AD Round Up: Libraries Part VI

For our 6th selection of previously featured libraries, we have four amazing modern project and one Classic. Check them all after the break.

Surry Hills Library and Community Centre / FJMT This project is prominently located in the heart of Surry Hills, an inner-city suburb of Sydney whose community is characterised by a diversity of age, income and cultural backgrounds. The architectural context is also diverse: residential apartments, terrace housing, shops and commercial/industrial premises vary in scale though their architectural style is predominantly Victorian (read more…)

Birkenhead Library and Civic Centre / Archoffice The architectural concept for the library is based around a simple narrative of looking through ancient existing trees on the site to the view – thus notions of solid and void, transparency, light quality, pattern and form were considered and modelled to inform various design issues (read more…)

State Library of Queensland / Donovan Hill + Peddle Thorp Architects The existing Queensland State Library was redeveloped into a facility more than twice its original size through the reconfiguration of the existing building (10,000sqm) and provision of additional 12,000sqm of new space. In addition to expanding existing facilities the design contains a broad array of new specialist components including: an Indigenous Knowledge Centre, critically controlled repositories (read more…)

AD Classics: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library / Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is the largest building in the world dedicated to the containment and preservation of rare books, manuscripts, and documents. It was designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill and is located in New Haven, Connecticut. Prior to the completion of this project, Yale University placed its rare books on special shelving in Dwight Hall, which was the Old Library in the late 19th century (read more…)

Licanten Public Library / Emilio Marin + Murua-Valenzuela The project consists in the recuperation of an old metal shop for trains on the Curicó-Licantén railway branch, abandoned for 20 years, for its transformation into a library. In spite of its condition of abandonment and deterioration, the metal shop has formed part of the history of Licantén, and therefore has an important meaning for the community (read more…)

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Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "AD Round Up: Libraries Part VI" 14 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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