Articles tagged Library


Luxembourg’s national library shows how institutions can build communities

Luxembourg – Designed by German firm Bolles+Wilson, the National Library of Luxembourg brings a vital community space to an otherwise isolated district.


A blue box might be a cure for the increasing loneliness in large Chinese cities

Chengdu – The first in a series of Youkong Living Room projects, Wutopia Lab’s Blue Heart in Chengdu is ‘a buffer between home and the public world.’


Books? Nah...this Canadian library has 3D printers, guitars and robot building kits instead

Cambridge, Ontario, Canada – The Toronto-based architectural studio RDHA turned an old post office into a cultural centre designated entirely for makerspaces.


Out Now: Frame 127 - Why libraries are now key to creating communities

Amsterdam – The March/April 2019 issue of Frame magazine explores the future of learning, the club tendencies of luxury retailers and the new-new library. 


A Dutch city gets a new public living room — and so much more

Tilburg, the Netherlands – Mecanoo set out to turn a former train hall into a massive library. Instead, by giving its users ownership of flexible spaces, it became something larger.


Fact: The best public library in the world is in the Netherlands

Den Helder, Netherlands – School 7 in Den Helder was proclaimed Public Library of the Year 2018 at the IFLA congress. Why? Two words: Social sustainability.


The hot spot for kids in this Japanese city is actually the library

Kikuchi, Japan – Nomura Co. is on a mission to strengthen the urban-identity of Kikuchi, Japan and attract a younger population with its public library design.


OMA’s human-centric articulation of the levels of learning

Doha, Qatar – The national library designed by OMA invites visitors into a light-filled space in honour of education and research.


MVRDV builds the library of the digital future

TIANJIN, China – MVRDV adds the Tianjin Binhai Public Library to its strong track record in mesmerizing architecture.

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.