October 2021

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Tue 27.10.

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects (DK)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 27.10.2015 - Tagged as: ,

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, photo: Adam Mørk

Dokk1 by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, photo: Adam Mørk

Dokk1, the largest public library in the Nordic countries, represents a new generation of modern, hybrid libraries. The project, in Aarhus, Denmark, houses a new library, a citizen service centre, automatic parking for 1,000 cars and new harbour-side public squares.



Library, Game Library & Municipality Administration, Spiez by Bauzeit, photo: Yves André © yves-andre.ch

Library, Game Library & Municipality Administration, Spiez by Bauzeit, photo: Yves André © yves-andre.ch

With a distinctive exterior of cladding in massive wood milled with book names, Bauzeit Architekten’s ‘Buchwert’ (a play on the words “book value”) library project for the city of Spiez in Switzerland consists of a two level wooden building which forms an ensemble with two pre-existing buildings; a school and the main municipal administration building.


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Tue 25.2.

Mediatheque Mont de Marsan by archi5 (FR)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 25.02.2014 - Tagged as: ,

Mediatheque Mont de Marsan by archi5, photo: courtesy Communauté d’agglomération du Marsan

Mediatheque Mont de Marsan by archi5, photo: courtesy Communauté d’agglomération du Marsan

Montreuil, France based architects archi5 have created a modern library, la Mediatheque Mont de Marsan, for the Marsan urban community in southwestern France. A large square with a transparent facade and a planted roof, the Mediatheque features a unique open patio at its centre, “the volumes of which recall Alvar Aalto’s vases” – the first patio used by a Media Library as an open reading room.



The University of Chicago's Mansueto Library by Helmut Jahn; photo courtesy of the architect

In The Time Machine, HG Wells wrote: “there is a tendency to utilize underground space for the less ornamental purposes of civilization.” In that book, Wells imagined a future in which industry had been completely located underground, whilst above ground all was green and leafy. At the end of the 19th century, it was perhaps understandable to imagine a future where this was the case. After all, as Wells put it, referring to the working class areas of London: “Even now, does not an East-end worker live in such artificial conditions as practically to be cut off from the natural surface of the earth?”

(by Tim Abrahams) (more…)

Stadsbiblioteket Stockholm by Gunnar Asplund, 1928

The development of writing in ancient Egypt also gave rise to the first libraries as places of storage for these witnesses to a new, revolutionary cultural technology. However, the library was not just a collection of cultural treasures but also a place where the entire knowledge of the state was concentrated, a central collection of important information. (more…)

Thu 30.6.

Umimirai Library by Coelacanth K&H Architects (JP)

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 30.06.2011 - Tagged as: , ,

Umimirai Library by Kazumi KUDO + Hiroshi HORIBA / Coelacanth K&H Architects; photographer: © Satoshi Asakawa

Taking their cue from the 19th-century Parisian Bibliotheque Nationale designed by the famous rationalist architect Henri Labrouste, Kazumi Kudo and Hiroshi Horiba, the architects and founders of the Tokyo-based Coelacanth K&H Architects have realised this public library located in the capital city of Ishikawa prefecture, Kanazawa. The one-storey building, described by its designers as a ‘cake box’, has been completed earlier this year and its most distinctive feature, the intricately-detailed white concrete façade encompasses around 6000 circular windows that fill the building’s integral part, the 12-metre-long reading room, with a ‘soft, uniform light’. (more…)

Médiathèque d’Anzin by Dominique Coulon Architecte

The Strasbourg based practice Dominique Coulon Architecte recently completed this new multimedia library in Anzin, a small city in the very north of France. The building’s facade is characterised by multifaceted openings, flaps and folds and large veils that reflect the light into the inside.


'ARK booktower' by Rintala Eggertsson Arkitekter

Within the ‘1:1 – Architects Build Small Spaces’ exhibition at the V&A in London the Norwegian practice Rintala Eggertsson Arkitekter realised this wooden structure, a temporary, intimate, little library, in the middle of the stairwell that leads to the museum’s first-floor National Art Library.

Now after having dismantled the ARK booktower Rintala Eggertsson Arkitekter are currently looking for someone who might be interested in it.


For technical support contact Alfred Giolai ‘ARK booktower’ by Rintala Eggertsson Arkitekter (NO) for sale