Library on the Quay / ATA studio

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

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  • 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.

Marcel Breuer's Central Library in Atlanta Faces Demolition Threat

08:00 - 21 April, 2016
Marcel Breuer's Central Library in Atlanta Faces Demolition Threat, The Atlanta Central Library by Marcel Breuer, currently slated for replacement.. Image via Docomomo
The Atlanta Central Library by Marcel Breuer, currently slated for replacement.. Image via Docomomo

Like many Brutalist buildings in America, the Central Library in Atlanta by Marcel Breuer is facing demolition, reports The Architect's Newspaper. Completed in 1980 with a 300-seat theater, restaurant and 1 million books, the building exemplifies Breuer’s sensibilities, with its bush-hammered concrete panels and Bauhaus-inspired forms. However, over the years the building has fallen into disrepair, with its theater closing in the mid-1990s, and the restaurant closing a few years later. In 2002, the city spent $5 million on restoration. Even so, in 2008, voters approved a $275 million bond referendum, which included a proposal to replace the library by Breuer with another. Despite protests from preservationists, the building’s future is uncertain, with voters clearly calling for a new library building.

Video: Gifu Media Cosmos by Toyo Ito

06:00 - 19 April, 2016

The latest video in French architect and filmmaker Vincent Hecht’s Japanese Collection series features the Gifu Media Cosmos by Toyo Ito. The library/gallery features an undulating wooden ceiling and multiple large, suspended translucent funnels that define areas for different activities. A series of intermittent openings in the roof allows natural light into the space. 

15 Awe-Inspiring Libraries That Will Make You Want to Read All Day

12:00 - 10 April, 2016
15 Awe-Inspiring Libraries That Will Make You Want to Read All Day

From community meeting hubs to secluded refuges, places to learn and places to study, libraries can be so much more than just a place to a check out a book. With this in mind, we’ve rounded-up 15 awe-inspiring libraries, including a Canadian church that was converted into a library, the first library in Muyinga, Burundi – built using participatory design and local materials – and the largest academic library in Finland. See what makes each of the libraries unique after the break. 

OPEN's Competition Entry for New Shenzhen Art Museum and Library

12:00 - 4 January, 2016
OPEN's Competition Entry for New Shenzhen Art Museum and Library, Courtesy of Open Architecture
Courtesy of Open Architecture

In May 2015, Shenzhen Art Museum and Shenzhen Library organized an international design competition for their new homes in Longhua District. 134 firms submitted concept proposals for the first stage, eight firms were selected to enter the second phase competition in July, among them OMA, Steven Holl, Mecanoo, OPEN, KSP, and others. Below is OPEN’s competition entry for the second phase.

Courtesy of Open Architecture Courtesy of Open Architecture Courtesy of Open Architecture Courtesy of Open Architecture +22

Atelier Thomas Pucher to Expand and Renovate the University of Graz's Main Library

06:00 - 13 November, 2015
Atelier Thomas Pucher to Expand and Renovate the University of Graz's Main Library, Courtesy of Atelier Thomas Pucher
Courtesy of Atelier Thomas Pucher

After an international competition, the contract for the extension and renovation of the Main Library at the University of Graz in Austria has been awarded to Atelier Thomas Pucher. The project, located at the heart of the campus, includes the addition of a 430 student auditorium; 650 reading/work areas; study and examination rooms; and administrative and storage areas. Read more about the winning design proposal after the break.

Call for Submissions: AR Culture Awards

18:00 - 23 October, 2015
Call for Submissions: AR Culture Awards, Long Art Museum, Shanghai, by Atelier Deshaus
Long Art Museum, Shanghai, by Atelier Deshaus

The Architectural Review is seeking the most exciting cultural buildings in the world completed in the last 5 years – from museums to performance spaces, galleries to libraries. This is your chance to be recognised on the global stage as a leading designer of cultural projects!

Open Call: Help House Over 860,000 Books and Media – Design the New Varna Library

08:00 - 4 October, 2015
Open Call: Help House Over 860,000 Books and Media – Design the New Varna Library, Courtesy of Municipality of Varna
Courtesy of Municipality of Varna

The Municipality of Varna and the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria have launched a competition open to architects worldwide to design the new Varna Regional Library. Varna, the third-largest city in Bulgaria, has lacked a proper library building for years, and the library’s collection of over 860,000 items is spread across six different buildings in the city. The new competition aims to create a single space where the collection can be brought together, while creating an attractive public space in the city’s centre.

The Long(ish) Read: Walter Benjamin Unpacking his Library

04:00 - 24 August, 2015
The Long(ish) Read: Walter Benjamin Unpacking his Library, Walter Benjamin in Paris. Image © Gisèle Freund
Walter Benjamin in Paris. Image © Gisèle Freund

Welcome to The Long(ish) Read: a new AD feature which uncovers texts written by notable essayists which resonate with contemporary architecture, interior architecture, urbanism or landscape design. In this essay, written in 1931, Walter Benjamin narrates the process of unpacking his library. All in boxes, he takes the reader through elements of his book collection: the memories attached to them, the importance he placed on the act of 'collecting' and the process of accumulation, and how objects like books inhabit a space.

Babeliothèque: Reimagining the East Side Gallery in Berlin

08:00 - 16 August, 2015
Babeliothèque: Reimagining the East Side Gallery in Berlin, Courtesy of Martin Sabadini, Escena3D Studio
Courtesy of Martin Sabadini, Escena3D Studio

As the longest open-air gallery in the world, the East Side Gallery in Berlin is undoubtedly a popular destination for art enthusiasts, historians, and tourists alike. Covered in political artwork, the Eastern side of the largest remaining portion of the Berlin Wall has a strong historic as well as aesthetic presence. The other side, however, seems much more barren and abandoned.

With this contrast in mind, architects Emiliano Lareu and Marie de Testa have developed an idea to overcome the sense of desolation found on the opposite side of the wall. Though the designs are only a concept, they are easily imagined in the context of Berlin’s greater cityscape.

Courtesy of Martin Sabadini, Escena3D Studio Courtesy of Martin Sabadini, Escena3D Studio Courtesy of Martin Sabadini, Escena3D Studio Courtesy of Martin Sabadini, Escena3D Studio +7

The Chicago Prize Highlights Two Speculative Proposals for Obama's Presidential Library

00:00 - 11 February, 2015
The Chicago Prize Highlights Two Speculative Proposals for Obama's Presidential Library, Winner / Zhu Wenyi, Fu Junsheng, and Liang Yiang. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architectural Club
Winner / Zhu Wenyi, Fu Junsheng, and Liang Yiang. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architectural Club

The Chicago Architectural Club (CAC) has revealed the winners of its fourteenth annual Chicago Prize Competition - The Barack Obama Presidential Library - following Chicago's recent selection as one of three cities being considered to host the presidential library

Inspiring designs across the United States, the winning entries aimed to envision a library that could both recognize the President by displaying a collection of mementos from his life and provide the basis for community programs. Contestants were asked to consider the building's context within the city of Chicago to generate a speculative proposal that not only fosters learning and exploration, but also inspires public discussion. To further encourage creativity, the library's program was unspecified, allowing participants to decide how to incorporate these civic and educational elements in their designs. 

Ultimately, a distinguished panel selected two winners and three honorable mentions emerged from the competition. The winning proposals and honorable mentions are as follows:

Casa de las Ideas Library / CROstudio

01:00 - 25 November, 2014
Casa de las Ideas Library / CROstudio, © CROstudio
© CROstudio
  • Project Architects

    Adriana Cuellar, Marcel Sánchez
  • Location

    Popocatépetl, Camino Verde, 22190 Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
  • Collaborators

    Gabriela Bendeck, Arturo González, Joseph Ruiz Tapia
  • Structural Engineering

    Fernando Arroyo
  • Construction

    Grupo LARC Walter López Arce, Berta Sánchez Rabago
  • Project Area

    220.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© CROstudio © CROstudio © CROstudio © CROstudio +26

Critics React to Mecanoo's Birmingham Library

00:00 - 9 September, 2013
Critics React to Mecanoo's Birmingham Library, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

With Birmingham's new public library opening last week, Mecanoo's latest large-scale public building has received mixed reviews from critics in the UK. Check out the critical responses from Hugh Pearman, The Telegraph's Stephen Bayley, The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright, The Observer's Rowan Moore, and The Financial Times' Edwin Heathcote after the break...

BNL Bibliothèque Nationale de Luxembourg / BOLLES+WILSON

01:00 - 7 September, 2013
BNL Bibliothèque Nationale de Luxembourg / BOLLES+WILSON, Wood model interior. Image © Tomasz Samek
Wood model interior. Image © Tomasz Samek

In 2003, BOLLES + WILSON won a national competition that gained them commission of the new Luxemburg National Library (BnL Bibliothèque Nationale de Luxembourg). After years of hibernation, the 39,000 square meter library will break ground in 2014. 

Follow us after the break for more analysis on the library...

Library Of The Present: Communal Information In Physical Space

09:00 - 6 August, 2011
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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