January 14, 2018

Year in Architecture 2016: High, Wide, and Handsome


Aside from checking out materials at the expansive new Hewitt Public Library, TX, patrons can view museum-quality artwork, use state-of-the-art technology, and gather for lively discussions at the library’s coffee bar. Raised ceilings and massive windows create an airy, open atmosphere. CREDITS: RBDR, architect; Aaron Jetelina, photo


The Dayton Metro Library Operations Center reactivates an abandoned 1883-built brewery–turned–music store to house all administration and back-end functions. CREDITS: Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, w/Levin Porter, architect and photo


The Oregon Branch Library, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, grew by 3,500 square feet in this project that took down walls and expanded sight lines. Red highlights acknowledge the original brick and the branded service points throughout. CREDITS: HBM Architects, architects; Tonda McKay, photo


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