December 19, 2014

Year in Architecture 2012: Spaces To Grow

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Artwork from Ashley Bryan’s book Let It Shine brightens the Play, Learn and Grow children’s area at the new Warrensville Heights Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH. Activity stations help to foster early literacy skills. CREDITS: HBM Architects, architect; photo, Kevin G. Reeves Photography.

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The remodeled and expanded Loveland Public Library, CO, has already achieved LEED Gold certification for sustainably cohabitating with its Civic Center neighbors and blending with the built environment. CREDITS: Belford Waktins Group, architect; photo, Tim O’Hara.

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The Milton R. Abrahams Branch, Omaha Public Library, remodeled more than 20,000 square feet of space and opened up space for flexibility and visual interest. CREDITS: Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, architect; photo, Anne Hillen & Erin Giannangelo.

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The two-story renovation of the Wilbur Aalfs (Main) Library, Sioux City Public Library, IA, has been referred to as a “dramatic transformation” of space, with an active ground-floor level and multipurpose study nooks and a new computer lab upstairs. CREDITS: FEH Associates, Inc., architects; photo, Jacob Sharp.

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What do you get when you remodel a 1968 library in a declining downtown area? The renovated and expanded New Castle Branch Library, Garfield County Public Library District, CO, with an additional 6,000 square feet, a raised roof over half the structure, and stained glue-lam beams that match the interior wood finishes. CREDITS: A4 Architecture, architect; photo, Greg Watts.

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Oh, what a beautiful building, is the Patience Latting Northwest Library, Oklahoma City, emphasizing its cornstalk and oil well heritage in stunning stack end panels and a majestic separation between the stacks and the quiet reading area. CREDITS: richärd + bauer, architect; photo, ©Joseph Mills, Joseph Mills Photography.

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  1. All beautiful spaces! Thank you for including Omaha Public Library’s Milton R. Abrahams Branch on your list.