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  • Kinch, "Baryatric Caryatids." Exterior perspective, rendering.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Kinch: This proposal for a new library in Copenhagen explores the use of figurative elements in multiple performative scales to produce an architecture that defies totalistic readings.

    (sampled) image: Rachel RUYSCH.

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  • Zach BEALE, "The Infernal." Approach.
    savannah GEORGIA

    Savannah College of Art and Design
    critic: Catalina STROTHER.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Zach BEALE: The project began as the creation of a mediatheque, next to Savannah’s own Jen Library.

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  • Robert Stuart-Smith Design ltd., "Helsinki Public Library."
    london UNITED KINGDOM

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Robert Stuart-Smith Design ltd.: This Helsinki Public Library competition entry won a third-place vote by the Finnish public within a public exhibition of over 544 entries.

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  • Florencia PITA/FPmod, Taichung City Cultural Center.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    This proposal for the Taichung City Cultural Center is a singular, landmark building, which encompasses both the Taichung Public Library and the Taichung Fine Arts Museum. In response to Taichung City Government’s initiative to develop a notable entryway to Taichung Gateway Park, we propose a building that formally yields a “gateway” into the new park. Much like natural occurring openings between large rock formations, grand breezeways or tunnels are proposed to separate the two volumes of the library and museum. Through a series of studies and manipulations of historical archway precedents, a three-dimensional form of the tunnels was generated.

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  • Patrick Tighe Architecture, Taichung City Cultural Center. Sculpture garden, view.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    The Taichung City Cultural Center stands as the gateway into Taichung Gateway Park in the Taichung Gateway District. The facility will include a world-class Museum of Fine Arts and a Public Library. Located on the northern end of the Park, The project will provide citizens with a multipurpose cultural, artistic and recreational facility.

    The Taichung Cultural Center is first and foremost a symbol of progress. The building will command an International presence attracting venues and promoting new forms of the Arts. The building will have an iconic presence. The technologically advanced, environmentally mindful scheme projects a sophisticated, lively, progressive, forward thinking vision, catapulting Taichung into the 21st century.

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  • Daegu Gosan Library
    hong kong CHINA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Łukasz WAWRZEŃCZYK, Frisly COLOP MORALES, Jason EASTER, & Adrian YAU: The cultural importance of the public library lies within the inherent power of the knowledge which it holds. This knowledge can be a significant life-altering force for the patrons of the library and furthermore within the larger community which it serves. The methods by which this information is contained and transmitted are continually evolving, yet the correlation between access to such information and issues such as upward social mobility and increased life opportunity are evident.

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  • Modulo Prep Library
    san diego CALIFORNIA

    CRO Studio, founded by Woodbury School of Architecture professor Marcel Sanchez and his partner Adriana Cuellar, is a recipient of a 60th annual Progressive Architecture Award. The P/A Award represents one of the highest honors in the profession and was given to Sanchez and Cuellar for their project Modulo Prep Library in Tijuana, Mexico. Other 2013 recipients include several of the most distinguished firms in contemporary practice: Asymptote Architecture, BIG, Perkins+Will, and Barkow Leibinger.

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  • Green Lung
    vienna AUSTRIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Sergio GONZÁLEZ, Luis MUÑIZ, Stephan SOBL, & Giacomo TINARI: The gentle slope of the Makasiinipuisto park promenade leads to the heart of the design, an eighteen meter high glass roofed central courtyard; the green lung. Connecting to all major program areas and behaving as a pedestrian distributor the courtyard and hanging gardens elude to a lively urban piazza . The children’s space, offices, workrooms and restaurants reside to the north of the green lung. While on the southern end is the library, illuminated through a system of skylights and redirection lighting systems.

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  • Ambient Exchange
    calgary CANADA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Synthetiques & minus Architecture studio {MAS}: Libraries are increasingly the places in which culture is produced, collected and disseminated. The Ambient Exchange promotes a culture of collaboration, creative inquiry and community engagement through provision of functional and exuberant spaces that engage the strong social and craft-oriented traditions of the Finnish built environment.

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  • Daegu Gosan Public Library
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Synthesis Design + Architecture (alvin HUANG): The proposal for the Daegu Gosan Public Library challenges the conventional understanding of the spatial and social experience of a public library as a series of discrete reading rooms with defined thresholds and cluttered stacks. We propose an intelligent, open, and integrated library experience which supersedes the media storage methods of the past and changes the library space into a hybrid environment through ubiquitous information resources, integrated furnishings and active communal social spaces.

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