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Four teams to compete for redesign of historic State Library Victoria in Australia

Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2016
Following an Expression of Interest this past fall, four teams were recently invited to submit design proposals for the redevelopment of the State Library Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Established in 1854, the iconic Library is one of the state of Victoria's oldest public institutions, providing a vast range of…

More details behind the 3rd-prize Varna Library design by spatial practice

Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Recently, the Municipality of Varna and the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria concluded an international competition for the new Library of Varna. The 130-year institution, which boasts over 860,000 items in its collection, has long been spread out in six different buildings throughout the Bulgarian city of…

A closer look at the winning Varna Regional Library proposal

Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Netherlands-based collective Architects for Urbanity won first prize — and the contract — to design the new Varna Regional Library in an open competition hosted by the Municipality of Varna and the Chamber of Architects of Bulgaria. The new Varna Library building would help achieve the…

The Library of Varna in Bulgaria reveals the winning proposals for their new home

Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Earlier this year, the Municipality of Varna and the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria invited architects worldwide to submit proposals for a new building to house the Library of Varna. The 130-year institution, which boasts over 860,000 items in its collection, has long been spread out in six…

Atelier Thomas Pucher to redesign University of Graz Library

Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Atelier Thomas Pucher of Graz, Austria recently won a Europe-wide competition to redesign the historic University of Graz Library, which was first built in 1895. The reconstruction, which is estimated to cost €27.6 million, is one of the largest infrastructural projects in the…

Winners of the 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

Posted: Monday, April 06, 2015
Aside from students and researchers, libraries tend to largely be taken for granted as valuable spaces for all sorts of community-wide learning. In this spirit, the AIA and the American Library Association (ALA) established the Library Building Awards program to encourage and celebrate library design excellence, especially at a…

Peek into Wilkinson Eyre’s renovation of Oxford’s reopened Weston Library

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2015
The University of Oxford recently celebrated the re-opening of their Weston Library in the institution's renowned Bodleian Libraries, a Grade II building designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and constructed in the 1930s. Fellow Brits Wilkinson Eyre Architects were in charge of the £80 million…

A glimpse at a transparency-driven Obama Presidential Library competition entry

Posted: Friday, March 06, 2015
The 2014 Chicago Prize competition invited the architecture community to submit speculative design ideas on what they think the Obama Presidential Library should look like, as actual plans for the Barack Obama Presidential Library seem to gradually take shape. Competition participants Manuel Caicoya, Matteo Vergano,…

Informal Office transforms Obama Presidential Library into social hub for Chicago Prize 2014

Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The recently concluded 2014 Chicago Prize invited participants to share their speculative designs of the Barack Obama Presidential Library that rethinks the traditional typology of the U.S. Presidential Library. In Lexington, KY-based Informal Office's approach, Social Container, the Presidential Library becomes an engaging hub of activity with…

Chicago Prize 2014 results: Imagining Obama’s Presidential Library

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015
For the 2014 Chicago Prize ideas competition this past fall, architects and designers worldwide were asked one question: How would you design Barack Obama's Presidential Library? Referring to the lively debate regarding the potential construction of a Barack Obama Presidential Library, the competition called for…

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