August 29, 2014

Year in Architecture 2012: Multifaceted Gems

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 40th 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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