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Library Redux

Andrew Berman Architect/archdaily.com; L+/archdaily.com; Marble Fairbanks with James Lima Planning + Development, Leah Meisterlin, and Special Project Office/archdaily.com; MASS Design Group/archdaily.com


The rise of the e-book is causing some of the world’s greatest libraries and bookshops to re-evaluate. Judging by the facelift of England’s London Library and Norway’s Vennesla Library and Culture House, it’s about providing an experience for users that they can’t get online.

Recently in New York, five design teams were tasked with reimagining some of the city's public libraries. According to ArchDaily, 'Between the years of 2002 and 2011, circulation in the city’s library systems increased by 59%. Library program attendance saw an increase of 40%. In spite of this, library funding was cut by 8% within this same timeframe, which has made it difficult to keep many of the system’s buildings in good repair. To spark interest and support from city leaders, The Architectural League, in collaboration with the Center for an Urban Future, instigated the design study Re-Envisioning New York’s Branch Libraries.'

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Clinton Hill Branch Library concept. Image Courtesy of Andrew Berman Architect/archdaily.com Clinton Hill Branch Library concept. 

 

Hunts Point Library concept. Image Courtesy of Andrew Berman Architect, Library Development Solutions, Neil Donnelly, AEA Consulting, Auerbach Pollock Friedlander/archdaily.com Hunts Point Library concept. 

 

Concept for transit Outpost Performance library. Image Courtesy of team L+/archdaily.com Concept for transit Outpost Performance library. 

 

Concept for Brighton Beach Library. Image Courtesy of team Marble Fairbanks with James Lima Planning + Development, Leah Meisterlin, and Special Project Office/archdaily.com Concept for Brighton Beach Library. 

 

Concept for Coney Island Wellness Library. Image Courtesy of team MASS Design Group/archdaily.com Concept for Coney Island Wellness Library.