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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
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of yue-design

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.

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