AD Round Up: Libraries Part I

AD Round Up: Libraries Part I

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.

España Library This library by Giancarlo Mazzanti, finished its construction in 2007 and is located in Santo Domingo Colombia. The Project is located on one of the hillsides that have been affected by the violence since the 80´s because of the drug traffic network that operates in the city of Medellin. It is part of the government’s social master plan program to give equal economic and social opportunities to the population (read more…)

Central Library, Universidad Católica del Norte Built by Marsino Arquitectos, this architectural container materializes the gathering in spaces to develop the social role of contemporary libraries, distant from the old archive-like approach for libraries. Its facade consolidates the institutional image of the University, that has been developed as a series of temporary constructions (read more…)

Chongqing Library Perkins Eastman’s design for the new Chongqing Library, a stunning 540,000 sf urban complex, evolved from a central idea of expressing the freedom and importance of knowledge. Conceived as a cultural and civic icon, the library goes beyond the notion that a library is simply a repository for books-incorporating a concert hall, gallery space, conference facilities, restaurant, and a hotel for visiting scholars (read more…)

Ilhavo City Library Constructed by ARX PORTUGAL, the building is located on the periphery of the town of Ilhavo in Portugal, an area with little urban expansion, still fairly inarticulated and problematic. We chose not only to design an object, the library, but to intervene in the clarification and consolidation of urban fragments and volumes with no apparent overall coherence (read more…)

Turku City Library By JKMM Architects, the new city library in Turku, Finland is located at the historical centre of the city. The building is the latest addition to a block with the old library and several other historically valuable buildings. The historical and cultural value of the site presented a great challenge for the planning of the new building. The objective of the project was to create a new construct, which would harmonize with the historically invaluable setting while also manifesting an architecture of its own age (read more…)

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Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "AD Round Up: Libraries Part I" 03 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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