Archive for the ‘library’ Category

Peckham Library by Will Alsop

May 4, 2008

Alsop Architects launched an intense dialogue with the community to discover what sort of building Peckham’s inhabitants wanted.

The result was a striking example of the new community architecture. The Peckham model proposes that the 21st century library should reach out to the community, encourage access to knowledge and embrace the diversity of the local population

For an elderly bookworm like myself, the Peckham library is a bit challenging. Its top-heaviness seems to court catastrophe. I like my libraries stable, durable, serene. I am looking for adventure in the books, rather than in the building.


Ruskin Library by MacCormac Jamieson Prichard

May 4, 2008

Designed by the same architect as the adjacent University Library extension, the Ruskin Library stands on the former site of a bowling green at the entrance to the campus, and in the architect’s words acts “as a symbolic gateway or propylaeum to the University”.

Reached from the east, the building “stands on a plateau of wavy meadow grass like an island surrounded by water, a metaphor for Ruskin’s Venice. The materials used on the exterior – white concrete blocks with a sparkly marble aggregate and green polished pre-cast concrete bands – recall Ruskin’s fascination with Venetian and Tuscan materials and construction” The external doors are of bronze-clad aluminium.

Biblioteca Jaume Fuster by Josep Llinas

May 4, 2008

The Morgan Library by Renzo Piano

May 4, 2008

lights to project the trees shadows onto the white facade

Design Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Paris

Executive Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, New York

The Pierpont Morgan Library in the heart of Manhattan was built early last century as the private library of financier J. Pierpont Morgan. Since 1924, the complex has served as a public research library and museum for exceptionally rare books, manuscripts and drawings.
Apart from the extension and preservation of the historical buildings, the architects created a new internal courtyard with contemporary steel and glass pavilions of the following scope:

4,400 m2 steel cladding, curtain wall and skylight systems. Steel framed glass doors for the main entrance and staircases.

Glazing: insulated and laminated low-iron glass units with solar gain Low E coating

Additionally supplied: sunshading devices at designated areas, i.e. aluminium grating panels above skylights, vertical roller shades for internal and external use and motorized louver systems for roof light control.

Munster Library by Bolles-Wilson & Partners

May 4, 2008

Certainly the design reflects it time and acknowledges a renewed interest in the city as a forum for forensic intervention. The layout is highly complex and mimics the English Landscape Garden tradition; where you first spy your goal, then drift off before rediscovering your original object. Each space is conceived of as an ‘event’ in itself (for example, the newspaper room focuses on a welcoming fireplace) which are then fused into a complex and evocative whole. The building is an intimate place of information, quiet learning, studious endeavour and, at the same time, a dynamic symbol of Münster’s regeneration.

Mark Cousins


April 15, 2008

DIY ceiling rafter storage

April 15, 2008


April 4, 2008

Bibliometro by Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos

April 3, 2008


Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos proyected Bibliometro, a public library stands in the metro stations of Madrid in which passengers may take books to lend and leave them back in any station.

Tama Art University Library by Toyo Ito

April 3, 2008