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HeFei Fei River Central Smart Garden Library / GEEDESIGN

21:00 - 29 October, 2018
HeFei Fei River Central Smart Garden Library / GEEDESIGN, © Shengliang Su
© Shengliang Su

© Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tangmo Road, Longchuan Road, Hefei, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Di Ye, Hu Xie, Haiting Ye
  • Design Team

    Songfeng Fan, Dan Tang, Yi Pan, Qiulin Chen, Ruohan Xu, Penghui Liu, Cong Liu
  • Area

    1760.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Refine your Visuals with Toffu's Premium Content Library

11:00 - 15 October, 2018

Online shop Toffu has produced a stylish content library aimed at architects seeking to improve their Photoshop, Illustrator, or CAD drawings. Hosting a range of vector and cad format packs, the library's vibrant content is markedly different from standard black and white line figures.

The content is available in elevation, plan, and isometric format, featuring people, furniture, icons, vehicles, and vegetation. Check out the Toffu site here to explore their full content.

ALA Architects' Central Library Oodi and JKMM's Amos Anderson Art Museum Near Completion in Helsinki

14:00 - 29 June, 2018
ALA Architects' Central Library Oodi and JKMM's Amos Anderson Art Museum Near Completion in Helsinki, The Helsinki Central Library Oodi. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects
The Helsinki Central Library Oodi. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects

The Helsinki Central Library Oodi, designed by ALA Architects, is nearing completion in Finland. Due to open its doors on December 3rd 2018, the library is situated in the cultural district of Töölönlahti, where it will sit as a ”powerful and iconic temporary design” among other architectural landmarks.

Situated across from the Finnish Parliament House, the scheme represents an interaction between the state and its citizens, “a new avenue to promote freedom of speech and democracy.”

Amos Anderson Art Museum. Image Courtesy of JKMM Architects Amos Anderson Art Museum. Image Courtesy of JKMM Architects The Helsinki Central Library Oodi. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects The Helsinki Central Library Oodi. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects + 9

Finnish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Examine the Future of Libraries

16:00 - 3 March, 2018
Finnish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale to Examine the Future of Libraries , Courtesy of ALA Architects
Courtesy of ALA Architects

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Finnish Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.

Finland’s representation at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia responds to the theme "Freespace" by transforming the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland into a temporary library space.

Beyond the Viral Images: Inside MVRDV’s Tianjin Binhai Library with #donotsettle

09:30 - 16 February, 2018

#donotsettle is an online video project created by Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost about architecture and the way it is perceived by users. They visit buildings, make videos and write extended stories in their exclusive column on ArchDaily, #donotsettle Extra.

Yes, that library. The images of the Tianjin Binhai Library have appeared everywhere, from architecture blogs and news broadcasts to going completely viral on social media. We had to go see it and show you what the space is really like. So, we teamed up with MVRDV who sent us to Tianjin to see it up close.

Tianjin Binhai Library, designed by MVRDV, is part of the bigger master plan for the new Binhai Cultural Center (masterplanned by Germany’s GMP). The building has seen phenomenal success on social media reaching all corners of the world. Since the opening, the number of visitors has been constantly increasing, with many of them coming from way beyond Tianjin. It is a library as destination point, redefined.

© Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode © Ossip van Duivenbode + 8

Bay Book House (BaBH) San Francisco Competition

14:21 - 5 February, 2018
Bay Book House (BaBH) San Francisco Competition, Bay Book House (BaBH) San Francisco Competition
Bay Book House (BaBH) San Francisco Competition

The Bay Book House (BaBH) San Francisco international competition for students and young architects consists in proposing a space for cultural exchange that will activate one or several of the unused piers of the historic Port of San Francisco.

San Francisco is the fourth largest city in the State of California, with a population of around 860,000 distributed over 121 km2. It is located on the West Coast of the United States, on the north end of the San Francisco peninsula, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and connected to the mainland to the south.

San Francisco is one

A Plane That Skidded Off Its Runway Could Become A Turkish City's Newest Library

16:00 - 29 January, 2018
A Plane That Skidded Off Its Runway Could Become A Turkish City's Newest Library, via youtube user Ihlas News Agency
via youtube user Ihlas News Agency

An airplane that skidded off the runway in Trabzon, Turkey, earlier this month (with no injuries) may soon be repurposed into a library for the city.

Five days after the plane was removed from its cliffside perch, Trabzon Mayor Orhan Fevzi Gümrükçüoğlu has reached out to the general manager of airline involved in the incident, Pegasus Airlines, to ask if they will donate the plane as a gift with the condition that it will be used as a library space, explaining that “keeping it here will also erase the bad memories attached to the plane.”

Open Call: Learning Resource Center Design Competition

12:20 - 17 January, 2018
Open Call: Learning Resource Center Design Competition, Event Description poster
Event Description poster

“Once you stop learning you start dying” -Albert Einstein

Knowledge is power, knowledge is freedom. But my simple definition of knowledge is total sum of all things you know as a person, and all things known universally. Your experiences, skills you have acquired, and information that has been captured in any accessible format that can be utilized in various ways, is knowledge. And library is a temple for those who seek knowledge.

Goertek Green Town - Time Books / Qingdao Greentown Architecture Design + Beijing H-Concept Architecture Design

22:00 - 3 January, 2018
© Yunfeng Shi
© Yunfeng Shi

© Yunfeng Shi © Yunfeng Shi © Yunfeng Shi © Yunfeng Shi + 35

Lattice Book House / Scenic Architecture Office

00:00 - 27 December, 2017
Lattice Book House / Scenic Architecture Office, Central stair. Image © Shan Liang
Central stair. Image © Shan Liang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Xuhui Riverfront Park, Shanghai, China
  • Lead Architects

    Xiaofeng Zhu, Shan Liang
  • Area

    350.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Reveals Runner-Up Southmere Village Library Proposal

16:00 - 1 December, 2017
Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Reveals Runner-Up Southmere Village Library Proposal, © RRA
© RRA

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter has revealed their finalist proposal for the recent RIBA Competition to design a new Southmere Village Library and civic space for the southeast London suburb of Thamesmead, a competition won by Bisset Adams.

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter’s proposal embraces the waterfront nature of the site by introducing a stepped, sawtoothed building that interacts with the water in a way similar to the old brick factories of East London and the palaces of the upper Thames. Reflections from the water could pass through the high-transparency glass walls of the library, connecting visitors with the Southmere Lake even when indoors

© RRA © RRA © RRA © RRA + 9

Mecanoo and Beyer Blinder Belle Unveil $317 Million Masterplan for the New York Public Library's Main Branch

12:00 - 17 November, 2017
Mecanoo and Beyer Blinder Belle Unveil $317 Million Masterplan for the New York Public Library's Main Branch, The master plan for the flagship building of the New York Public Library includes creating a new entrance on 40th Street, near Fifth Avenue. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle
The master plan for the flagship building of the New York Public Library includes creating a new entrance on 40th Street, near Fifth Avenue. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle

The New York Public Library has revealed plans for the transformation of their iconic main branch on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Led by Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle, the $317 million masterplan will increase accessibility to the library as well as increase public space for research, exhibitions and educational programs by 20%.

“For over a century, the Schwarzman Building has been a beacon of open access to information and a tireless preservationist of the world’s knowledge,” said New York Public Library President Tony Marx. “We have a responsibility to preserve its architectural wonder and its role as an important civic space, while also preparing it for the future, and another century of best serving the public. We believe this plan does just that.”

The renovation at the Public Library will include new exhibition spaces, like this one planned for an area currently used as the gift shop. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle The new Lenox and Astor Room will house books and artwork bequeathed to the library by Brooke Astor, a longtime benefactor. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle The new 40th Street entrance will lead to the Center for Research and Learning, where students will be able to work with materials from the library’s collections. Image Courtesy of Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle The connection between the Mid-Manhattan Library, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and Bryant Park is an important aspect of the campus plan. Image © Mecanoo Architecten + 13

Adjaye Associates Reveals Design of Winter Park Library and Events Center in Florida

14:00 - 15 November, 2017
Adjaye Associates Reveals Design of Winter Park Library and Events Center in Florida, Courtesy of Adjaye Associates
Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

Adjaye Associates has revealed the design of the latest building, a new public library and events center located in the city of Winter Park, Florida, as the project has been granted unanimous approval from the city commission.

The $30 million project will replace existing, dated library and civic center structures with a series of three red-hued pavilions described by the architects as a “micro-village.” Each pavilion will house a different program element, but will share a common formal language including structural arches inspired by local fauna and the region’s vernacular architecture, vaulted roof lines, and sweeping windows. These elements will allow natural light to penetrate deep into the buildings and create a sense of a unified local civic center.

Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates Courtesy of Adjaye Associates + 4

OMA's Qatar National Library Opens to the Public

16:10 - 10 November, 2017
OMA's Qatar National Library Opens to the Public, Qatar National Library. <a href='http://https://www.facebook.com/TheQatarNationalLibrary/photos/a.777400588989497.1073741838.436689453060614/1548283765234505/?type=3&theater'>via Facebook</a>
Qatar National Library. via Facebook

The OMA-designed Qatar National Library has opened to the public in the Education City district of Doha, Qatar, giving residents access to a wealth of top-of-the-line facilities, including computer labs, group study spaces, a writing center, innovation stations offering 3D-printing tools and musical instruments, and of course, a massive library containing more than one million books, periodicals and special collections.

Some stunning shots of the library have already begun to circulate across social media streams, showing off the building’s striking form and expansive interiors, including the open rows of stacks, hanging seating lounges, interactive media walls, and central labyrinth, among other features.

Check out some first looks at the building below, and stayed tuned for professional photos next week.

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A First Glimpse into MVRDV's Mind-Boggling Tianjin Binhai Library

16:15 - 31 October, 2017
A First Glimpse into MVRDV's Mind-Boggling Tianjin Binhai Library, © Instagram <a href='http://https://www.instagram.com/p/BavtqI0Fhes/?tagged=%E5%9B%BE%E4%B9%A6%E9%A6%86'>user momokowild</a>
© Instagram user momokowild

MVRDV and the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute’s spectacular Tianjin Binhai Library has opened to the public in Tianjin, China, and is already offering up some spectacular images across the social-mediasphere.

Located within the new Binhai Cultural District, the library provides storage for as many as 1.2 million books on sweeping, terraced bookshelves in the building’s central atrium. At the center of the room, an enormous mirrored sphere houses an auditorium and reflects the miles of bookshelves around it, creating a dazzling atmosphere for reading and studying.

Check out some first looks at the interior from social media below, and be on the lookout for professional photos later this week.

Yuen Long District Library & Indoor Recreational Centre / P&T Architects and Engineers

20:00 - 9 October, 2017
Yuen Long District Library & Indoor Recreational Centre / P&T Architects and Engineers, © P&T Architects and Engineers Ltd
© P&T Architects and Engineers Ltd
  • Architects

  • Location

    Area 3, Yuen Long, Hong Kong
  • Design Director

    Bing Kwan
  • Design Associate

    Edgar E. Cozzio
  • Design Team

    Jenny Lau, Patrick Ng, Kah Wong, Eric Lo, Alvin Shiu, Khachornsak Tuntisook, Gali Wong, Lu Yuan
  • Project Director

    Esther Chow
  • Project Associate

    Sam Shyan Yee
  • Area

    14945.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Hall of Literature & Garden at Taizhou High School / Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT

20:00 - 17 August, 2017
Hall of Literature & Garden at Taizhou High School / Architectural Design & Research Institute of SCUT, © Li Yao
© Li Yao

© Li Yao © Li Yao © Li Yao © Li Yao + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    669 Hai Jun Dong Lu, Taizhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China
  • Project Principals

    Jingtang He, Weihong Guo
  • Design Team

    Yudan Pan, Linxi Liu, Menghao Luo, Zhisheng Guo, Jingshao Liang, Yan Zheng, Zhong Yan, Siyun Chen, Jun Ma, Siyun Chen, Caixia Feng
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Zhongshuge Bookstore / X+Living

22:00 - 16 June, 2017
Zhongshuge Bookstore / X+Living, Lecture Hall. Image © Feng Shao
Lecture Hall. Image © Feng Shao

Lecture Hall. Image © Feng Shao Reading Area. Image © Feng Shao Reading Area. Image © Feng Shao Lecture Hall. Image © Feng Shao + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chengdu, China
  • Design Director

    Xiang Li
  • Design Team

    Huan Liu, Chen Fan
  • Area

    1000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs