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Otemae University Sakura Shukugawa Campus Design by Nikken Sekkei Ltd., in Otemae, Japan

July 30, 2009 By: Category: Architecture

Designed by Nikken Sekkei Ltd., located in Otemae, Japan
This new type library developed in cooperation with the university functions as the platform which induces a variety of “consciousness and discovery” of “learning,” and works as the core of campus environmental formation which stimulates the motivation for study.

Otemae University Sakura Shukugawa Campus Design by Nikken Sekkei Ltd. in Otemae Japan 1 Otemae University Sakura Shukugawa Campus Design by Nikken Sekkei Ltd., in Otemae, Japan

The library is located almost in the center of the campus which will extend in the future. The library designed as the “melting pot of learning” and intended to link adjacent school buildings consists of a low and wide building, and its external form is determined by the concept to leave and utilise existing trees to the most extent, and assure the maximum building area.

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Due to its “visible” configuration achieved by the transparent appearance and freely accessible peripheral deck, the library function as the campus hub to “link” adjacent school buildings visually and through circulation lines. With its main function as library and a “choice enabling” configuration which allows interoperation with various rooms inside the library and arbitrary use methods, the library is intended to generate new use methods beyond conventional libraries.

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Wayzata Public Library and City Hall Design in Wayzata

September 14, 2009 By: Category: Architecture

Wayzata Public Library and City Hall is public facilities in Wayzata. The new city hall, new public library, and addition to the existing fire station are located on a bluff overlooking downtown Wayzata and Lake Minnetonka. Public greens and a tree-lined park knit the new ensemble of buildings together and provide contemplative views for the library’s reading rooms. [ U+B Architecture ]

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Wilkinson Public Library by U+B Architecture

September 13, 2009 By: Category: Architecture

Wilkinson Public Library by U+B Architecture. The restrained exterior underwent a complex public approval process; a Colorado sandstone base, red brick walls, and stone detailing reflect the site’s warehouse district legacy. The Telluride Room Tower, which houses the town’s historic archives and periodical room, is reminiscent of an iconic railroad water tower that was located near the site before being demolished over 20 years ago. [ U+B Architecture ]

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City College Library by Caldwell Architects in United States

July 15, 2009 By: Category: Architecture

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With the creation of a new Library / Learning Resource Center, the once exclusively vocational college now offers associate degrees, enabling the students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Strong formal elements; grand portal, bisecting spine, elegant stair and bridge, play against the structural grid, forming a lively entry courtyard and sculpting the relationship to context and the spatial experience of users.

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Stockholm Library in Sweeden, by Studio ST Architect

August 09, 2009 By: Category: Architecture

Stockholm Library, located in Sweeden, designed by Studio ST Architect. When looking for intelligent structural solutions we sought to use the inherent structural logic of the library – the bookshelf. Instead of creating a building and filling it with book structures (shelves) why not use the book structures as a building structure? This programmatic structure combined with the site constraint led to the development of the overall structure: eight large cores support a three-meter high space frame. Off of this preliminary structure a dense grid of 1×2 meter steel cables is suspended. This grid extends throughout the building to support everything from the façade to the book shelves. The cores shift from their original grids to keep a six meter distance from the subway tunnel below grade.

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