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Ten architecture projects from students at the Academy of Art University

June 18, 2021 Dezeen staff 0
Academy of Art University

An aquarium designed to protect marine biodiversity and a healing centre using horticultural techniques to help treat mental illness are included in our latest school show by architecture students at the Academy of Art University. Other projects include a “public living room” that blends neighbourhood life with areas for privacy and a residential hub designed to enable

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Cobe reveals design for Gothenburg University Library with facade curved like book pages

June 2, 2021 Rima Sabina Aouf 0
Gothenburg University library by Cobe

Danish architecture studio Cobe has won the competition for the new University of Gothenburg library, with a design that evokes the pages of a book being opened. The 16,000-square-metre library will be situated in the university area of Näckrosen near the centre of Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city. Cobe’s design for the building has a

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Toshiko Mori revamps Brooklyn’s Central Library

May 31, 2021 Jenna McKnight 0
Brooklyn Central Library Toshiko Mori

Oak, bronze and terrazzo are among the materials found in an art deco-style library that has been revamped by New York-based architect Toshiko Mori. The project marks the first phase in a multi-stage revitalisation of Brooklyn’s Central Library, which is located along Grand Army Plaza in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The facility

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RSAAW adds double-height library during Vancouver home renovation

May 14, 2021 Jane Englefield 0
Berkley House by RSAAW

Canadian studio RSAAW has renovated a mid-century house in Vancouver to include a double-height library, all-white interiors and a treehouse in the garden. The project, called Berkley House, is a two-storey house with a dark facade surrounded by trees in North Vancouver. Local firm RSAAW transformed the family home into a bright and airy space by

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MAD completes amorphous concrete library in China

April 22, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A concrete library lit by a skylight

Chinese architecture studio MAD has completed the Cloudscape of Haikou, a sinuous library and waystation that is cast in seamless white concrete on the coast of the Chinese island of Hainan. The 1,000-square-metre structure, formerly known as Wormhole Library, is the first of sixteen pavilions being constructed in Century Park as part of a wider

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JKMM Architects extends 1980s library to create “public living room” for Kirkkonummi

April 13, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Kirkkonummi library by JKMM Architects

Helsinki-based JKMM Architects has renovated and extended a library named Fyyri in the Finnish town of Kirkkonummi. The studio doubled the size of the previous library and wrapped it entirely in a copper facade to create a counterpoint to the town’s medieval stone church. “The core urban concept was to design a modern counterpart to the neighbouring

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Dominique Coulon & Associés adds curved glass extension to library in a renovated French manor

March 28, 2021 Alyn Griffiths 0
Piero Bottero Media Library

Dominique Coulon & Associés has converted a manor house in the French town of Pélissanne into a library with a glass-fronted extension that looks onto a leafy public park. Located in the heart of the formerly fortified town in Provence, the Piero Bottero Media Library is named for a French fiction writer who spent most of

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Hawkins/Brown and Schmidt Hammer Lassen design university library as “new landmark for Bristol”

March 23, 2021 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Bristol University library by Hawkins/Brown and Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Architecture studios Hawkins/Brown and Schmidt Hammer Lassen have won planning approval for a blocky library building for the University of Bristol. Set to be built on the university’s central Bristol campus, the 14,355-square-metre building will be known as New University Library. The blocky library was designed to step up from the neighbouring residential buildings to

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Kengo Kuma designs curved library dedicated to Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen

March 22, 2021 Lizzie Crook 0
A curved wooden library lined with glazed walls

Kengo Kuma and Associates has collaborated with Mad Arkitekter on the design of a library that will curve around existing trees in a small urban park in Skien, Norway. Named Ibsen Library, the building will become a cultural hub to exhibit the literature of Henrik Ibsen – a 19th-century playwright who was born in the Norwegian

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Mecanoo designs Macau Central Library with light-filtering facade informed by books

March 11, 2021 James Parkes 0
Glass wall sits behind the facade to allow light to filter in

Mecanoo has unveiled its design for Macau’s new central library, which will have a gridded, light-filtering facade that opens up like a book to a public square. The Macau Central Library will be built on the Tap Seac square in the historic centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its gridded facade was informed

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