Libraries

The Hive, Worcester, United Kingdom, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

The Hive

Text description provided by the architects. The Hive was conceived as a truly accessible building (that would not preclude any potential visitor or staff member using all the facilities) within a built form that would be innovative in operation with low carbon impact. It is a testament to the strength of […]

New Halifax Central Library, Halifax, Canada, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

New Halifax Central Library

The new Halifax Central Library has an open, welcoming design which reflects the city’s diverse population and heritage. The building is a catalyst for the regeneration of the downtown area and the product of an extensive co-creation process involving monthly public consultations and workshops with various focus groups. The exterior […]

Bibliothèque Georges Perec, Marne-la-Vallée, France, Aldric Beckmann Architectes

Bibliothèque Georges Perec

Text description provided by the architects. Future heart and social area of the Marne-la-Vallée university campus, the new central library has the significant advantage of being located on an outstanding site: the Ferme de la Haute Maison. Dating from the 17th century, this “historic” site endows the building with a […]

Liyuan Library, Vogau, Austria, Li Xiaodong Atelier

Liyuan Library

Text description provided by the architects. This project is modest addition to the small village of Huairou on the outskirts of Beijing, just under a two hour’s drive from busy Beijing urban life. On the one hand it forms a modern programmatic complement to the village by adding a small […]

Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Dokk1

Text description provided by the architects. Completed in June 2015, Dokk1 opened as the largest public library in Scandinavia housing a citizen service centre, office space, automated parking for 1,000 cars and new harbour-side public squares. Situated at the mouth of the Aarhus River in one of the most prominent […]

National Library of China, Beijing, China, KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten

National Library of China

The award among contestants taking part in the bidding competition in 2003 was given to KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten. The task to be fulfilled was to expand the existing library by adding a second tract to the building with a total space of 77,000sqm that was to house 12 million […]

UNAM Library, Mexico, Mexico City, Juan O'Gorman

UNAM Library

Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) encloses the Olympic Stadium, about 40 faculties and institutes, the Cultural Center, an ecological reserve, the Central Library, and a few museums. Mario Pani and Enrique del Moral […]

Winnipeg Library Addition, Winnipeg, Canada, Patkau Architects, LM Architectural Group

Winnipeg Library Addition

Winnipeg Centennial Library was originally constructed in 1976 as a three-story building occupying a city block and an adjacent public park. The existing library, constructed of reinforced concrete exposed to the interior and pre-cast panel exterior, felt very disconnected from its surroundings including […]

Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, Washington, United States, Davis Brody Bond

Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library

The new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library is part of DC Public Library’s Building Program and came from a series of new libraries in Washington that are designed to be flexible and open in order to meet the needs of the community now and in the future. This $12 million facility […]

Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France, Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Institut du Monde Arabe

Institut du Monde Arabe was established in 1980 in Paris, when an agreement with France was concluded from 18 countries 18 Arab countries concluded an agreement with France to establish the Institute with information about the Arab world and to start research to cover Arabic and the Arab world’s cultural […]

Yitzak Rabin Center, Tel Aviv, Israel, Safdie Architects

Yitzak Rabin Centre

The Yitzhak Rabin Center was commissioned as a memorial to the slain Israeli leader. The centre includes a museum focusing on Rabin’s life and times, an auditorium, a research institute devoted to the study of the history of his era, a library and archive, and a multipurpose great hall. The […]