Tag Archives: architecture

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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MVRDV completes Tianjin Binhai Public Library

(2 November 2017) MVRDV in collaboration with local architects TUPDI has completed the Tianjin Binhai Library, a 33,700m2 cultural centre featuring a luminous spherical auditorium around which floor-to-ceiling bookcases cascade. The undulating bookshelf is the building’s main spatial device, and is used both to frame the space and to create stairs, seating, the layered ceiling […]


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Congratulations to five library design award winners in Australia

(19 June 2017, Melbourne) The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has today announced the five winners of its inaugural Library Design Awards 2017 at its conference in Melbourne. Thirty-three stunning libraries were entered in the awards and there is a winner in each category: public, school, academic and special libraries all feature in the […]


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Check out this incredible giant library that just opened in Seoul

(12 June 2017) The largest underground shopping center in Asia, COEX Mall, can now boast a library filled with over 50,000 titles to its name. Occupying a whopping 2800 square-meters in size, the brightly lit two-storey athenaeum has rightly been named Starfield Library after long being referred to as the Open Library. Operated by a […]


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Groundbreaking at Tainan Public Library

(2 June 2017, Delft)  A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Tainan Public Library in Taiwan was held on Friday, May 26, 2017. The library, designed by Mecanoo architecten in partnership with Kaohsiung-based MAYU architects+, will be built by Fu Tsu Construction and is due in 2019. The illustrated announcement is here.


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Winning designs for Shanghai’s city library

(5 December 2016) Architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen have released images for the winning design in a design competition for the futuristic Shanghai Library. The slatted appearance and angled windows overlooking parkland create a spacious interior and ‘a sanctuary for knowledge and media in the trees’. The library will join the Science and Technology Museum and […]


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Woman’s inspiration library completed by Masayoshi Nakanishi in Japan

(15 October 2016) Architect Masayoshi Nakanishi has created a library with curving seating areas, which is aimed exclusively at women in Japan. The MASA Architects founder was tasked with creating a space that would inspire local women in Fukui – a city where, more so than anywhere else in Japan, most married women have full-time jobs. The client, Fukui Bank, wanted to […]


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The future of library services in three visualisations

(9 September 2016) Princeton based KSS Architects has published its thoughts on three basic principles of academic library design for the future library. ‘Through technology-rich amenities… and a mixed-use approach to learning that incorporates everything from entrepreneurship and makerspaces to flipped classrooms and nap pods, library services of the future will meet people where they […]


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nArchitects wins Shanghai competition with home-inspired library

(28 July 2016) nARCHITECTS has won the 1st prize in the 2016 International Young Architects Design Competition for the 110,000m2 Shanghai Library East Hall. The competition, held by the Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Government, attracted over 200 entries. nARCHITECTS’ winning entry, entitled “Library as Home”, envisions a library as a large house for all, with a rich […]


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The very best of IFLA Green Library Award 2016

(5 July 2016) The IFLA Green Library Award was established in 2016 by Environmental Sustainability for Libraries (ENSULIB), a special interest group of IFLA. The award, generously sponsored by De Gruyter publishing, communicates libraries’ commitment to environmental sustainability. Moreover, the objective is  to create awareness of libraries’ social responsibility and leadership in environmental education. In […]


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Library in Indonesia built from 2,000 ice cream buckets

(8 July 2016) SHAU, an architectural business in Europe with an office in Bandung, Indonesia, has designed the microlibrary at Taman Bima, Bandung.  It is a small reading facility for community use whose planning engaged participation from the community. The library is elevated at the second floor. The facade material is made by upcycling 2,000 […]


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Four nominated for the award as the world’s best public library

(29 June 2016) The field has been narrowed to four libraries competing to win the ‘Systematic – Public Library of the Year 2016’ prize, which is awarded to the world’s best new public library. The libraries, from Australia, the US, and Denmark, respectively, have been nominated for the prize as the world’s best new public […]


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MVRDV articulates library in Tianjin around a mirrored auditorium

(16 June 2016) A library designed by Dutch firm MVRDV is nearing completion in the Chinese city of Tianjin. The 34,200 square meter building forms part of the new Binhai Cultural Centre, a masterplan designed by German architects GMP. The structure joins four other buildings on the site via a series of ‘cultural corridors’. The […]


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Weston Library named Architects’ Journal’s 2016 Building of the Year

(9 June 2016) The four-year project to transform the library was one of 100 building projects from around the world to be considered for this highly-prized title. The announcement was made at a special ceremony in London last night where the library, which is part of the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, was in the […]


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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects win Wenzhou-Kean University Library competition

(27 May 2016) Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has been awarded first prize in an international competition to design the 25,000m² Student Centre & Library for the Wenzhou-Kean University in Wenzhou, China. Set on 500 acres in a rural mountainous region, the university will provide learning and living space for 8.500 students. The new building is […]


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