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Libraries for the Internet Age - slide show with article

 
 
Reply Sun 14 Jan, 2007 06:38 pm
There are a lot of interesting architectrual designs for libraries these days -

Slide show here

Business Week Article Here


The mechanism wouldn't let all the poll options show, so I left out the smaller Lakeview Terrace Branch Library. You can still vote for that one by just saying so. Also feel free to list "other library I prefer with innovations re internet age", or mention if you like the looks of this library, and capabilities of that one.

And..... please comment if you think libraries should just stay away from the computer age, or have no social role in community life.
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Reply Sun 14 Jan, 2007 06:55 pm
Just did a quick scan of the photos of your first link, osso. And off the cuff, I find the Alexandria one architecturally exciting -- and I really like how the small Ulm one fits into its neighbourhood with scale and form.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 14 Jan, 2007 07:10 pm
I just looked fast so far too. As I was posting this all, I thought the Alexandria one was amazing. The Berlin Brain looks good to me. I've already (somewhat) liked Koolhaas' Seattle library from afar - don't know what I would think in reality about the book spiral. So far my favorite is the Ulm library, fantastic fit and thoughtful design. I keep reading about how great the fit is on the Morgan Library too.

Here's another link on that. I want to see more photos of the whole complex..
http://www.gothamist.com/archives/2006/04/30/new_morgan_libr.php

That's as far as I've gotten.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 14 Jan, 2007 08:00 pm
The Jefferson building of the Library of Congress is really nifty; I was stunned by it the one time I was inside it. But.. the Madison Building and the Adams building (just looked them up) are pretty pedestrian. Hmmm.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 14 Jan, 2007 08:51 pm
More on the Philology Library in Berlin -

http://www.metropolismag.com/cda/story.php?artid=1745

http://www.metropolismag.com/webimages/1745/RR6916_t346.jpg
The Philology Library
Foster and Partners' new library for the Faculty of Philology, on the campus of the Free University in Berlin, opened last September. The school has an enrollment of more than 39,000 students. Inside the building, the curving cantilevered profiles of each balcony create a sequence of generous, light-filled study spaces.

Photo: Ralph Richter
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 14 Jan, 2007 09:04 pm
Some more photos of the bibliotheca alexandrina -

http://www.nationalmuseum.no/var/plain/storage/images/media/bilder/utstillinger/bibliotheca_alexandrina/10958-5-nor-NO/bibliotheca_alexandrina_imagelarge.jpg
source - http://www.nationalmuseum.no/index.php/content/view/full/1558/offset/1926



http://www.eascholars.org/img/alexbib_4.jpg
source - http://www.eascholars.org/alexlib.htm



http://www.edizioniets.com/immagini/biblioteca_alessandria.jpg
source - http://www.edizioniets.com/biblioteca_alessandria_eng.asp
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 14 Jan, 2007 09:07 pm
The library in Ulm...

http://www.gemeinsamlernen.de/townstories/arbeitsergebnisse/ulm/images/schweinberger_stadtbibliothek_s.jpg
source - http://www.gemeinsamlernen.de/townstories/arbeitsergebnisse/ulm/Wohlfuehlen?language=de&part=9
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noinipo
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jan, 2007 07:18 am
By chance I found this thread, it is a pleasure to study all these great buildings.
Reminds me of a New Yorker cartoon. A little bookstore with a sign in the window:
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Books on Paper!
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jan, 2007 07:26 am
I was most impressed when I visited the (new) British Library recently.

The Cottbus library does look interesting as well

http://www.artania.de/photos/cottbus_00.jpg http://www.artania.de/photos/cottbus_05.jpg
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jan, 2007 12:25 pm
Funny NY'er cartoon. Well, funny and sad, as independent bookstores are in quite a bit of trouble, in the USA anyway.

Is this the British Museum building you mean, Walter?

http://www.asht.info/assets/images/BL_Building_Large.jpgsource



Article on Brandenburg Technical University's new library, at Cottbus, here -
http://www.icon-magazine.co.uk/issues/023/cottbus_text.htm
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jan, 2007 12:34 pm
Correct, osso.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 27 Mar, 2007 09:38 pm
Here's a negative review on the Seattle Library, now about three years old..

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/ae/309029_architecture27.html
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 5 May, 2007 11:42 am
Nine more libraries honored, with photos.

Here's the American Institute of Architecture article (with photos):
http://www.aia.org/aiarchitect/thisweek07/0406/0406d_library.cfm
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hamburger
 
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Reply Sat 5 May, 2007 12:50 pm
"stauffer library" at queen's university in kingston/ontario .
(stauffer library has an extensive collection of german literature )
the building was designed and built about 15 years ago .
the architects tried to marry a somewhat modern design with the old style (scottish designed) limestone buildings of the university .


http://qnc.queensu.ca/dbimages/437a307627aad.jpg

one of the "old-style" buildings : grant hall , also called convocation hall .

http://www.cuccoa.org/sitephotos/queens.jpg

and the almost "futuristic" biosciences centre

http://130.15.90.245/biosciences.jpg
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 5 May, 2007 12:58 pm
Back later this afternoon; I haven't looked at my own link other than skimming it fast, will look more at yours, Hbg..

(I'm going to the nature center for the native plant sale, see if I can get some native penstemons...)
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 5 May, 2007 02:34 pm
Grrrr. (No native plants to be had..)


So I stared at the list of AIA award libraries and can't tell much from the photos. Off hand, I don't like what I see in the photo of the Rhode Island School of Design effort (what's with the giant furniture??), but need to see more. The Montreal Library looks interesting. The Robin Hood library looks pleasing...

On Hamburger's recently posted buildings, you know me, I like the old style convocation hall. Not sure about the other two..

What do you think?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 6 Jul, 2007 01:46 pm
2007 notable libraries, here --


http://www.architypereview.com


Just looking at them quickly, I'm liking the one in Pueblo, Colorado and the one in Phoenix, Arizona. (That doesn't count, though, I only took a few seconds...)
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 6 Jul, 2007 02:07 pm
Erick van Egeraat has won an international competition to design a national library in Kazan, capital of the Republic of Tatarstan:

http://i7.tinypic.com/67fo4u0.jpg http://i11.tinypic.com/4kjmjno.jpg
http://i13.tinypic.com/5yiq53n.jpg

Report/more pics in 'Building Design'
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