For our 7th selection, we have five great libraries featured between August and October 2010. Check them all after the break.
New Queens Library at Hunters Point / Steven Holl Architects New York will be the recipient of another Steven Holl project – a new library at the Queens West Development at Hunters Point. Envisioned as a contemporary “urban forum”, the project will shape public space and create new connections across the Queens West Development, Hunter Points South, and the existing neighborhood of Hunters Point (read more…)
Benning Library / Davis Brody Bond Aedas Benning Library is located on a sloped site along Benning Road, N.E. The building is terraced into the terrain allowing access from both Benning Road at the upper level and from a commercial shopping area at the lower level. The two floors of the facility are connected by a public stair inside the building, creating a space which encourages pedestrian circulation through the library in order to connect one street elevation to another (read more…)
The Poplar Creek Public Library / Frye Gillan Molinaro Architects In the western suburbs of Chicago, a dramatic transformation was propelled by merging an existing brutalist-inspired Library with a fluid new addition. After a 2½ year design and construction phase, it emerged as a contemporary structure with a green mindset and a sharp focus on technology. An entirely new image from Park Avenue features a facade enhanced by a canted glass tower (read more…)
Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library / Davis Brody Bond Aedas Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library is located along Rhode Island Avenue, NW at 7th Street, on a triangular urban site near Howard University. The new 22,800 square foot library marks this important intersection as a civic and educational node for the community. Filling the 9,850 square foot site, the building is comprised of three stories— one below grade and two above (read more…)
Library + Restaurant + Multifunctional Space / BOB361 Architects The building site is situated between the main road of the city of Dendermonde and the green bank of the river Dender. Three urban strategies lead to the creation of a new connection of these two contrasting atmospheres (read more…)