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Green-roofed Helsinki Library Boasts an Invigorating Mix of Fixed and Flexible Spaces

Green-roofed Helsinki Library Boasts an Invigorating Mix of Fixed and Flexible Spaces

The flexible sections of the library will include cafes, areas for children and open reading spaces. These areas will be fluid, column-free and connected by a series of stairs and ramps. And all of it

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Adjaye Associates’ William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library Responds to a Hilly Site in Washington, DC

Adjaye Associates’ William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library Responds to a Hilly Site in Washington, DC

In 2010, Adjaye Associates won a competition to design two new neighborhood libraries for Washington, DC. Both of the new libraries are energy efficient, and they both respond to the natural landscape and

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Swirling |CON|Temporary Library Warms Up an Ancient Turkish Bath in Bulgaria

Swirling |CON|Temporary Library Warms Up an Ancient Turkish Bath in Bulgaria

Commissioned as part of the festival of "urban dreams," the temporary library sits directly below a tall dome in the hammam's largest room. It consists of a swirling timber platform decorated with a

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David Adjaye’s Francis A. Gregory Library is a Beautiful, Light-Flooded Library in Washington, DC

David Adjaye’s Francis A. Gregory Library is a Beautiful, Light-Flooded Library in Washington, DC

The new Francis Gregory Library is built at the edge of Washington, DC's Fort Davis Park, where a Civil War-era fort once stood to defend the nation's capital. The transparent library looks out on the

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Big Box Supermarket Transformed into Gorgeous Eden Prairie Library in Minnesota

Big Box Supermarket Transformed into Gorgeous Eden Prairie Library in Minnesota

The community of Hennepin County seized the opportunity to buy the out-of-business big box retailer when it was left without a tenant. Rather than letting the empty building mar the neighborhood, they

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shimmering & Efficient Aberdeen University New Library Opens in Scotland

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Shimmering & Efficient Aberdeen University New Library Opens in Scotland

The Aberdeen University New Library, now know as the Sir Duncan Rice Library, houses over a quarter of a million books and manuscripts inside it's shimmering cubic volume. Located on the west side of

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Newly Opened Los Gatos Library by Noll & Tam Architects Pursuing LEED Gold

Newly Opened Los Gatos Library by Noll & Tam Architects Pursuing LEED Gold

The $14.2 million building is constructed at the foot of a wooded hillside across from the newly renamed Pageant Park. The design team at Noll & Tam Architects worked to minimize the footprint of the

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Harvard Stores 70 Billion Books in Record Breaking DNA Bio-Library the Size of a Thumbnail

Harvard Stores 70 Billion Books in Record Breaking DNA Bio-Library the Size of a Thumbnail

DNA photo from Shutterstock A team from Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has discovered a way to store 70 billion books in a space the size of your thumbnail!

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The A47 Mobile Library in Mexico is a Modern Take on Archaic Reading Rooms

The A47 Mobile Library in Mexico is a Modern Take on Archaic Reading Rooms

The doors are semi-perforated sheets that give the vehicle a certain level of transparency, creating a seamless interaction with the people outside. The design of the bookshelves is the most

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Canada Water Library is a Green-Roofed Library of the Future in London

Canada Water Library is a Green-Roofed Library of the Future in London

The Canada Water Library by CZWG is part of a larger project to regenerate the area around the Canada Basin on the east side of London. With views over the water to the south, the library dominates the

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India’s LEED Gold Anna Centenary Library is the Largest and Greenest Library in Asia!

India’s LEED Gold Anna Centenary Library is the Largest and Greenest Library in Asia!

The LEED Gold Anna Centenary Library located in Kotturpuram, India is the largest library in Asia and one of the most sustainable. The cavernous space can accommodate well over a thousand readers at a

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Little Free Library: Tiny House-Shaped Boxes Let You Take a Book or Leave One

Little Free Library: Tiny House-Shaped Boxes Let You Take a Book or Leave One

Little Free Library enthusiasts are encouraged to build their own designs, or they can easily follow instructions for the classic Little Free Library kit on the group’s website. The website also gives

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Massimo Bartolini’s Bookyard is an Outdoor Library in a Belgian Vineyard

Massimo Bartolini’s Bookyard is an Outdoor Library in a Belgian Vineyard

Massimo Bartolini turns the idea of the library on its head with his outdoor installation. Rather than public libraries scrambling for ways to bring in patrons, Bookyard steps out of a library’s comfort

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Shiny Copper-Clad Hive Library Built to Resist Climate Change Until 2050

Shiny Copper-Clad Hive Library Built to Resist Climate Change Until 2050

Satisfying a wide range of public services in one compact building, the Worcester library incorporates a host of sustainability features that make the building adaptable to climate change predicted by

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“Weapon of Mass Instruction” is a Mobile Library That Disseminates Free Books in Argentina

“Weapon of Mass Instruction” is a Mobile Library That Disseminates Free Books in Argentina

Activist-artist Raul Lemesoff's "Arma De Instruccion Masiva", or "Weapon of Mass Instruction," may seem militant but it's actually a peaceful mobile library. The artwork/vehicle serves a very serious

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Indonesia’s New University Library Will be a Swirling Green Roofed Mountain

Indonesia’s New University Library Will be a Swirling Green Roofed Mountain

The University of Indonesia's towers would project at various heights around the circumference of the green mound and play host to a bevy of functions, including meeting rooms, food courts, retail and

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UCLA’s Young Library Undergoes Landmark LEED Gold Renovation

UCLA’s Young Library Undergoes Landmark LEED Gold Renovation

UCLA's Charles E. Young Library was originally designed by A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons in the 60s, but after the turn of the century had become outdated. Rather than tearing it down and

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Pod-Tastic Bishan Public Library is a Colorful Energy Efficient Addition to Singapore

Pod-Tastic Bishan Public Library is a Colorful Energy Efficient Addition to Singapore

Bishan Public Library is located in a dense urban area surrounded by a variety of multi-purpose buildings like a mall, residences, a community center, a mass transit station, and a government building.

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Vennesla Library’s Ribbed Prefab Design Features Energy Efficient Strategies in Norway

Vennesla Library’s Ribbed Prefab Design Features Energy Efficient Strategies in Norway

Vennesla Library by Helen & Hard is also a community center that provides an important cultural space in the downtown area of Vennesla. Located facing an urban plaza with a large glass facade used for

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TYIN Tegnestue Architects Build Beautiful Community Library in Bangkok Using Recycled Materials

TYIN Tegnestue Architects Build Beautiful Community Library in Bangkok Using Recycled Materials

Measuring only 10 feet by 30 feet, The Old Market Library was built in one of Bangkok's poorest areas for only $4,500. Featuring different spaces for different functions, the lower reading room has a

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Evergreen Christmas Tree Made of Library Books!

Evergreen Christmas Tree Made of Library Books!

If you want to get into the holiday spirit without having to cut down a poor, defenseless evergreen, check out this clever idea from the resourceful folks at the Gleeson Library in San Francisco. They

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Stuttgart’s Stadtbibliothek Library is a Glowing Rubik’s Cube-Inspired Haven for Readers

Stuttgart’s Stadtbibliothek Library is a Glowing Rubik’s Cube-Inspired Haven for Readers

The structure's facade looks like a formation of colorful glowing cubes, while inside the space contrasts with a simple and minimalist style. In its white, cavernous, window-speckled hall, stairs connect

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Old Bulgarian Trolleybus Transformed Into Awesome New Otets Paisiy Public Library

Old Bulgarian Trolleybus Transformed Into Awesome New Otets Paisiy Public Library

The mobile library is currently located at the corner of “Otets Paisiy” Street and “General Gurko” Street in the town of Plovdiv. The location was chosen for multiple reasons. First, Otets Paisiy

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Cesar Chavez Library’s Soaring Roof Protects It from the Harsh Phoenix Sun

Cesar Chavez Library’s Soaring Roof Protects It from the Harsh Phoenix Sun

The 25,000 sq ft library was completed in 2008 and supports around 40,000 visitors a month and keeps 140,000 volumes. Besides the traditional books, the library also hosts a computer lab, children's

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The Semiahmoo Library’s Larger Than Life Living Wall Features Over 10,000 Plants

The Semiahmoo Library’s Larger Than Life Living Wall Features Over 10,000 Plants

We've seen some pretty cool living walls, including the world's largest, but we are astounded by how lush the Semiahmoo Library wall looks up close. Featuring ground covers, large perennials, shrubs, and

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Rent a Human at Surrey’s Green City Centre Library!

Rent a Human at Surrey’s Green City Centre Library!

Libraries around the world are embracing modern technology through digital media, computer programs, and up-to-date literature, but the Bing Thom-designed City Centre will be taking it to the next level,

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Surrey Crowdsources Inspiration For New $30 Million Green Library on Facebook

Surrey Crowdsources Inspiration For New $30 Million Green Library on Facebook

Surrey City Centre Library, British Columbia's latest architectural landmark, was designed with the input of hundreds of community members. Local firm Bing Thom Architects made space for the public voice

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Perkins+Will’s Green-Roofed Sammamish Library Soaks Up The Sun In Washington

Perkins+Will’s Green-Roofed Sammamish Library Soaks Up The Sun In Washington

Located on one side of Sammamish's Civic Plaza, the library serves as a "bookend" for the town's public areas. It is located close to the city hall, bike and pedestrian paths, and an outdoor venue for

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The Bicycle Library Invites Londoners to “Borrow” Bikes Inside a Converted Double Decker Bus

The Bicycle Library Invites Londoners to “Borrow” Bikes Inside a Converted Double Decker Bus

Inside the adapted bus, there is a "library"/gallery on the top floor with a showroom on the first level. Londoners who need expert advice on which bike they should rent or buy can speak to an in-house

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Inviting Glass Town Library Wins BREEAM Rating of Excellence in Enfield

Inviting Glass Town Library Wins BREEAM Rating of Excellence in Enfield

After a year’s work refurbishing the much loved 1912 Edwardian library and constructing a new glass building next to it, the BREEAM excellent space at the heart of the town’s Conservation Area is now

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