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Stanton Williams Inserts "Jewel Box" Library into Historic French Hospital

09:00 - 4 July, 2019
Stanton Williams Inserts "Jewel Box" Library into Historic French Hospital, © Stanton Williams
© Stanton Williams

Stanton Williams has been appointed to design the Clermont-Ferrand Metropolitan Area Library in France, seeing off competition from OMA, Snohetta, Wilmotte & Associes, and Christian de Portzamparc. Designed in collaboration with local practice Marcillon Thuillier Architectes, the new library will act as a social and creative hub in the heart of Clermont-Ferrand, with its 11,500 square meter area making it the largest in central France.

© Stanton Williams © Stanton Williams © Stanton Williams © Stanton Williams + 11

Kaeng Krachan Library / Junsekino Architect and Design

00:00 - 21 June, 2019
Kaeng Krachan Library / Junsekino Architect and Design, © Spaceshift Studio
© Spaceshift Studio

© Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio © Spaceshift Studio + 29

Beyond Refugee Housing: 5 Examples of Social Infrastructure for Displaced People

07:30 - 20 June, 2019
Beyond Refugee Housing: 5 Examples of Social Infrastructure for Displaced People, Playgrounds for Refugee Children in Bar Elias, Lebanon. Image © CatalyticAction
Playgrounds for Refugee Children in Bar Elias, Lebanon. Image © CatalyticAction

© Y. Meiri © CatalyticAction © Filippo Bolognese © Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha + 6

Throughout human history, the movement of populations–in search of food, shelter, or better economic opportunities–has been the norm rather than the exception. Today, however, the world is witnessing unprecedented levels of displacement. The United Nations reports that 68.5 million people are currently displaced from their homes; this includes nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of eighteen. With conflicts raging on in countries like Syria and Myanmar, and climate change set to lead to increased sea levels and crop failures, the crisis is increasingly being recognised as one of the foundational challenges of the twenty-first century.

While emergency housing has dominated the discourse surrounding displacement in the architecture industry, it is critical for architects and planners to study and respond to the socio-cultural ramifications of population movements. How do we build cities that are adaptive to the holistic needs of fluid populations? How do we ensure that our communities absorb refugees and migrants into their local social fabric?

This World Refugee Day, let’s take a look at 5 shining examples of social infrastructure from around the world–schools, hospitals, and community spaces–that are specifically directed at serving displaced populations.

3GATTI Proposes 'Green Spaceship' for Madrid Library

08:00 - 13 April, 2019
3GATTI Proposes 'Green Spaceship' for Madrid Library, © 3GATTI
© 3GATTI

A Green Spaceship appears to have landed in Villaverde, Madrid, in design firm 3GATTI’s proposal for the new municipal library. The design for the landmark building employs the public’s curiosity to draw visitors in and create an iconic presence in the city. The library is split between two floors, both architecturally and conceptually. The ground level is transparent and open, meant to house the noisy, public aspects of the program; the upper floor is the architectural showpiece, floating above the ground and containing the more private, quiet study spaces.

© 3GATTI © 3GATTI © 3GATTI © 3GATTI + 14

The Royal Library / SHL

03:00 - 19 March, 2019
The Royal Library / SHL, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk + 27

ALA Wins Competition to Design New University Library in Lyon

05:00 - 12 March, 2019
ALA Wins Competition to Design New University Library in Lyon, Learning Center of Université Lumière Lyon II. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects
Learning Center of Université Lumière Lyon II. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects

Finnish practice ALA Architects has won the competition to design the new Learning Center of Université Lumière Lyon II in France. The project will be the second major library building by the office behind the recently opened Helsinki Central Library Oodi, and it will be ALA's first French commission. The building will replace the existing library and showcase sustainable construction alongside new teaching and study methods.

Learning Center of Université Lumière Lyon II. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects Learning Center of Université Lumière Lyon II. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects Learning Center of Université Lumière Lyon II. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects Learning Center of Université Lumière Lyon II. Image Courtesy of ALA Architects + 5

Lilavati Lalbhai Library / RMA Architects

03:00 - 21 February, 2019
© Tina Nandi
© Tina Nandi

© Tina Nandi © Tina Nandi © Rajesh Vora © Tina Nandi + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Rahul Mehrotra, Payal Patel, Robert Stephens
  • Area

    31000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Loft Library / Arboreal Architecture

19:00 - 14 February, 2019
Loft Library / Arboreal Architecture, © Agnese Sanvito
© Agnese Sanvito

© Agnese Sanvito © Agnese Sanvito © Agnese Sanvito © Agnese Sanvito + 18

Open Call: Future Library

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Open Call: Future Library, Courtesy of YAC
Courtesy of YAC

Future Library

CODE - Competitions for Designers and the Università degli Studi di Genova launched “Future Library,” a competition seeking a new design for a learning space at the University of Genoa. Designers will have the opportunity to interpret and shape the future of places dedicated to learning and knowledge. A cash prize of € 15,000 will be awarded to winners selected by a well-renowned jury made of Giancarlo Mazzanti (El Equipo Mazzanti), Aser Giménez Ortega (MVRDV), Fedele Canosa (Mecanoo Architecten), Emanuele Magi (Università degli Studi di Genova).

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
  • Category

  • 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

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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