architect Rob Quigley, speaking to Breadtruck Films, "and civic buildings certainly don't happen overnight." The words ring true in the context of Quigley's San Diego New Central Library, which opened in 2013 following a protracted 17 year period of design and construction. After conceiving of the design in 1996, Quigley's plans for the library were "put on the back burner" when planning authorities chose to halt construction on the project in favor of a new ballpark. Construction eventually recommenced years later, in what has since been described as "absolutely a surreal experience."

In this video Quigley describes the driving force of "creating an architecture that responds honestly and authentically to who we are," and how the library has come to be a "symbol of [San Diego]'s commitment to learning and literacy." 

OMA To Design "Iconic" Qatar National Library

00:00 - 30 November, 2012
Courtesy of Qatar National Library (
Courtesy of Qatar National Library (

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser has announced the launch of the Qatar National Library (QNL), to be designed by Rem Koolhaas of OMA.

The QNL, a public access library, will symbolically connect the country's past and future. As her highness explained: “The library’s vision of bridging with knowledge Qatar’s heritage and future demonstrates the significant role QNL will play in unlocking human potential as Qatar builds a knowledge-based economy. A modern dynamic National Library for the country is essential in reaching this goal.” 

As such, Rem Koolhass - an architect known both for his iconic structures as well as his success with the Seattle Public Library - has been hand-picked for the important design, soon to be, according to the QNL website, "one of the most [...] iconic landmarks in Qatar and the region." As a library on the cutting-edge of digital archiving, the building will require innovative facilities (including over 300 public computers, wifi and multi-media production studios); however, it will also serve the community as a relaxed, social gathering place. 

More images of OMA's plans for the Qatar National Library, after the break....

AD Round Up: Libraries Part I

19:00 - 3 February, 2009

In less than a year of existence, we have featured more than 500 projects! So in case you´ve missed some we will be featuring interesting projects, sorted  by building type. Here´s our first selection of Libraries you can´t miss.