Tag Archives: library design

Australia: Green Square Library architects win two more awards

(7 Nov 2019)  From Australia: The innovative underground library and plaza complex, which opened in October last year, caught the judges’ attention for preserving “breathing space” in an area set to explode with population growth. The full story is here.  


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Taitung University library in Taiwan celebrates international architecture award

(18 Jul 2019) The National Taitung University Library and Information Center has been celebrated for winning yet another architectural award, the Central News Agency reported Thursday (July 18). The international real estate federation FIABCI gave its 2019 World Prix d’Excellence Award for Public Infrastructure Amenities to the university for the building on its Zhiben campus last […]


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Explore the evolving concept of ‘library’ and its impact on library design in Rome

(12 Apr 2019)  Join IFLA Satellite Meeting in Rome 21-22 August 2019 when we will explore The evolving concept of ‘library’ and its impact on library design! This topic will form the basis of our exciting and very practical program. We have adopted a multi-pronged approach with a combination of exciting keynote speakers, panel sessions that highlight the […]


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Australia’s best library designs celebrated

(18 Mar 2019)  The Australian Library and Information Association has revealed the winners of its Library Design Awards at the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum in Brisbane. 2019 ALIA Library Design Awards winners: School Library Anglican Church Grammar School Centenary Library – Brand and Slater Architects (now BSPN Architecture) Public Library Shellharbour City Library – Designinc, Lacoste and Stevenson and Turf […]


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2019 ALIA Library Design Awards shortlist announced

(6 February 2019) The shortlist for the 2019 Australian Library and Information Association Library Design Awards recognises some of the best new library design in Australia. The awards are divided into three categories, School Libraries, Public Libraries and Academic Libraries. ‘Libraries represented in the design awards epitomise the best of innovative library design throughout the […]


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Climbing-frame library in Vietnam has a thriving aquaponics system

(20 January 2019) VAC Library by Farming Architects is a large wooden climbing frame that uses solar-powered aquaponics to keep vegetables, koi carp and chickens in Hanoi, Vietnam. Farming Architects designed the library and city farm hybrid as a way for children to learn about self-sustaining ecosystems. Read the full story with amazing photos of the library here.  


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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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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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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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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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