Gallery: Scottsdale’s Arabian Library Wins Smart Environment Award


Borrowing books from the library is the responsible and environmentally friendly thing to do, and this new library in Scottsdale Arizona makes us want to use the library all the time. Designed by Richärd + Bauer, the Arabian Library utilizes great green building design and innovative new thinking to encourage people to lend from the library. Not only that, but the building is gorgeous, inviting, brightly lit, and a recent winner of the 2008 IIDA/Metropolis Smart Environments Award.

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  1. carlosmeyer January 25, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Great article, thank you. I have taken many professional shots of this library since I am a fan of its architecture.
    see some at

  2. Benjamin January 31, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I’ve been there and it’s a nice building – great spaces, materials, and form. But I was astonished to see that they didn’t use insulated glazing. Single glazing in Arizona is extremely irresponsible, done solely for the clean look rather than performance. Shame on them.

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