November 25, 2015

Year in Architecture 2013: Fabulous & Functional

Fabulous & Functional


The Central Library of Brownsville Public Library System, TX, remodeled with a new 6,800 square foot Public Computing Center that also includes a computer lab just for teens. An overhead mural and chess tables add to the fun—and functionality. CREDITS: Walker-Perez Associates Architectural Services, architect and photography.


Newcastle County Bear Library, DE, takes advantage of its 40-foot ceilings to display “Lanterns,” constructed of sheets of polycarbonate and bent metal conduit and suspended over the main service desks to “light the way.” CREDITS: Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, architect; Kevin Chu & Jessica Paul, photo.


The Children’s Library at the Beverly Hills Public Library, CA, now features the magical Enchanted Woods Room that “celebrates the artistic tradition of children’s book illustration” with its fairy and folktale collection, playful elements, and comfortable seating. CREDITS: Johnson Favaro LLC, architect; Zale Richard Rubins, photo.


The cutting-edge Teen Place at Schaumburg Township District Library, IL, was converted from underused storage to provide a café area, gaming stations, and “very, very, very cool furniture.” CREDITS: Dewberry, architect; Mariusz Mizera, photo.


Going for a dual vibe of library and tech center, the Hillcrest Heights Branch Library, Temple Hills, MD, features a colorful and contemporary collection space, 61 public access computers, and a Wi-Fi bar and lounge. CREDITS: Gant Brunnett Architects, architect; Karl Connolly Photography, photo.


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