The Portuguese practice of OODA have prepared this draft for the central library of Helsinki Finland. Conscious of the need to reinvent the library archetype, if it is to remain relevant in the internet age, the practice have proposed a plethora of different functions combining cultural and entertainment features. Read more
Photos: Marc Cramer
Facteur D is Montreal’s latest celebration of architecture, urban planning and design. The recent inaugural event saw 500 people participate. From the 47 finalists seven projects were awarded first prize in their respective categories. Some of the winners have been featured in this blog before.
Images and photos: 3XN
I have a good collection of Norwegian Jazz thanks to my much-loved Norwegian friend who wanted me to know of the vibrant jazz scene in that country. Of course I expressed my doubts: improbable… where does the tradition come from… who are these musicians… etc. All a ploy of course, in the hope of getting another excellent recording for my next birthday present!
Such a ploy today would be hopeless. The “Plassen” (meaning square or place) designed by 3XN Architects has opened. For the first time it gives the world famous Molde’s International Jazz Festival an undeniable, and rather special architectural presence. Read more
Photos:Schmit Hammer Lassen Architects
The royal seal of approval has been given to schmidt hammer lassen architects` new University of Aberdeen library now officially called the “Sir Duncan Rice Library”. Although the building has been completed for around a year, the Queen has officially opened it at a time when the very nature of the physical library is being called into question with the increasing proliferation of the eBook and the scanning of historical books online.
Photos: Karo* Architects
A poetry pavilion made of beer crates does not sound like a promising start for a public library. But Karo* Architects could see their vision for what it was, not for the way it was rendered. So when the local people of Salbke, who wanted to energise and regenerate their neighbourhood, chose such a radical design for their new public library, they wanted to see if it would actually work. To test it they built a 1 to 1 model from beer crates! When it attracted a two day poetry festival they new they were on to something! Read more
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