February 5, 2016

Year in Architecture 2012: Multifaceted Gems

The new Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library of DCPL features a reflective mosaic of diamond-shaped windows that inside alternates transparent windows with wood panels for expansive views. CREDITS: Wiencek & Associates in Partnership with Adjaye Associates, architect; photo, ©Eric Taylor, EricTaylorPhoto.com.

The remodeled West Boynton Beach Branch, Palm Beach County Library System, FL, offers computers galore for patron use. CREDITS: Colome & Associates, Inc., architect and photo.

A natural alliance between historic preservation and sustainability, Julia Ideson Building, Houston Public Library, TX, is an ambitious public/private restoration and expansion project that remains true to its traditional style. CREDITS: Gensler, architect; photo, Rick Gardner.

A focus of the Rockmart Library, GA, is a fireplace composed of local and unique Rockmart stone that also wraps the interior columns. Ceiling baffles and wooden slats diffuse sound for a relaxed reading experience. CREDITS: Chad Smith, design architect,Precision Planning, project architect; photo, Robins Photography, Inc.

New fixtures light up the original trusses as well as the refurbished furniture in the historic reading room of the North Branch, Berkeley Public Library, CA. CREDITS: Architectural Resources Group with Tom Eliot Fisch, architect; photo, ©David Wakely.

Surf’s up at the Malibu Library, County of Los Angeles Public Library, where the teen space light well is filled with boards and photos of surfers adorn the walls. CREDITS: LPA Architecture, architect; photo, Costea Photography.

You won’t need a GPS to navigate the beautifully remodeled Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, with its collection of 200,000 original historic maps and 5,000 atlases. CREDITS: Gensler, architect; photo, ©Robert Benson.

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Bette-Lee Fox About Bette-Lee Fox

Bette-Lee Fox (blfox@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Celebrating her 43rd year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ’s Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews.

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