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Zhongshuge Bookstore / X+Living

22:00 - 16 June, 2017
Zhongshuge Bookstore / X+Living, Lecture Hall. Image © Feng Shao
Lecture Hall. Image © Feng Shao

Lecture Hall. Image © Feng Shao Reading Area. Image © Feng Shao Reading Area. Image © Feng Shao Lecture Hall. Image © Feng Shao +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chengdu, China
  • Design Director

    Xiang Li
  • Design Team

    Huan Liu, Chen Fan
  • Area

    1000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Mecanoo and MAYU Architects+ Break Ground on Tainan Public Library

06:00 - 15 June, 2017
Mecanoo and MAYU Architects+ Break Ground on Tainan Public Library, Courtesy of Mecanoo
Courtesy of Mecanoo

Mecanoo and MAYU Architects+ have begun construction on the new Tainan Public Library in Taiwan. The joint proposal was selected as a winner of a competition by the Tainan City Government held in February 2016. The proposal’s program hosting people of all ages, combined with its distinctive stepped façade will serve as a key addition to Tainan's cultural landscape. The design has gone through revisions with updated drawings released by Mecanoo.

Courtesy of Mecanoo Courtesy of Mecanoo Courtesy of Mecanoo Courtesy of Mecanoo +9

Underground Forest in Onepark Gubei / Wutopia Lab

20:00 - 22 May, 2017
Underground Forest in Onepark Gubei / Wutopia Lab, © CreatAR - AI Qing & SHI Kaicheng
© CreatAR - AI Qing & SHI Kaicheng

© CreatAR - AI Qing & SHI Kaicheng © CreatAR - AI Qing & SHI Kaicheng © CreatAR - AI Qing & SHI Kaicheng © CreatAR - AI Qing & SHI Kaicheng +26

Adjaye Associates to Design New Public Library and Civic Centre in Florida

16:00 - 6 May, 2017
Adjaye Associates to Design New Public Library and Civic Centre in Florida, Francis A. Gregory Library, Washington D.C. / Adjaye Associates. Image © Jeff Sauers
Francis A. Gregory Library, Washington D.C. / Adjaye Associates. Image © Jeff Sauers

Adjaye Associates have announced the design of a new 50,000 square foot library and event center in Winter Park, Florida, which will serve as a new civic hub and will compliment the nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The $30 million building also includes an 8,500 square foot civic center, combining as a manifestation of the city’s aspirations for library services.

“Winter Park’s vision for this project truly embraces the continued evolution of the library in the 21st century,” said Sir David Adjaye. “With a diverse program that recognizes it as a critical piece of cultural infrastructure, this will be a dynamic space for shared education, recreation, and interaction.”

Wright & Wright's Lambeth Palace Library Consolidates Europe's Second Most Renowned Archive

12:00 - 30 April, 2017
Wright & Wright's Lambeth Palace Library Consolidates Europe's Second Most Renowned Archive, © Wright & Wright Architects
© Wright & Wright Architects

Planning approval has been granted for the design of the first new building at Lambeth Palace in London for approximately 200 years – a new library and archive designed by Wright & Wright Architects. The building is intended to protect the priceless Lambeth Palace Library collection, second only to that of the Vatican and established in 1610 by Archbishop Bancroft, from any potential flooding and consolidate the wealth of rare artifacts and knowledge into a cohesive “portal of knowledge.”

Wright & Wright and the whole team have responded to the exacting and challenging brief to achieve an outcome which will protect and preserve the collection; allow us to make them more accessible than ever before; be as environmentally friendly as possible; while creating a beautiful building which will be wonderful to work in and visit," said Declan Kelley, Director of Libraries and Archives of the Church of England.

© Wright & Wright Architects © Wright & Wright Architects © Wright & Wright Architects © Wright & Wright Architects +9

Montreal’s LEED Platinum Bibliothèque du Boisé Wins RAIC's Green Building Award

08:00 - 15 April, 2017
Montreal’s LEED Platinum Bibliothèque du Boisé Wins RAIC's Green Building Award , © Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) have awarded Montreal’s Bibliothèque du Boisé with the annual Green Building Award for 2017. Designed by the trio of Consortium Labonté Marcil, Cardinal Hardy and Eric Pelletier architectes, the library is situated in the city’s Saint-Laurent district, and received the distinction as an example of “buildings that are environmentally responsible and promote the health and wellbeing of users.”

"The library offers a variety of beautifully lit and welcoming spaces throughout, maximizing daylight and views and the use of natural elements, such as wood, to create an environment that contributes to health and wellbeing,” said the jury. “Their approach to high-performance building through whole systems design and strategy has resulted in an impressive achievement.”

© Doublespace Photography © YienChaoHR © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography +10

Schmidt Hammer Lassen to Lead $88 Million Renovation of Melbourne's State Library of Victoria

12:30 - 10 April, 2017
Schmidt Hammer Lassen to Lead $88 Million Renovation of Melbourne's State Library of Victoria, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

The State Library of Victoria in Melbourne has tapped Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects with local partners Architectus and Andronas Conservation Architecture to lead in the design of a $88.1 million redevelopment plan, Vision 2020. The scheme will return 40% more space to public use, aiming to “unlock possibilities, create connections and act as a framework” for the future evolution of Australia’s oldest and busiest library.

Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects +7

Open Call: Hyde Park Library I London

09:26 - 11 January, 2017
Open Call: Hyde Park Library I London

London - literature's labyrinth of 'lost souls' is one of the favorite settings for writers/poets/scientists/thinkers and intelligentsia, who have nurtured the city into the greatest hub of intellectual revolution. One of the greatest living cities of the planet, London has had the biggest global influence on the socio-economic and cultural landscape of the world. 

Steven Holl Architects Designs Library and Campus Masterplan in Malawi, Africa

13:25 - 9 December, 2016
Steven Holl Architects Designs Library and Campus Masterplan in Malawi, Africa, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects have revealed plans for a new library and campus design in Malawi, coinciding with the project’s approval by The Miracle for Africa Foundation. To be constructed of local stone, bamboo and concrete, the library will provide 66,000 square feet (6,132 square meters) of study and gathering space to the community.

Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects +18

Steven Holl’s Hunters Point Community Library Tops Out in Queens

14:30 - 30 September, 2016
Steven Holl’s Hunters Point Community Library Tops Out in Queens, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

The new Hunters Point Community Library, designed by Steven Holl Architects, has topped out. Located along the East River in Long Island City, New York, the 22,000 square foot library will add a new community-devoted space to the waterfront, while serving as a new icon that can be seen from across the river in Manhattan.

Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Model of the library. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Rendering of the library. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects +6

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Dokk1 Wins Public Library of the Year Award 2016

14:10 - 17 August, 2016
Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Dokk1 Wins Public Library of the Year Award 2016, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has named Schmidt Hammer Lassen's Dokk1 Library in Aarhus, Denmark as the winner of the Public Library of the Year Award 2016.

By beating out the SOM-designed Chinatown branch of the Chicago Public Libary; the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre in Geelong, Australia, designed by ARM architecture; and the Success Public Library by Bollig Design Group; Dokk1 became the first Danish library to win the award.

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +7

Tongling New Library / yue-design

19:00 - 8 August, 2016
Tongling New Library / yue-design, Courtesy of yue-design
Courtesy of yue-design

Courtesy of yue-design Courtesy of yue-design Courtesy of yue-design Courtesy of yue-design +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tongling, Anhui, China
  • Design Team

    Liu Jin, Yu Yiqing, Tao Zimin, Zhou Jing, Sibelle Hu, Tan Shuang
  • Area

    11000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

Dazhou Public Library / China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute

22:00 - 1 August, 2016
Dazhou Public Library / China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute, © ARCH-EXIST
© ARCH-EXIST

© ARCH-EXIST © ARCH-EXIST © ARCH-EXIST © ARCH-EXIST +27

KAAN Architecten Integrates Historic School into New Library & Performing Arts Center

16:10 - 6 July, 2016
KAAN Architecten Integrates Historic School into New Library & Performing Arts Center , © EdiT, KAAN Architecten
© EdiT, KAAN Architecten

The city council of the Flemish city of Aalst have awarded KAAN Architecten with the commission for a new library and home of the Academy of Performing Arts. The building will also integrate the existing “Pupillenschool” (formerly a military school for children) to anchor the new tenant into the Belgian town’s rich history. The complex will be located at the corner of Oude Graanmarkt and Espalnadestraat, becoming a new cornerstone project where the many communities of Aalst can gather, learn and engage in cultural activities.

© EdiT, KAAN Architecten © EdiT, KAAN Architecten © EdiT, KAAN Architecten © EdiT, KAAN Architecten +10

The Elegance of the White, the Charm of the Cube / STI Studio

22:00 - 22 June, 2016
The Elegance of the White, the Charm of the Cube / STI Studio , © Chunliu Yu
© Chunliu Yu

© Chunliu Yu © Chunliu Yu © Chunliu Yu © Chunliu Yu +21

Library on the Quay / ATA studio

20:00 - 30 May, 2016
Library on the Quay / ATA studio, © ZhongNing
© ZhongNing

© ZhongNing © ZhongNing © ZhongNing © ZhongNing +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Riverside Park, Tongling, Anhui, China
  • Architect in Charge

    LiZhu, Wang Jia Jun
  • Design Team

    ATA studio, Architects & Engineers Co. , LTD of Southeast University
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

British Library Releases Millions of Images for Public Use on Flickr

14:00 - 8 May, 2016
British Library Releases Millions of Images for Public Use on Flickr, "Through China with a Camera ... With ... illustrations". Image Courtesy of The British Library
"Through China with a Camera ... With ... illustrations". Image Courtesy of The British Library

The British Library has continued to release images from its digitized collection, now bordering over one million images on public image-sharing platform Flickr, reports Quartz.  Since 2013, the institution’s “Mechanical Curator” has been randomly selecting images or other pages from over 65,000 public-domain books from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

"Az Osztrák-Magyar Monarchia irásban és képben. Rudolf trónörökös főherczeg Ő ... fensége kezdeményezéséből és közremunkálásával. (Die deutsche Ausgabe redigirt ... J. von Weilen, die ungarische M. Jókai.) Hung", "Appendix. Topography and Travels". Image Courtesy of The British Library "Homes of our Forefathers in Boston, Old England, and Boston, New England. From original drawings by E. Whitefield". Image Courtesy of The British Library "John L. Stoddard's Lectures [on his travels]. Illustrated ... with views of the worlds famous places and people, etc". Image Courtesy of The British Library "John L. Stoddard's Lectures [on his travels]. Illustrated ... with views of the worlds famous places and people, etc". Image Courtesy of The British Library +15

Call for Submissions: Obama Presidential Center

10:30 - 21 April, 2016
Call for Submissions: Obama Presidential Center

1. INTRODUCTION
“The Obama Presidential Center will bring to life the vision and legacy of President Obama, including inspiring an ethic of citizenship, expanding opportunity in a global age, and promoting peace, justice, and dignity throughout the world.” (Source: Obama Foundation)

This competition challenges designers to create an exceptional presidential library for U.S. President Obama (OPL). We look for design proposals with wide reaching architectural interventions that deal with the challenging South Side of Chicago, and make a case for a sustainable urban and economic growth. There are currently two potential site locations – one on the east side and the other on the west side of the University of Chicago (see p1.jpg): The Washington Park site and Jackson Park site. You are asked to make a choice between the two sites. There were numerous alter-native site proposals, e.g. sites in New York, Hawaii, Chicago etc. The Obama Foundation has identified these two properties as the ones with the most potential, based on key assumptions, opportunities and limitations relative to their contexts.