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The best libraries on Dezeen, including the angular concrete OMA-designed Qatar National Library in Doha and a library aimed exclusively at women in Japan.
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The east and west elevations of the building filter light inside,
The building has a gridded facade with transparent, translucent and opaque panels.
The interior of the new lobby was clad in timber.
Local studio MAYU Architects has extended and renovated a cultural centre in Pingtung City, Taiwan, adding a spacious entrance pavilion that is designed to bring a feeling of transparency to the formerly "hermetic" 1983 building.
Glass Curtain Wall
Natural Swimming Pools
A platform in the pool, which has no external railing, can be reached by a series of stepping stones.
Ground Floor Plan
Shelving is integrated into the internal wall, while full-height glazing gives views out across the sea. Flanking the main reading room is a tea room, water bar and toilets.
Christian De Portzamparc
Embedded into the hillside, the single-storey library is made up of a round reading room surrounding a central dark room.
Crystal Clear Pools
Set on the hillside above Shuangyue Bay near Huizhou City in China's Guangdong Province, the library consists of two geometric forms – a circular library and a long white wall.
Chinese studio 3andwich Design has unveiled the circular Water Drop Library in Shuangyue Bay, China, which is topped with a pool overlooking the sea.
Lights made out of buckets hang over the bar.
Each object is numbered and explained in an accompanying pamphlet.
The bar is framed by two recycled fridge-freezers.
An ad-hoc sound system plays a soundtrack of Jamaican folk music.
Kioskö is installed in the Spanish Library at Harewood House.
Royal National Theatre
The interior was sensitively updated to suit modern use.
The Winter Park Library and Events Center comprises three pavilions and was described as a "micro-village" by Adjaye Associates.
British architecture firm Adjaye Associates has designed a collection of pigmented-concrete pavilions in Winter Park, Florida, to house a library and an events centre.
Snøhetta reduced the library's glass height on the eastern and western walls, while sun-shading systems cover the southern and western sides of the building's facades.
The library will take shape as a glass-enclosed structure characterised by a collection of tree-like columns that support the library's roof above.
Norwegian architecture studio Snøhetta has unveiled designs for a 16-metre-tall glass-enclosed library in Beijing formed from pillars that create a forest-like canopy.
Martin Luther King
Public Library Design
Civil Rights Leaders
Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
Frank Lloyd Wright
Martin Luther King Memorial
A partially sheltered rooftop garden was added to to roof. Photo is by Robert Benson.
Basement Floor Plans
Wood clads the walls of the new auditorium.
The architects added two statement staircases to the library.