Tag Archives: architecture

Public building or public space? New underground Sydney Library provides both

(20 December 2018) A visionary civic project by Sydney architects Stewart Hollenstein (in association with Stewart Architecture) delivered for the City of Sydney Council is now open in the new city district of Green Square. Consisting of a subterranean main library and a series of jewel-like above-ground sculptural building forms, the project creates a highly […]


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China Resources Land Archive Library, China

(23 October 2018) To the east of Shenzhen in Xiaojingwan, leaning against a mountain and facing the sea, sits the China Resources (CR) Land Archive Library, an exquisite new facility that houses archival storage, exhibition areas and office space, bringing a sense of culture and history to the surrounding coastal communities. Designed by New York-based […]


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You can walk on the roof of this sloping brick library in India

(21 September 2018) From a house whose roof is made from seaweed and driftwood, to a town hall that serves as a physical bridge over a river, there is no shortage of buildings that are designed to blend into their surroundings. This school library in India is continuing the tradition with a sloping shape that […]


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Carlo Ratti and BAF Win Taiwan National Library Competition

(20 September 2018)  Carlo Ratti Associatti and Bio-architecture Formosana (BAF) have won the international competition for the Southern branch of the Taiwan National Library and Repository in Tainan, Taiwan. With the concept of “Library as a Town”, the team created a proposal for a new public building that will accommodate a library, book museum and […]


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The world’s best new library 2018

(12 September 2018)  School 7 public library in the city of Den Helder, Netherlands, wins the 2018 award for Public Library of the Year. This year’s recipient of the award was announced at the annual meeting of IFLA, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The winner was selected by an international panel of experts consisting of […]


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Shenzhen’s unique library

(3 September 2018) A new pagoda-like library in China’s megacity of Shenzhen sweeps visitors above the tree canopy with an elevated walkway. Located in Xiangmi Park, a densely forested area originally used as an agricultural research center, the Xiangmi Park Science Library celebrates its verdant surroundings with a “treetop walk” and an abundance of glazing. […]


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The Australian Library Design Awards and Conference returns in 2019 at the State Library of Queensland

(3 September 2018) The awards, organized by the Australian Library and Information Association in partnership with the Australian Public Library Alliance and the Council of Australian University Librarians, were created in 2017 to showcase contemporary library interiors and exteriors. The awards are split into four categories – school library, public library, academic library and special library. A […]


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Competition: National Central Library Southern Branch, Taiwan

(17 July 2018) Taiwan’s National Central Library has launched an open international contest to design a £62 million southern branch near Tainan. The single-stage competition will select an ‘iconic’ design for a landmark 51,000m2 National Central Library and National Repository Library in Xinying District around 37km north of Tainan City. The ambitious project will transform […]


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Design for Taichung, Taiwan mega-library unveiled

Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima releases design for landmark library-meets-art-museum structure in Taichung (7 May 2018, Taipei (Taiwan News) Globally renowned Japanese architect, Kazuyo Sejima of the SANAA architecture firm, publicly released the design plans for the Taichung library and art gallery on May 7. Bidding for the project will be open this June and July. […]


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LiYuan Library, Beijing : Huairou Building

(7 May 2018) This project is modest addition to the small village of Huairou on the outskirts of Beijing, just under a two hours drive from busy Beijing urban life. It was a category winner for Culture in the WAF Awards 2012. On the one hand it forms a modern programmatic complement to the village […]


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2,000 virtual reality panoramas of world architecture

(13 April 2018) Have you ever wanted a better understanding of how an artwork or architectural detail was originally intended to be viewed? Artstor’s Virtual Reality Panoramas are a wonderful option for viewing works in situ–no travel required. These 360-degree panoramas of world architecture allow you to navigate the interiors of cathedrals, mosques, palazzos, libraries, […]


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Dementia friendly public spaces

(25 March 2018) Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub, Warrington, is believed to be the first fully integrated, dementia friendly wellbeing building and public library in the UK. “Careful attention has been paid to the design to enable it to be dementia friendly with consideration of colour contrasts, high levels of natural and artificial lighting, acoustics, furniture […]


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More than 13,000 images in architecture newly available

(13 March 2018) Artstor has released more than 13,000 new images in Architecture from leading scholars and institutions. This wide-ranging release includes surveys of historic and modern sites, including medieval mosques, restored church architecture in Mexico, Yanaka cemetery in Tokyo, and structures and sculptures along New York City’s High Line. Alka Patel and the University […]


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Opening of the XJTLU Materials Library

(14 December 2017) The XJTLU Materials Library is now open at the Ground Floor of the Design Building, on the South Campus of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. The library is a collaborative project between the departments of Industrial Design and Architecture and is based on an initial concept by Professor Pierre-Alain Croset, Dr Ruggero Canova and […]


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The Book Stop pop-up library project

The Book Stop Project is a design concept offering a huge potential for community libraries to evolve from monolithic buildings to activated public spaces. (14 November 2017) The project is the vision of Philippines-based WTA Architecture + Design Studio and has already won several international awards. WTA says: ‘The Book Stop Project refocuses on the […]


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