HomeDiagramsDatabaseMapsForumSkyscraper Posters
     

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Discussion Forums > Buildings & Architecture

Reply

 
Thread Tools Display Modes
     
     
  #41  
Old Posted Nov 14, 2011, 3:19 PM
HooverDam's Avatar
HooverDam HooverDam is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Country Club Park, Greater Coronado, Midtown, Phoenix, Az
Posts: 4,610
Phoenix has a pretty strong tradition of cool, modern libraries. The City has done a very nice job on its recent branch libraries. While nothing in this post is as grand or ornate as most of this thread I hope it can be appreciated on its own merits.

Phoenix, AZ- Burton Barr Central Library


Librarything.com


Flickr


(Flickr)
The north window has these sails on the outside that move to control how much light is let in on a hot day, it also provides a nice view of Midtown PHX


Wandering Book Artists Blog




(my photos)




(Flickr)

These supports that hold up the roof light up like candles on the summer solstice, its very cool.


(Flickr)
"The Crystal Canyon" is the main all glass elevator section of the middle of the building.

Phoenix- Desert Broom Branch Library

(all photos of this library from Flickr)













(the interior isn't as exciting, its just a small branch library, but I figured I should include one interior)

Phoenix- Cesar Chavez Branch Library


LibraryJournal.com


Metropolis Mag.com


MasonContractors.com


Masonrysystems.org


AECCafe.com

Scottsdale, AZ- Arabian Branch Library


(Flickr)


(Fickr)




This is the entrance! This library takes the typical library entrance; big, ornate, grand and turns it on its head. The entrance is almost hidden and you work your way through a shady man made slot canyon as you go into the library. I don't think this technique would work for a main Central Library but for this little branch library its a lot of fun.


(Flickr)


(Flickr)


(Flickr)


(Flickr)
This is the kids reading area


(Flickr)


(Flickr)


(Flickr)


(Flickr)

Hope you've enjoyed this mini tour of Modern Desert Library Architecture.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #42  
Old Posted Nov 14, 2011, 5:29 PM
amor de cosmos amor de cosmos is offline
BANNED
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: lodged against an abutment
Posts: 7,556
Quote:
Stuttgart’s Stadtbibliothek Library is a Glowing Rubik’s Cube-Inspired Haven for Readers
by Helen Morgan, 11/14/11




http://inhabitat.com/stuttgarts-stad...n-for-readers/
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #43  
Old Posted Nov 15, 2011, 12:29 PM
Codex Codex is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 120
Phoenix has some very innovative libraries and Stuttgart's new Library is also amazing. It's good to see such investment in libraries for future generations
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #44  
Old Posted Nov 16, 2011, 4:19 PM
Codex Codex is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 120
As this is a Skyscraper and Architecture Forum, here is the Art Deco 'Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) building at Portland Place in London, home to 'The British Architectural Library' .

http://www.architecture.com/LibraryD...BALibrary.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_I...ish_Architects

http://www.youtube.com/user/ribaarchitecture?ob=5

Video Link


Video Link





Royal Institute of British Architects - Portland Place, London by nick.garrod on Flickr


Royal Institute of British Architects - Portland Place, London by nick.garrod on Flickr


Royal Institute of British Architects - Portland Place, London by nick.garrod on Flickr


http://www.flickr.com/photos/timsidf... Place, London by sweetington on Flickr


Royal Institute of British Architects - Portland Place, London by James.Stringer on Flickr






Last edited by Codex; Nov 17, 2011 at 12:19 PM.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #45  
Old Posted Nov 18, 2011, 8:45 PM
Codex Codex is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 120
New University of Aberdeen Library - Scotland

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Aberdeen

Video Link



Source


Source

Last edited by Codex; Nov 18, 2011 at 10:53 PM.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #46  
Old Posted Nov 18, 2011, 9:38 PM
Codex Codex is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 120
New City Library - Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK - People's expectations of public libraries have grown substantially in the past decade, as can be seen from modern libraries such as this one with it's 24 hour returns, creche, electronic self service, wifi, internet access, foreign films and books, pc/video games, music and a whole host of other services.

http://community.newcastle.gov.uk/libraries/

http://www.ryderarchitecture.com/#pr...ublicbuildings

Video Link


Pics Source - ricaird (flickr)










































Last edited by Codex; Nov 19, 2011 at 8:34 PM.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #47  
Old Posted Nov 18, 2011, 10:59 PM
Codex Codex is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 120

Last edited by Codex; Dec 9, 2011 at 6:43 PM.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #48  
Old Posted Nov 21, 2011, 1:44 PM
MolsonExport's Avatar
MolsonExport MolsonExport is offline
The Vomit Bag.
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: The Tropic of Sir Galahad
Posts: 29,314
They are sure serious about books in the UK.
__________________
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. John Kenneth Galbraith
We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere.Elie Wiesel
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #49  
Old Posted Nov 21, 2011, 3:25 PM
Codex Codex is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 120
Quote:
Originally Posted by MolsonExport View Post
They are sure serious about books in the UK.
I suppose the French have always seen themselves as culturally superior in terms of art, the Italians have their great opera, artists and music, whilst the Germans and Austrians great orchestras and composers.

In terms of the British and indeed Irish (whilst we had some fine artists and musical composers) it was really in the field of the written and spoken word that we excelled.

Britain is defined by it's great writers, poets such as Rabbie Burns (Scotland), Dylan Thomas (Wales) and of course famous literary figures such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jane Austin, the Bronte sisters, Dickens etc, whilst the Irish have had such literary greats as Keats, Yates, Shaw, Joyce, Wilde etc etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_literature

More recently authors such as C.S Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, Roald Dahl, Philip Pullman and J. K. Rowling have had their work made in to lavish big screen productions.

Britain has also been home to a flourishing theatre culture, with London's West End being one of the great theatre centres of the world, along with New York's Broadway.

http://www.london-theatreland.co.uk/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_End_theatre

There are more than 900 bookshops in London (twice as many as New York), ranging from quirky and accentric independent shops through to large chains, and from the very exclusive such as Hatchards through to the second hand book shops around Charing Cross Road,Camden and Blooomsbury through to the Southbank Centre Book Market.

As a country we have a vast array of literature festivals such as Hay, Edinburgh, Oxford, Cheltenham etc as well as world famous literary awards, such as the Man Booker prize and Orange prize, the winners usually being annouced under baited breath in some lavish ceremony broadcast on BBC2 every year, and reported across the news channels.

http://www.thewordtravels.com/literary-festivals.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/bestbookshops

http://themanbookerprize.com/

Of all the other European Nations, the other great literary nation are the Russians, who are also defined by many of their great authors and who have always had a fascination with and appreciation of great literature. It's quite ironic I suppose that Karl Marx wrote his Communist Manifesto in the British Library, although I suppose the Americans have also been heavily influenced by the written word and indeed British writers such as Thomas Paine 'The Rights of Man' and of course the moral and social commentary of Victorian England as presented by Charles Dickens. Whilst Hollywood has long held love affair with British writers, the latest Hollywood production of a much loved British book being Michael Morputgo's 'War Horse' which is being released on to the big screen shortly, in a lavish Steven Spielberg adaptation. The again films are just a modern day extension of the theatre and of plays, and much of what is presented on the big screen starts out in the form of a book or script.

http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/british...n-bestsellers/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010...s-about-russia

http://www.warhorsemovie.com/

Daunt Books which specialises in travel books - Marylebone High Street, London

http://www.dauntbooks.co.uk/


Source: FractalOn (flickr)


Source - Ewan Munro (flickr)


Source:Hannah Swithinbank (Swiv)-Flickr


Source:Hannah Swithinbank (Swiv)-Flickr


Source:Hannah Swithinbank (Swiv)-Flickr


Source: Kake Pugh (flickr)


Source: liborus (flickr)


Source: Kake Pugh (flickr)


Source: Kake Pugh (flickr)


Source: Kake Pugh (flickr)


Source: Kake Pugh (flickr)


Source: RachelH (flickr)


Source: George Oates (flickr)


Source: Kake Pugh (flickr)


Source: Kake Pugh (flickr)


Source: Kake Pugh (flickr)


Source: curry15 having a long break (flickr)


Source: Yukino Miyazawa (flickr)


Source: Kake Pugh (flickr)


Source:Stephskimo (flickr)


Source: xpgomes5 (flickr)


Source:Tomasz Tom Kulbowski (flickr)

Last edited by Codex; Nov 24, 2011 at 5:14 PM.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #50  
Old Posted Nov 21, 2011, 5:23 PM
MolsonExport's Avatar
MolsonExport MolsonExport is offline
The Vomit Bag.
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: The Tropic of Sir Galahad
Posts: 29,314
^I'd love to while away a day at that bookstore.
__________________
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. John Kenneth Galbraith
We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere.Elie Wiesel
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #51  
Old Posted Nov 22, 2011, 2:29 PM
Codex Codex is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 120
Beaney Institute and Library - Canterbury, England

http://www.campbellreith.com/project...ney-institute/

http://sidellgibson.blogspot.com/201...anterbury.html

http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure_and_c...y_library.aspx

http://www.futurebeaney.com/main.cfm

Beaney - Refurbishment

Video Link





Source

Sheffield Central Library

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheffield_Central_Library


Source: ned1301 (flickr)

Leeds Central Library

Leeds Central Library reminds me of some Victorian Gothic Horror Show with it's heavy Victorian symbolism and statues, heavy gothic tiles and dark foreboding corridors

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leeds_Central_Library

A few of the Sculptures on the Staircase at Leeds Central Library











Leeds Central Library


Source: Reading Tom (flickr)


Source: Martin Q (flickr)


Source: Martin Q (flickr)


Source: Joanne & Armand (flickr)


Source: Joanne & Armand (flickr)


Source: Joanne & Armand (flickr)


Source: Joanne & Armand (flickr)


Source: Joanne & Armand (flickr)


Source: Joanne & Armand (flickr)

Green Room Cafe - Leeds Central Library


Source: Joanne & Armand (flickr)


Source: Joanne & Armand (flickr)

A group of owls standing guard ouitside Leeds Central Library -


Source: Martin Q

Leeds is also home to the beautiful Brotherton Library

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brotherton_Library


Source: Shane Lambert (flickr)


Source: gi_ai (flickr)

Last edited by Codex; Dec 9, 2011 at 6:14 PM.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #52  
Old Posted Nov 23, 2011, 2:59 PM
Codex Codex is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 120
Belfast Central Library - Ulster

Belfast is also home to a number of other superb libraries such as the Belfast Free Library, Linen Hall Library and Queen's University Belfast (one of the best Universities in Europe)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfast_Central_Library


Source - Lara2212 (flickr)

Linen Hall Library - Belfast

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linen_Hall_Library

http://www.linenhall.com/

http://www.hallblackdouglas.co.uk/template2.asp?pid=143





Source:RedCapicua (flickr)



As well as Trinity College Dublin Library, the city of Dublin is also home to the Marsh Library (Irelands oldest) and the National Library of Ireland

Marsh Library - Dublin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marsh's_Library

http://www.marshlibrary.ie/


Source: infomatique (flickr)

National Library of Ireland - Dublin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nationa...ary_of_Ireland

http://www.nli.ie/


Source

National Library of Ireland Reading Room


Source: Dublin City Of Literature (flickr)

Last edited by Codex; Nov 23, 2011 at 4:40 PM.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #53  
Old Posted Nov 23, 2011, 6:07 PM
MolsonExport's Avatar
MolsonExport MolsonExport is offline
The Vomit Bag.
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: The Tropic of Sir Galahad
Posts: 29,314
LOVE those Leeds libraries. Why am I stuck living in dulllibraryland?
__________________
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. John Kenneth Galbraith
We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere.Elie Wiesel
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #54  
Old Posted Nov 24, 2011, 12:11 PM
Codex Codex is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 120
Quote:
Originally Posted by MolsonExport View Post
LOVE those Leeds libraries. Why am I stuck living in dulllibraryland?
I think Illuminati and Freemason conspiracy nuts would have a field day in Leeds, the cities Coat of Arms is an Owl and there are Owls carved everywhere right across the city.

http://www.leedsowltrail.com/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/leeds/hi...00/8718235.stm


Source: Martin Q (flickr)

As for Libraries, there are beautiful libraries right across the world, just thought I would post a few British and Irish ones
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #55  
Old Posted Nov 25, 2011, 3:06 PM
Codex Codex is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 120
Gladstone's Library (St Deiniol's Library) - (Welsh: Llyfrgell Deiniol Sant). A Residential Library in Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales.

http://www.st-deiniols.com/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/200...n-wales-hotels

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladstone's_Library

You can see the library on the video below, just ignore the boring Psychology course information, as it was clearly made to promote a nearby Universities Psychology courses.

Video Link



Source: Friar's Balsam (flickr)


Source: BennBeck (flick)


Souce: Andy2580


Source: Friar's Balsam (flickr)


Source: Friar's Balsam (flickr)


Source: Friar's Balsam (flickr)


Source: Friar's Balsam (flickr)


Source: Friar's Balsam (flickr)

Last edited by Codex; Dec 9, 2011 at 6:33 PM.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #56  
Old Posted Nov 26, 2011, 8:28 PM
Codex Codex is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 120
Enfield Town Library (London) - award winning extension of the 'Carnegie' Enfield Town Library

The famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie built 660 public libraries across the UK.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ries_in_Europe

http://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/ch...e-of-libraries

Quote:

Enfield Town Library

Shepheard Epstein Hunter win Best Built Project - Enfield Town Library - announced last night at the London Planning Awards

Shepheard Epstein Hunter architects' Enfield Town Library was named ‘Best Built Project’ at the London Planning Awards last night, hosted by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.

Mayor Johnson said: ‘ the new building has turned the library around, both literally and metaphorically’


photo : Peter Durant

Enfield Town library, opened in March 2010 by Sir Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate, embodies Enfield’s vision of a friendly, accessible and welcoming building, more like a bookshop than a traditional library.

Work started on site in 2009 for the extension, refurbishment and remodelling of the existing much-loved Edwardian library building at the heart of the Enfield Town Conservation Area.

The main public entrance is relocated from Cecil Road to the adjoining Library Green which is used as an ice rink at Christmas and has been improved with fountain, artwork and new planting with habitats for wildlife, including log piles, bat boxes and bird boxes. London Mayor Boris Johnson said ‘the new building has turned the library around, both literally and metaphorically’

The main glazed entrance elevation is like a shop window and faces north, avoiding solar gain, while the other more solid stone elevations shield the library from surrounding traffic noise.

Positioned at the end of the high street the Library has a landmark presence and offers extensive views of the improved Green.

The renewed library has attracted a much wider range of users than previously, particularly in the younger age group.

The old and new buildings are linked with a two storey top-lit atrium that provides natural light into the centre of the plan and helps visitors’ orientation.

The structural concrete frame and soffits of the new extension are exposed.

An array of boreholes sunk some 100m below the Green provides a large portion of the heating and cooling requirements of the building from a renewable energy source.

The building has achieved a BREEAM rating of 'Excellent'.


http://www.e-architect.co.uk/london/enfield_library.htm



Video Link



Source: e-architect


Source: World Architecture News


Source: World Architecture News


Source: World Architecture News


Source: World Architecture News

Last edited by Codex; Nov 26, 2011 at 9:10 PM.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #58  
Old Posted Nov 27, 2011, 8:55 PM
Codex Codex is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 120
Gonville & Caius Library - Cambridge

http://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/library

One of the hundreds of college, department and associated libraries which form part of both Cambridge and Oxford Universities vast library system.


Source: hchalkley (flickr)

Caius Library - University of Cambridge 800th Anniversary (1209 - 2009)


Source: DSChan (flickr)

Last edited by Codex; Nov 27, 2011 at 9:12 PM.
Reply With Quote
     
     
  #59  
Old Posted Nov 27, 2011, 9:43 PM
Codex Codex is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 120

Last edited by Codex; Nov 28, 2011 at 1:15 PM.
Reply With Quote
     
           
     
This discussion thread continues

Use the page links to the lower-right to go to the next page for additional posts
 
 
Reply

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Discussion Forums > Buildings & Architecture
Forum Jump


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 9:49 PM.

     

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.