Hunters Point Library slapped with lawsuit for inaccessibility issues

Hunters Point Library in New York’s Long Island City by Steven Holl Architects has been hit with a class action lawsuit for its “total disregard” of people with mobility disabilities. Non-profit organisation Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed the lawsuit today, claiming the library “was designed and built with a total disregard for adults and children with […]

Steven Holl dismisses concerns over new Long Island City library as “wrinkles”

Steven Holl Architects has brushed off criticisms of its Hunters Point library in Long Island City, which opened in September with a number of areas inaccessible to people with disabilities. The New York City firm said that the problems encountered were “normal” for a project of this scale. “The few issues that have come up […]

Snøhetta unveils North Carolina library with scooped front

Two terraces will be carved into the swooping, ceramic-clad facade of this public library that architecture firm Snøhetta has designed for Charlotte, North Carolina. Snøhetta revealed yesterday its plans to replace the existing Main Library branch of the city’s Charlotte Mecklenburg Library organisation on the same site at Tryon and 6th Street. Clark Nexsen will […]

John Ronan creates affordable housing in Chicago with colourful balconies and a library

A spectrum of vivid hues were incorporated throughout a mixed-use building in Chicago by John Ronan Architects that contains a public library at ground level and low-cost senior housing up above. The Independence Library and Apartments are located in the Irving Park district on the city’s Northwest Side. The area features a mix of historic and […]

Snøhetta designs Temple University’s Charles Library with “unusual geometry”

Curved wooden entrances are carved into this university library that Snøhetta has completed for Temple University in Philadelphia. The four-storey Charles Library in North Philadelphia is sited in the heart of the university’s campus, with the business school to the south and the science and engineering buildings east. Rectangular in plan, the library building measures […]

X+Living creates the illusion of a myriad of staircases at Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore

Mirrored ceilings and zigzag staircases help form the perplexing interiors of this bookstore in south-west China, which has been designed by architecture studio X+Living. Tucked away from street view, the Chongqing Zhongshuge Bookstore by Shanghai-based X+Living occupies the third and fourth floors of Chongqing‘s Zodi Plaza retail development. As well as providing space for locals […]

Emma Olbers Design adds new furnishings to The Old Library in Stockholm

Woven hemp chairs and pine reading tables are among the pieces that Emma Olbers Design has added in its renovation of the library in Stockholm‘s Nationalmuseum. Longlisted in the civic and cultural interior category of this year’s Dezeen Awards, the Old Library has been overhauled by Emma Olbers Design to include a host of furnishings […]

Curving stone walls surround the Hefei River Central Smart Garden Library in China

Chinese architecture studio Geedesign has completed a library in Hefei, China, with arcing stone-clad walls, planted courtyards and roof terraces. Hefei River Central Smart Garden Library is located between a greenbelt area and the Fei River river and a busy financial district at the edge of city. The library provides kindergarten spaces for children as well […]

MSR Design and JRA Architects tucks Kentucky library in a grove of trees

American studios MSR Design and JRA Architect have completed a public library in Louisville featuring a sculptural, medal-clad exterior that is partly concealed by tall, leafy trees. The South Central Regional Library is part of the Louisville Free Public Library system – the largest public library system in Kentucky. The project was designed by MSR […]

Jean Nouvel completes “earth-work” library at University of Cyprus

Atelier Jean Nouvel‘s recently completed Stelios Ioannou Learning Resource Center, at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, has been revealed in photographs by Yiorgis Yerolymbos. Named after Cypriot industrialist Stelios Ioannou, the library in the capital of Cyprus has been designed to look like an artificial hill. “It has been considered as an ‘earth-work’, a gentle echo […]

Eight striking libraries that are bound to impress

Bibliophiles can take pleasure in looking through Dezeen’s pick of the best libraries, including one in the Netherlands that occupies an old locomotive shed, and another in China that resembles an eye. See below for the full selection: Photo by Ossip van Duivenbode Tianjin Binhai Public Library, China, by MVRDV MVRDV constructed the interiors of […]

Colliding gabled structures form Hannae Forest of Wisdom community centre

Unsangdong Architects has designed the Hannae Forest of Wisdom community centre in Seoul with a row of intersecting gabled forms enclosed by glass end walls. Seoul studio Unsangdong Architects developed the centre in the Hannae neighbourhood as a cultural space for the community that repurposes an abandoned plot near the entrance to a public park. To find a way to […]

Foster + Partners designs tech-filled library for Sharjah

The House of Wisdom, a library and cultural centre designed by Foster + Partners for Sharjah, will feature a cantilevered roof and a book-printing machine. The library’s roof will overhang the two-storey building’s facades by 15-metres in all directions to provide shade during the hot days of the city in the United Arab Emirates. The overhanging […]

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