November 24, 2015

Year in Architecture 2012: The Best of Past and Present

The West Jordan Library & Viridian Event Center, Salt Lake County Library, is the perfect convergence of civic and recreational needs. The design captures the outdoors as flexible event space, with no need to add enclosed program areas. CREDITS: MHTN Architects, Inc., architect; photo, Trevor Muhler Photography.

The new Walpole Public Library, MA, more than 20 years in the making, encompasses four vertical volumes that anchor the building’s entries and highlight generous circulation paths, a grand sculptural stairway, and skylights for that open, airy feeling. CREDITS: Lerner Ladds Bartels (LLB) Architects, architect; photo, Bruce T. Martin Photography.

The winner of several design awards, including one for historic preservation, the remodeled and enlarged Golden Gate Valley Branch Library, San Francisco Public Library, made seismic upgrades while “creating a wonderful mix of old and new elements” within what was a 1917 Beaux-Arts structure. CREDITS: Paulett Taggart Architects and Tom Eliot Fisch, architects; photo, Bruce Damonte.

A former pizza restaurant in a destination shopping center, the Otay Ranch Branch Library, Chula Vista, CA, is now a “vibrant” space of bright patterns and bold colors attuned to the culture of Southern California. CREDITS: Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Inc., architect and photo.

A historically significant one-story bungalow built in 1917 meets a resurrected 1993 library in the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center, New Orleans. The addition houses shelving, computer stations, and the core elements of library service. CREDITS: Eskew + Dumez + Ripple, architects; photo, ©Timothy Hursley.

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