Articles on Library

Media library by Dominique Coulon & Associés. Photos Eugenie Pons
 

Mark A-to-Z : L is for Library

We all deserve a little bit of down time in the sun, so why not pick up a good book to read on the holidays in one of these five library projects?

Chengdu Zhongshuge by X+Living. Photos Shao Feng
 

X+Living's fanciful bookstore is a wonderland for all ages

CHENGDU – Part bookstore, part library; the magical world of literature has been brought to life in a unique setting in a shopping mall in central China.

Media Library by Jean-Pierre Lott. Photos Aldo Amoretti
 

Jean-Pierre Lott nurtures a diverse clientele with a contemporary library

VITROLLES – The prospect of visiting a city library can conjure up a variety of emotions for different users. La Passerelle aims to create a welcoming architectural symbol.

Media Library [Third-Place] by Dominique Coulon et Associés. Photos Eugeni Pons
 

A collection of bubbles gives Dominique Coulon & Associés free movement

THIONVILLE – With a fluid façade wrapping around the building like an unfurling ribbon, Media Library [Third-Place] has recently opened in the north east of France.

Bookshelves densify the space while remaining porous for social interaction. Photo Zhang Zheming
 

Cao Pu Studio insets a scaled-down city into a vertical version of suburbia

CHANGSHA – Cao Pu Studio, an architecture firm from Beijing, has transformed an apartment unit into a bookstore and library.

The site’s naturally-occurring dolomitic limestone clads the exterior.
 

RDH nestles a library into a hillside

WATERDOWN – A library and civic centre incorporates its regional topography, defined largely by the Niagara Escarpment.

Anodised aluminium sunshades mounted on a chassis envelope the building’s cross-braced concrete beam structure.
 

Périphériques wraps a library façade with undulating lines

ST PAUL – A media library articulates the beginning of an urban renewal for a commune on the island of La Reunion's west coast.

The grey quartzite stone envelops both the walls and the roof of the library.
 

A 100-year-old walnut tree inspires the form of a library by Pascale Guédot

BOURG-LA-REINE – The building is strategically situated amongst other public facilities. While the library blends in subtlety with the urban fabric, its design is intentionally …

Dance studios and library are located toward the east side of the building overlooking the valley, while lecture and administrative spaces are niched behind.
 

The cultural centre by Ateliers O-S takes off from its base

PARIS – For just over a decade, the Parisian practice has been playing with massive, cantilevered boxes, yet it would seem at least a few latent thoughts have finally found their …

Väven occupies a waterfront block and another lying just to the north, creating a link between the existing street grid and the redeveloped river walk.
 

Väven by Snøhetta and White Arkitekter

UMEÅ – The designers named the complex Väven after the Swedish word meaning 'weave'; a fitting metaphor for the confluence of so many distinct programs under one roof.

The renovation’s focal point is a dramatic spiral staircase that now ascends into the library’s atrium.
 

Strasbourg National University Library by ANMA

STRASBOURG – The BNU in Strasbourg reopens this month after a massive rehabilitation lead by ANMA, who were inspired by the building’s monumental roots.

The building’s angular shapes refers to the industry and docks alongside the river.
 

Médiathèque Choisy-le-Roi by Brenac + Gonzalez

PARIS – The new library in Choisy-le-Roi connects the municipal life to the Seine and its visitors with one another.