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Woods Bagot tops school library with “tree-like” timber ceiling

February 27, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
St Mary's Calne School library

Woods Bagot has completed a library building at a girls’ boarding school in Wiltshire, England, that features a faceted wooden ceiling designed to evoke spreading tree branches. Woods Bagot’s London studio designed the library for a plot at the heart of the St Mary’s Calne School campus, where it looks out onto an orchard and

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Mecanoo cloaks palatial Tainan Public Library with decorative aluminium cladding

February 25, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
An aluminium-clad public library in Taiwan

Patterned aluminium panels wrap the stepped exterior of the Tainan Public Library, which Dutch studio Mecanoo and local office MAYU Architects have completed in southern Taiwan. The 37,000-square-metre library, located in the city of Tainan, houses over a million books, alongside collections of music, films and modern art. Its palatial, staggered form was designed by Mecanoo

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Wormhole Library by MAD nears completion in China

February 9, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
White interior of Wormhole Library

Chinese architecture studio MAD has released construction photos of its sinuous Wormhole Library after the building topped out on Haikou Bay in Hainan. The photography reveals the coastal library’s white-concrete form for the first time, as well as the undulating CNC cut and 3D-printed formwork that was used to create it. It is slated to

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Open Architecture combines library and theatre in “blue whale” Bibliotheater

January 29, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Pinghe Bibliotheater at the Shanghai Qingpu Pinghe International School China

Chinese studio Open Architecture has designed a theatre and library at the Shanghai Qingpu Pinghe International School China within a blue-coloured building that resembles a whale. Named the Pinghe Bibliotheater, the building was designed by Open Architecture to combine two theatres with a library in one structure that would be a visual marker for the international school

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Rammed-earth domes will define Adjaye Associates’ Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library

November 25, 2020 Lizzie Crook 0
The exterior of Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library proposal by Adjaye Associates

Eight domed structures built from rammed earth will distinguish the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library that architecture studio Adjaye Associates is developing in Johannesburg, South Africa. Set to be built in the suburb of Riviera, the library will pay homage to the country’s second post-apartheid president, Thabo Mbeki, and celebrate ancient and contemporary African history. Among

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MAD reveals Wormhole Library overlooking the South China Sea

August 11, 2020 Tom Ravenscroft 0

Chinese architecture studio MAD has designed a library in the city of Haikou, China that is intended “to be a wormhole that transcends time and space”. Named the Wormhole Library, the structure is currently under construction within Century Park overlooking the South China Sea in the city of Haikou, which is on the Chinese island of Hainan. Being built

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Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem unveil Oslo’s “huge but intimate” central library

July 2, 2020 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Deichman Bjørvika central library in Olso, Norway by Atelier Oslo and Lund Hagem

Oslo’s long-awaited Deichman Bjørvika central library, which stands alongside the Snøhetta-designed opera house on the city’s waterfront, has opened to the public in Norway. Designed by Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem, the five-storey building contains space for 450,000 books wrapped around a large, top-lit atrium that connects the floors and breaks them into smaller spaces. “Our aim was to make

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Snøhetta, Studio Gang and Henning Larsen compete to design Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library

May 20, 2020 Eleanor Gibson 0

Architecture firms Snøhetta, Studio Gang and Henning Larsen have been shortlisted to design a presidential library for Theodore Roosevelt in Medora, North Dakota. The three firms were selected from 12 practices that applied to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) that the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation made public in April to find a suitable architect for

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Grassy hill forms skylight over RDHA’s Springdale Public Library near Toronto

April 29, 2020 Kristine Klein 0
Springdale Library by RDH Architects

A hill-like green roof with a skylight helps to blend this public library by Toronto architecture firm RDHA into its grassy surrounds. Springdale Public Library and the surrounding Komagata Maru Park are located in Brampton, Canada, a suburb outside of Toronto. The library comprises three volumes around a central patio, featuring aluminium and glazed walls

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Microlibrary Warak Kayu features a hammock-style floor and a swing

April 13, 2020 Amy Frearson 0
Microlibrary Warak Kayu by Shau

Architecture firm Shau has built a library in Semarang, Indonesia, featuring a grand staircase, a net floor and a large communal swing. Microlibrary Warak Kayu is a public reading room for the Central Java city, but also functions as a mini community centre. Not only does it offer a variety of spaces for reading and study,

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