“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” ― Mark Twain
We have always imagined good libraries as very quiet places but the truth is that there is much more behind this kind of space which makes us so productive. In addition to silence, we also enjoy some privacy, little corners are greatly appreciated. Daylight plays a very important role and high ceilings which help to reflect that light makes us feel comfortable and relaxed. However, all this is not enough, libraries are an architecture result which make people interested in culture too, in the unknown, they help us be more creative…
Wonder what are some of the most recent libraries in the world? Here you have some examples. My favourite is #10 (kind of atypical) which one is yours?
1. Ofunato Civic Center and Library
Location: Iwate (Japan)
Architect: Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
Brief Description: Cultural building complex which consists of a main hall with 1100 seats, a library, multi-purpose spaces, an atelier, a tea room, and a studio. Amazing use of concrete, doesn’t it? Read more here.
2. South Mountain Community Library
Location: Phoenix (USA)
Brief Description: The interior of the building is lined in an acoustical cedar wood, frosted and laser cut acrylic panels reflect patterned abstractions of the agriculture that once was an integral part of the community. Read more here.
3. Tama Art University Library
Location: Tokyo (Japan)
Architect: Toyo Ito
Brief Description: The spatial diversity one experiences when walking through the arches different in span and height changes seamlessly from a cloister-like space filled with natural light, to the impression of a tunnel that cannot be penetrated visually. Read more here.
4. Sant Josep Library
Location: Valencia (Spain)
Architect: Ramon Esteve
Brief Description: Thanks to the winding plan of the interior, each area of the library is an intimate and reserved component The surroundings give unity, continuity and fluency to the spaces. Read more here.
5. City Library in Seinäjoki
Location: Seinäjoki (Finland)
Architect: JKMM Architects
Brief Description: Building complex made by this library and a cultural center designed by Alvar Aalto in 1965. Masterpiece of modern architecture and a highly valuable cultural environment. Read more here.
6. Maranello Library
Location: Maranello (Italy)
Architect: Andrea Maffei Architects
Brief Description: The building borders with a residential court on the north, with a public green area on the west, with a residential building on the south built in adherence and with other residential buildings on the East and partially in adherence. Difficult site, great solution. Read more here.
7. University of Aberdeen New Library
Location: Scotland (UK)
Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Brief Description: Since the building was put into service in September 2011, the statistics have shown a significant increase in the use of the library, and more than 700,000 visitors have entered the building this first year of operation. Read more here.
8. Hunt Library
Location: North Carolina (USA)
Brief Description: Generous open spaces connect all floors of the library and open stairs emphasize an interactive and social environment alongside more focused study areas. Read more here.
9. Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre
Location: Melbourne (Australia)
Architect: H2o architects
Brief Description: The building was designed to minimize use of energy by reducing heating and cooling loads and where possible, passive heating, cooling and ventilation are used instead of mechanical systems. Read more here.
10. The Garden Library for Refugees and Migrant Workers
Location: Tel Aviv (Israel)
Architect: Yoav Meiri Architects
Brief Description: The project sees the right to a book as a fundamental human right and a possibility of both escape and shelter from daily misfortunes. Read more here.
11. Library in Anzin
Location: Anzin (France)
Architect: Dominique Coulon & Associés
Brief Description: Its pure, sophisticated geometry situates it as a public building. The deliberate areas of transparency reveal its content. The reading rooms present the building to the town in the manner of an invitation. Read more here.