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Beautiful Geometric Facade Protects King Fahad National Library from the Hot Saudi Sun

Beautiful Geometric Facade Protects King Fahad National Library from the Hot Saudi Sun

Originally constructed in the 1980s, the old library building consists of a cruciform frame built from reinforced concrete. To expand the library, Gerber Architekten created a cuboid structure to surround

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Norway Announces Plans to Digitize Entire National Library

Norway Announces Plans to Digitize Entire National Library

 Photo © Shutterstock The National Library of Norway has just announced plans to digitize its entire library of hundreds of thousands of books by the mid-2020s. A new law will require all published

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Awesome Library’s Climbable Bookshelves Encourage Reading AND Exercise!

Awesome Library’s Climbable Bookshelves Encourage Reading AND Exercise!

Kids these days. With all the awesome technology swirling around our homes and schools, the simple joy of a book, or climbing a tree, are lost on them. In order to encourage life-saving exercise, play,

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Temporary Story Tower Made With Recycled Materials Offers Free Book Exchange in Latvia

Temporary Story Tower Made With Recycled Materials Offers Free Book Exchange in Latvia

Modeled after a giant wooden lamp and made entirely from donated and recycled materials, the Story Tower has a roof of 2250 shingles made from Tetra-Pak milk cartons folded and assembled like tiles on top

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MS&R Architecture Transforms a Vacant Wal-Mart Into an Enormous Public Library

MS&R Architecture Transforms a Vacant Wal-Mart Into an Enormous Public Library

After its extreme makeover, the former big-box store is hardly recognizable. The cavernous, warehouse-like building was completely gutted and reconfigured to make way for bookshelves, reading nooks, a

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Kids’ Learning Centre in Thailand Looks Like a Giant Bamboo Manta Ray

Kids’ Learning Centre in Thailand Looks Like a Giant Bamboo Manta Ray

Located within Thailand’s Koh Kood Island and steps away from the sea, this gorgeous learning ‘den’ was made by 24H-architecture in collaboration with local firm Habita architects. Measuring 540

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Rotterdam’s Stepped Central Library Sprouts a Green Roof and a Beehive!

Rotterdam’s Stepped Central Library Sprouts a Green Roof and a Beehive!

The Rotterdam Central Library launched in 1983 as an “open, inviting, centrally located building that is accessible to everyone.”  Its main feature is its striking array of yellow-painted round

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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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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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Book Mountain: MVDRV Unveils Massive Monument to Reading in the Netherlands

Book Mountain: MVDRV Unveils Massive Monument to Reading in the Netherlands

MVRDV's Book Mountain is a new eco library that proudly stands in the heart of Spijkenisse and is surrounded by the old town and a new housing project. In an area with 10% illiteracy, this new library is

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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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New Newport Beach Civic Center and Park Aiming for LEED Silver

New Newport Beach Civic Center and Park Aiming for LEED Silver

  The design of the City Hall is marked by the iconic ‘sail’ of the council chambers room as well as the rhythmic, wave-shaped roof structure, which extends throughout the length of the

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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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6 Delightful Pop-Up Libraries To Encourage Reading This Summer

6 Delightful Pop-Up Libraries To Encourage Reading This Summer

Adopt a Phone Booth Library With mobile phones taking over, there seems little need for phone booths anymore, but rather than get rid of the iconic red booths in the UK, local communities are using them

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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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‘The Motion’ Bookshelf Doubles as a Curvaceous Rocking Chair!

‘The Motion’ Bookshelf Doubles as a Curvaceous Rocking Chair!

There's nothing quite like settling into a comfy seat to read a good book, and it's even better when your bookshelf doubles as a rocking chair! Designed by Hyunjin Seo from the Seoul-based design group

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London’s Kew Gardens Herbarium Uses Underground Cooling and Hot Air to Protect Its Contents

London’s Kew Gardens Herbarium Uses Underground Cooling and Hot Air to Protect Its Contents

Completed in 2009, the Herbarium's new glass and timber wing creates a fantastic contrast with the original red-bricked building, connected to its side. Edward Cullinan Architects worked closely with the

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Vagalume Modular Eco-Libraries Will Cultivate Literacy & Protect the Amazon River

Vagalume Modular Eco-Libraries Will Cultivate Literacy & Protect the Amazon River

The Vagalume Eco Library is based on a modular bookshelf that the nonprofit distributes already. Assembled from 4 precut pieces, the shelves can be flat packed and transported via boat. Upon arrival to

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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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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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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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LEED Gold Langara Library Uses Wind Towers Instead of Traditional Heating and Cooling

LEED Gold Langara Library Uses Wind Towers Instead of Traditional Heating and Cooling

The Langara library is specially designed to make use of the stack effect -- cool air is brought in through a wind scoop at the bottom of the building, passes through the underground garage, and travels

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Colorful Indonesian Clinic and Library Made from Shipping Containers

Colorful Indonesian Clinic and Library Made from Shipping Containers

Shipping containers are sturdy, versatile structures that have traveled the world over the course of their lifespans. The Contertainer is a poly-clinic and public library designed by Indonesian firm,

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Mexico City Public Library Surrounded by Botanical Garden

Mexico City Public Library Surrounded by Botanical Garden

The botanical garden, just like the books and computers inside the library is a source of knowledge and acts to educate the visitors of the library. The Vasconcelos Library was built on barren landscape

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Loyola’s Paperless Library Offers Stunning Lakeside Views

Loyola’s Paperless Library Offers Stunning Lakeside Views

Fantastic lakeshore views and an abundance of natural light are just two of the inviting features that draw students to the Richard J Klarchek Information Commons situated on the Loyola University campus

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The Greenest Library in New York Opens Today

The Greenest Library in New York Opens Today

The Battery Park Library finally opens today and it just so happens to be the greenest library branch of the New York Public Library system! Certified LEED Gold and built at the base of a LEED certified

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Schoolhouse Rock Reaps Platinum Town Center

Schoolhouse Rock Reaps Platinum Town Center

In California, one district's fault is another town's treasure. When the Portola Valley School District realized its mid-century single-room schoolhouse straddled the San Andreas Fault — known for its

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BIG Architects Unveil Massive Mobius Strip Library for Kazakhstan

BIG Architects Unveil Massive Mobius Strip Library for Kazakhstan

BIG Architects have unveiled an incredible new library that will serve as a multifunctional cultural center for Astana, Kazakhstan. Named Nursultan Nazarbayev after the first President of the Republic of

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