Archinect - News 2015-08-05T08:36:16-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/127735214/construction-of-steven-holl-designed-queens-library-is-underway Construction of Steven Holl-designed Queens Library is underway Justine Testado 2015-05-22T16:20:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T11:01:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hv/hvx3xqhvwsngj4x6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction of the forthcoming Queens Library has begun at Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue in Hunters Point of NYC's Long Island City. Steven Holl Architects won the commission <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/steven_holl_architects_chosen_to_design_the_new_queens_library/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">back in 2010</a> to design the new $30.6 million public library. Surrounded by recently built skyscraper condominiums and nearby attractions like the Gantry waterfront and Louis Kahn's Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, the Queens Library is set up to become the latest landmark for the changing neighborhood.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4ewbt6c0umi4on3x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8s/8sh7bukx5464qfho.jpg"></p><p>The library's new design was developed in effort to provide more communal space for local residents and create new connections to surrounding areas in the neighborhood. The library is encased within an exposed concrete square volume coated in aluminum for a "subtle sparkle". Users would move up and along a series of bookshelf-flanked stairs and will encounter the separate children's, teen, and adult areas of the building's fluid program. Glazed cuts in the facade also further open up the building and give views o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124677931/aia-ala-library-building-award-winners-bolster-the-value-in-caring-for-community-libraries AIA/ALA Library Building Award winners bolster the value in caring for community libraries Justine Testado 2015-04-06T19:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T20:44:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k8/k8n5yt7g5us43uze.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The arched ceilings, stained glass windows, and other embellished details of some of the world's oldest university libraries or contemporary hotspots like, say, OMA's glass-clad Seattle Public Library get enough attention when it comes to the "best" library designs. While those libraries are impressive in their own regard, smaller and local community libraries are equally valuable. They can be that much-needed catalyst to revive a neighborhood or that comfortable quiet haven to get work done or temporarily escape from it all (including napping). Even as library archives become increasingly digital, libraries are evolving facilities that shouldn't be taken for granted.</p><p>In this spirit, the AIA and the American Library Association (ALA) like to recognize and promote local libraries that are considered to be exemplary models of stellar library design in their Library Building Awards program. The awards jury (listed at the bottom) selected six projects for 2015:</p><p><a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2015/library-awards/cedar-rapids-public-library/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cedar Rapids Public Library...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123814576/wilkinson-eyre-renovated-weston-library-at-oxford-now-reopened Wilkinson Eyre-renovated Weston Library at Oxford now reopened Justine Testado 2015-03-26T13:58:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T08:49:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v8/v85aehd21lhlkwmi.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beginning as the New Bodleian Library, the <a href="http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/weston" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Weston Library</a> at Oxford University was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and constructed in the 1930s. Although construction finished in 1940, wartime purposes delayed the building's official opening in 1946. For the most part, the building remained unaltered other than the addition of the Indian Institute as a south-facing roof extension in 1966-69 by architect Robert Potter and other minor changes in 2010. Then in 2011, London-based <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/11712/wilkinson-eyre-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilkinson Eyre Architects</a> began renovating the Grade II building, which reopened to the public this past weekend.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1k/1kpjgrtftjgo722q.jpg"></p><p>The &pound;80 million redesign is part of the Bodleian's efforts to better preserve -- and promote -- their vast special collection of books, manuscripts, and other historical objects. In their redesign, Wilkinson Eyre vied to revamp the building's infrastructure while respecting its heritage. As if the collections weren't already enough to gaze in awe at, Wilkinson Eyre also added new reading rooms, r...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120664296/2014-chicago-prize-winners-envision-the-obama-presidential-library 2014 Chicago Prize winners envision the Obama Presidential Library Justine Testado 2015-02-13T18:06:00-05:00 >2015-02-22T20:21:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y3/y3n4644n55g9wndt.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although an American president has <a href="http://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/laws/1955-act.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the right</a> to having a dedicated Presidential Library, it's no surprise that the museum-library-shrine typology can spark debate and <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/19/opinion/obama-and-his-library-go-small.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">criticism </a>regarding its true civic purpose. As <a href="http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-obama-presidential-library-sites-20140915-story.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">plans</a> for the Barack Obama Presidential Library appear to slowly take shape, the Chicago Architectural Club organized the 2014 Chicago Prize ideas competition that invited architects to send their own speculative designs of the Obama Presidential Library. The latest competition aimed to initiate further discussion on how the presidential library typology can be reimagined.</p><p>At the end of the competition, the jury (listed at the bottom) selected two winners and three honorable mentions:</p><p>&darr; <strong>WINNER: Zhu Wenyi, Fu Junsheng, and Liang Yiang</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5yrpndsq67j76tv.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/09acx883zv7dro2g.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wl/wl78uedtf3m68ha7.jpg"></p><p>&darr; <strong>WINNER: Aras Burak Sen</strong><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1r/1r2anjpke18pni6l.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/74/747jt0htdhg78lis.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c1/c1j446kj81g3yiae.jpg"></p><p><strong>HONORABLE MENTIONS:</strong></p><p>&darr; <strong>Design Team: D&aacute;niel Palotai</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qc/qc827jspmjtjl09w.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oa/oas01nrvuqefe6iz.jpg"></p><p>&darr; <strong>Design Team: Drew Cowdrey and Trey Kirk</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nt/ntie2051fbkuacrb.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k9/k9e6wnyj4va2ccjs.jpg"></p><p>&darr; <strong>Design Team: Ann Lui and Craig Reschke</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pz/pztpdggks144cigg.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r4/r4uormbh79053a3d.jpg"></p><p>To find out more, click <a href="http://chicagoarchitecturalclub.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>2014 Chicago Prize Jury:<br>Andy Metter (Epstein); Brian Lee (SOM); ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112893576/restoration-of-alvar-aalto-s-viipuri-library-wins-2014-world-monuments-fund-knoll-modernism-prize Restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library wins 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize Justine Testado 2014-11-04T17:51:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:07:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vt/vtxz82zi1sllo764.jpg" width="514" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of the Viipuri Library with the Central City Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg recently won the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize for restoring Alvar Aalto's historic Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia. Established in 2008, the prize is awarded biennially for an innovative architectural or design solution that has preserved or enhanced a modern landmark or group of landmarks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The biennial Knoll Prize will be presented at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City on December 1, followed by a free public lecture from the winners. The prize includes a cash award of $10,000 and a limited edition Mies van der Rohe-designed Barcelona Chair from Knoll.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sj/sj98k95sf36axmgl.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1eah9hpehk5h9eoe.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m5/m5y81crugnpkk34y.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c68rt66c2qy2l3fx.jpg"></p><p>The Viipuri Library, c. 1935 &darr;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bh/bhruiphwrt3zibc6.jpg"></p><p>Find more photos and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/restoration_of_alvar_aaltos_viipuri_library_wins_2014_world_monuments_fund_/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112415885/how-andrew-carnegie-built-the-architecture-of-american-literacy How Andrew Carnegie Built the Architecture of American Literacy Archinect 2014-10-29T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T18:56:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9fee2ff54a096071528bf7cccfc49e56.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Between 1893 and 1919&mdash; 3-decade run referred to as the Golden Age of the American public library system&mdash;Carnegie paid to build 1,689 libraries in the U.S. These seeded the DNA for nearly every American library built before the end of World War II. That may explain in part why there is no central accounting for Carnegie's libraries, which were built without any oversight from a formal program or foundation: Even libraries that aren't historical Carnegie libraries share their aesthetic philosophy.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104184278/five-teams-selected-to-participate-in-the-re-envisioning-branch-libraries-design-study-in-new-york Five teams selected to participate in the Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study in New York Justine Testado 2014-07-14T18:23:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:13:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5z/5z6ugqy9w8ey8b01.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Although anyone with Internet access can do a quick search online, nothing replaces a brick-and-mortar public library for quality resources and info &mdash; yet these centers are consistently overlooked by city policymakers. After setting up an RFQ for the Re-Envisioning Branch Libraries Design Study in New York, the Architectural League and the Center for an Urban Future selected five interdisciplinary teams out of 45 submissions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>They are:</p><ul><li>Andrew Berman Architect | Library Development Solutions&#8232; | Neil Donnelly | AEA Consulting | Auerbach Pollock Friedlander</li><li>Marble&nbsp;Fairbanks with James Lima Planning + Development and Special Project Office</li><li>MASS Design Group&nbsp;</li><li>SITU Studio</li><li>UNION</li></ul><p>To find out more, head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/five_teams_selected_to_participate_in_the_re-envisioning_branch_libraries_d/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73309423/what-is-the-future-of-the-library What is the future of the library? Archinect 2013-05-16T18:36:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T19:07:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d63d3db70b59300b91fad4c7f8c07506.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the first time since Henri Labrouste (1801-1875), currently the subject of an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, formulated the conception of the new, democratic library, the central library is fighting for survival. The relevance of these gloriously inflated book boxes is being questioned in an age that looks to the Internet for its intellectual resources.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/70238960/shedding-its-fusty-architectural-past-philly-welcomes-nordic-starchitect-sn-hetta Shedding its Fusty Architectural Past, Philly Welcomes Nordic Starchitect Snøhetta nextcity 2013-03-28T19:40:00-04:00 >2013-07-12T12:31:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eq/eqyaixc7444goudu.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The latest evidence of Philadelphia&rsquo;s architectural comeback? The Norwegian architecture firm Sn&oslash;hetta is coming to town for a project at Temple University. &ldquo;We have a fantastic tradition of quality architeture and urbanism in Philadelphia, but we do go through low ebbs in that tradition,&rdquo; says Harris Steinberg, the executive director of PennPraxis, the clinical arm of the University of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s School of Design.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Norwegian architecture firm <a href="http://www.snohetta.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta</a> has designed some of the most notable buildings and public spaces in the world over the last 15 years. The new <a href="http://www.arcspace.com/features/snoehetta/oslo-opera-house/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oslo Opera House</a>. Egypt&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.panoramio.com/photo/85018759" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bibliotheca Alexandrina</a>. A reconfigured <a href="http://nymag.com/arts/architecture/features/times-square-2012-4/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Times Square</a> in New York, and a massive expansion of the <a href="http://archrecord.construction.com/news/2011/11/SFMOMA-Expansion.asp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco Museum of Modern Art</a>.</p> <p> Next up? Temple University&rsquo;s library, on a still-gritty stretch of Broad Street between Montgomery and Norris in North Philadelphia. Sn&oslash;hetta director and co-founder Craig Dykers is delivering a <a href="http://templeperformingartscenter.org/events/2013/2013-temple-university-architecture-alumni-lecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lecture</a> on campus next week, sharing some of his firm&rsquo;s work with Temple students and a general audience of designers, architects and urbanists.</p> <p> Dykers might shed some light on Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s early stage thinking for the library project, but design work has not yet begun, so don&rsquo;t expect any renderings.</p> <p> Even so, Dykers is likely to address a full house. The Oslo-based firm, which was featured in a glowing 5,400-word <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/01/21/130121fa_fact_owen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>New Yorker</em> profile</a> in January, is very much in vogue. Plenty of its...</p>