May 2, 2016

Year in Architecture 2013: Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces


The 75,000 square foot addition/renovation to the Andrew G. Truxal Library at Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD, updated an original 1968 campus structure. The library now opens with a two-story, south-facing glass facade and features a 900 square foot student study area. CREDITS: EwingCole/RATIO Architects, architects; ©Halkin Architectural Photography LLC, photo.


The Brody Learning Commons at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University features a central atrium, with group study space (in blue) above and group seating, a café, and a visualization wall below. It overhangs the wall of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library. CREDITS: Shepley Bulfinch, architects; © Anton Grassl/Esto, photo.


The new $95.8 million James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, sets a new benchmark for access to immersive technologies. Its first floor features naught but a grand staircase and a window opening onto the library’s on-site bookBot. CREDITS: Snøhetta; Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee, architects; Jeff Goldberg/Esto, photo.


The $13 million renovation of the Clark Library, University of Portland, OR, opened up seating for 700, with access to 50 VDI workstations on the main floor. CREDITS: Soderstrom Architects, architect; Jeff Kennel, University of Portland, photo.


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