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MAD’s undulating concrete library “doesn’t say too much” says Ma Yansong

November 17, 2022 Calum Lindsay 0

In the first instalment of Dezeen’s Concrete Icons series produced in collaboration with Holcim, MAD Architects founder Ma Yansong explains how his studio’s sinuous concrete library in Haikou, China, encourages visitors to use their imagination. Yansong is the first participant in Concrete Icons, a video series profiling the most iconic contemporary concrete buildings by the

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Studio Weave adds wood-lined community space to east London library

November 5, 2022 Jon Astbury 0

Architecture practice Studio Weave has added a wood-lined community centre to Lea Bridge Library in east London, with a red-concrete colonnade that references the original grade II-listed redbrick building. Built in 1905 in the Edwardian style, Lea Bridge Library in Waltham Forest backs onto a large green space called Friendship Gardens, which the new community

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Crawshaw Architects transforms cow shed into Stanbridge Mill Library

October 18, 2022 Jon Astbury 0

London studio Crawshaw Architects has transformed a former cow shed in Dorset into a library and office, organised around a wooden, barrel-vaulted arcade that references the client’s collection of books on classical Palladian architecture. The Stanbridge Mill Library, which has been shortlisted in the civic and cultural interiors category of Dezeen Awards 2022, occupies one

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The New Library at Magdalene College by Niall McLaughlin Architects wins 2022 Stirling Prize

October 13, 2022 Lizzie Crook 0

A brick and timber library that Niall McLaughlin Architects created for the University of Cambridge has been revealed as the winner of the 2022 RIBA Stirling Prize. Hailed by the jury as “solid and confident”, The New Library at Magdalene College is the 26th recipient of the prestigious award, which is the most significant in UK

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Atelier Tao+C creates serene timber and travertine reading room

October 12, 2022 Ali Morris 0

Two vacant ground-floor rooms and an adjoining greenhouse were knocked together and lined with bookshelves to form this private library, designed by Atelier Tao+C for a venture capital firm in Shanghai. Set in a converted 1980s house, which is home to the offices of VC fund Whales Capital, the reading room can accommodate up to

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Gables and chimneys inform Magdalene College library by Niall McLaughlin Architects

October 3, 2022 Jon Astbury 0

Niall McLaughlin Architects referenced the brick and timber architecture of the University of Cambridge’s historic Magdalene College in the design of its Stirling Prize-shortlisted New Library. London-based Niall McLaughlin Architects won the project via an invited competition in 2014 to provide new facilities alongside the college’s Grade I listed Pepys Library. With the brief calling

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Condition_Lab intertwines spiral staircases at children’s library in China

September 18, 2022 Amy Peacock 0
Pingtan Book House exterior with transparent and solid windows lit up at night

Architecture research studio Condition_Lab has completed the Pingtan Book House in China’s Hunan province, which features a double-helix staircase designed to provide space for children to read and play. Located in a village of Pingtan, the 80-square-metre library sits on the perimeter of a primary school courtyard that serves as a playground for over 400

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MAYU Architects updates library in Taiwan with glass-walled foyer and white cladding

September 8, 2022 Jon Astbury 0

Local studio MAYU Architects has extended and renovated a cultural centre in Pingtung City, Taiwan, adding a spacious entrance pavilion that is designed to bring a feeling of transparency to the formerly “hermetic” 1983 building. Completed in 2020, the Pingtung Public Library provides reading rooms, classrooms and maker spaces alongside offices, an auditorium and a

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3andwich Design tops clifftop library in China with circular pool

August 24, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Water Drop Library in Shuangyue Bay by 3andwich Design

Chinese studio 3andwich Design has unveiled the circular Water Drop Library in Shuangyue Bay, China, which is topped with a pool overlooking the sea. Set on the hillside above Shuangyue Bay near Huizhou City in China’s Guangdong Province, the library consists of two geometric forms – a circular library and a long white wall. “The library strives

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Mariam Kamara and Sumayya Vally to design presidential library in Liberia

April 20, 2022 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Mariam Kamara and Sumayya Vally

Nigerien architect Mariam Kamara and South African architect Sumayya Vally are collaborating to design a presidential library for Liberia’s former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Monrovia. Named the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development (EJS Center), the library is set to be built in Liberia’s capital city, Monrovia, alongside the country’s presidential residence. Designed

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