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Vannesla library by Helen & Ward architects

Vannesla library by Helen & Ward architects | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The architects of studio Helen & Ward (founded by Siv Helen Stangeland and Reinhard Kropf) have designed a library in Vennesla, Norway, according to principles of relational design.

 

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architects of Helen & Ward, who designed a multifunctional library in Vennesla, whose interiors resemble the belly of an enormous wooden whale.

The new library incorporates a cafè, meeting places, an administrative area and connects a learning center to a pre-existing community house according to principles of relational design.

A large glass façade, an external loggia which dialogues with the urban environment and an internal passage make the center a place that is open to the public, easily accessible and hospitable.

The project is supported by a veritable skeleton composed of 27 "ribs", hybrid elements that fuse structure, infrastructure, furniture and interiors in a single architectural element.

Each "rib" is an acoustic-absorbent multilayered and multifunctional panel, from which the air ducts and columns pass. The modules serve also as niches, lighting covers and tables. An idea that won the library a class A standing for its low energy consumption according to Norvegian standards."


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MVRDV: book mountain + library quarter, spijkenisse

MVRDV: book mountain + library quarter, spijkenisse | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
a mountain of bookshelves is contained by a glass-enclosed structure and pyramidal roof with a total surface area of 9,300 square meters.

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8 Lovely Libraries in Australia and New Zealand - Mental Floss

8 Lovely Libraries in Australia and New Zealand - Mental Floss | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Jill Harness:

We've covered Europe's, Asia's, Africa's, North America's and South America's most beautiful libraries; now it's time to take a look at Australia and, while it isn't technically a part of the continent, New Zealand as well.""

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New German Stuttgart Library: The Future of Library Design? | Yaminatoday - A Literary Blog That Entertains & Educates

New German Stuttgart Library: The Future of Library Design? | Yaminatoday - A Literary Blog That Entertains & Educates | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

[...] "thanks to korean-born, germany-based architect eun young yi this new cubic facility, influenced by the structure and organization of the ancient pantheon, just may be the future of library architecture – at least in Europe. As featured on Designboom.com, the multi-storied space apparently draws in natural light through the roof."


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lelapin's comment, August 16, 2012 11:15 PM
I'm not too sure future libraries will look like the one the picture the speed at which books tend to be replaced by digital versions.
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Flavorwire » 10 Wonderful Libraries Repurposed from Unused Structures

Flavorwire » 10 Wonderful Libraries Repurposed from Unused Structures | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @randomhousekids: 10 Wonderful Libraries Repurposed from Unused Structures http://t.co/NCYGpo3w via @flavorpill...

 

By Emily Temple:

"Last week, the internet went crazy for an abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas, that was recently converted into the country’s largest single story library, winning its category in the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition in the process. Inspired, we went on the hunt for other libraries that were born from unused and abandoned structures, from the large (drill halls and supermarkets) to the small (phone booths and shipping containers). After all, what better way to recycle just about anything than to turn it into a center for knowledge?"

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Design Institute: Six Space Challenges from Six Libraries | Library by Design

Design Institute: Six Space Challenges from Six Libraries | Library by Design | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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"Some 90 librarians, architects, and vendors gathered to talk about how to build for flexibility in uncertain times and brainstorm solutions to a handful of design challenges — see below for the Challenges and Brainstorms featured at LJ‘s daylong Design Institute (http://lj.libraryjournal.com/tag/design-institute/) held November 11, 2011 at Phoenix’s Burton Barr Central Library. (See also: Building Smart: LJ’s Design Institute Inspires Spaces for the Future http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/05/buildings/lbd/building-smart-ljs-design-institute-inspires-spaces-for-the-future-library-by-design/)

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US culture website names Vancouver library as one of the most beautiful public libraries in the world | OpenFile

US culture website names Vancouver library as one of the most beautiful public libraries in the world | OpenFile | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"#Librariesarebeautiful...Vancouver library one of the most beautiful public libraries in the world http://t.co/PJ4GHrCn (via @grapemanca)..."

 

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"[...] the US-based cultural news website Flavorwire named Vancouver’s Central Public Library number two on their list of the 25 most beautiful public libraries in the world."

http://flavorwire.com/280318/the-25-most-beautiful-public-libraries-in-the-world

 

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Re-designing spaces for learning | Connected Principals, by @Sharris

Re-designing spaces for learning | Connected Principals, by @Sharris | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Sharris: "This is a copy of a my guest blog post published this week for the World Innovation Summit for Education - WISE, Qatar - on re-designing spaces for learning..."

http://www.wise-qatar.org/content/stephen-harris-redesigning-spaces-around-collaborative-teaching ;

 

"There is a clear movement occurring in education globally right now – a movement that is seeking to shift the epicentre of educational paradigms from an industrial-era experience to something more relevant to the ever changing and dynamic contexts of the 21st century. In the first decade of this new century, much great work has been done articulating what 21st century skills might be – www.p21.org is a great example of this.

My focus is the key importance of spatial awareness in redesigning spaces for learning. I hope the second decade of this century will be marked by an awareness that redesigning spaces will be as important to change processes, as describing the new skills deemed necessary for learning and career creation in the last decade. I will focus on our journey of change as a case study for education redesign."

 

 

 

 

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The Once and Future Library | American Libraries Magazine

The Once and Future Library | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Charles G. Mueller
An architect’s perspective on designing for changing constituencies

 

"To some librarians it must seem like a perfect storm: Budgets are being slashed, ebooks suddenly are outselling their print ancestors, electronic movies on demand are slowing over-the-counter DVD lending..."

"Besides librarians, architects are among the people most concerned about how, and how rapidly, such trends play out. Plans made a year ago for library additions or even modest renovations—never mind an entirely new building—are probably out of date. Longstanding formulas to calculate the space required for stacks, seating, and even computer stations no longer apply. The library standards codified in many states, often a criterion for funding, would probably result in a library design that is larger than necessary, or certainly too big or too small in all the wrong places."

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Daily Maverick :: Johannesburg's new library feeds a city's 'tree of knowledge'

Daily Maverick :: Johannesburg's new library feeds a city's 'tree of knowledge' | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The Johannesburg City Library was closed in April 2009 for a much-needed facelift. Some three years and R68-million later, the library reopened on Tuesday transformed physically and functionally.

 

"The emphasis on public libraries as a means to democratise information is certainly not new. Since the late 19th century, public libraries have been at the centre of the process to redistribute knowledge and information to the educationally underprivileged and this is no more apparent than in the history of the Johannesburg library."

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Public Libraries Stepping into the Future | Inspired Magazine

Public Libraries Stepping into the Future | Inspired Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings:

Public Libraries Stepping into the Future http://t.co/pRzvTp3z 

 

"So what has been done, from an architectural point of view, to keep libraries alive and as meaningfully present in city life as ever?"

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Could Libraries Become Precinct Hubs? - DesignBuild Source

Could Libraries Become Precinct Hubs? - DesignBuild Source | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"When considering the design and function of precinct developments, thoughts often naturally run to bars, cafés, sporting venues and theatres. While these spaces are important as community hubs, libraries are taking on a growing role in the world of architecture.
Library developments have gained prominence in recent months, with home developers and interior designers placing heavy importance on private libraries and commercial and government entities investing heavily in the development of public library spaces."


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7 of the coolest libraries in the world

7 of the coolest libraries in the world | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Introducing some of the most interesting places to read and roam.

 

"And yes, they do come with books. How cool can libraries be in an era of iPads and Kindles? Check out these seven libraries, graphically described, and the reasons why :

Central Library in Seattle

Trinity College Library in Dublin

UC San Diego's Geisel Library

TU Delft Library in the Netherlands

Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt

Stuttgart City Library

Bishan Public Library, Singapore"


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Beautiful Government Law Libraries

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http://t.co/6QkhyomS

 

"These are libraries maintained for the use of government lawmakers and staff at the national, state or local levels. Some are open to the public, others are reserved for lawmakers and their staff."


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Besides the fact that these are designed for Gov, Officials, it doesn't really apply to government, but these are amazing! Take a look! It almost makes me want to be a government lawmaker. Almost.

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Designing Libraries - The Hive, Europe's first fully integrated and jointly-run university and public library

Designing Libraries - The Hive, Europe's first fully integrated and jointly-run university and public library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"On July 11, the Queen opened the new £60million library and history centre in Worcester, a joint venture between the University and the County Council to serve the county’s population of 550,000 residents and 10,000 students.

The landmark project, a decade in the planning and with a stunning visual impact on the cityscape, is the first such extensive collaboration outside the US.

The Hive brings together books, documents and archives from both organisations under one roof. It houses one of the largest children’s libraries in the country, affording the opportunity for children to grow up with the library, from infant to undergraduate.

Staff from both the public and university libraries will work side by side, trained to deliver an extended range of services to all users from a combined stock."


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Have a look at the future Kirkintilloch library

Have a look at the future Kirkintilloch library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
THIS is how Kirkintilloch’s popular library will look in three months time.

 

"The library area’s floor space will be reduced and a customer services zone created – including interview and meeting rooms, self-service computers, telephone and enquiry booths, and customer service pods.

The revamped library will feature a new children’s section, a cafe, a study group area and learning suite, free Internet access and a self-service point where users can check books in and out.

A central seating area, staffed desks, self-service payment kiosks and a multi-media display are also part of the plans."


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11 Fabulous Libraries in South America - Mental Floss

11 Fabulous Libraries in South America - Mental Floss | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Jill Harness:

"11 Fabulous Libraries in South America

Last week we toured some of Europe's most beautiful libraries. Now let's see what South America has to offer."

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Information Architecture: Designing Libraries in the Digital Age > e-Oculus

By Murrye Bernard, LEED AP

Event: Libraries: Between Digital and Physical Worlds
Location: Center for Architecture, 04.04.12

 

"Both architects and librarians must answer the question of how we can integrate information architecture with physical architecture, according to Tula Giannini, PhD., Dean and Professor, School of Information & Library Science, Pratt Institute, who considers herself a “digital scholar.” These days, everyone wants to capture information with their cameras and scanners, and she believes that libraries should support that creative process. Carol A. Mandel, Dean of the Division of Libraries, New York University, believes that ultimately, “a library is about connecting people with knowledge, and that’s what architects should design for, whether that means books or digital files.” All panelists agreed with Holl’s assessment that a library “doesn’t have to look like a library, but it should be an inspiring space.”

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Stuttgart City Library

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This fabulous open-plan library, designed by Korean architect Eun Young Yi, is located in Stuttgart, Germany and counts a total of 11 floors.
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Cityscapes: Libraries of the future? With Chicago's new library ...

Cityscapes: Libraries of the future? With Chicago's new library ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY BLAIR KAMIN:

"What should a 21st Century library look like? To ask that question is to conjure futuristic visions--of libraries that resemble sleek Apple stores; of librarians who stroll around their branches with computer tablets, and of robots ..."

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London super libraries defy public spending cuts

London super libraries defy public spending cuts | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Petter Lundsgren:

"As hundreds of libraries are threatened with closure across the UK, three new London super libraries buck the trend in time for National Libraries Day."

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