December 14, 2017

List of Architects | Year in Architecture 2017

The architects and designers behind this year’s libraries.

LJ’s Top Trends in Library Architecture | Year in Architecture 2017

As demonstrated in this year’s 82 building projects, completed between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, academic and public institutions are now regarded as places of community, of gathering, and of collaboration, even as reading remains in play. From Long Beach’s Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library to Harvard University’s Cabot Science Library, LJ explores some of the top trends in library architecture this year.

Restoring & Reimagining | Year in Architecture 2017

Model remodels at the Colchester–East Hants Public Library, Truro, NS; the Library! at Bown Crossing, Boise, ID; and the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Northern Lights Branch.

Year in Architecture 2016: Open for Business

This year’s selection of library construction efforts are each unique in their own way, but most share a significant guiding principle: keep it open. The 105 capital projects completed between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, exemplify a dedication to the totality of users’ experience with regard to sight lines, maneuverability, accessibility, and natural light but also in consideration of others’ ideas, needs, and potential. With atria, lots of glass, and coworking and group study spaces, libraries are indeed open for business.

Year in Architecture 2016: High, Wide, and Handsome

Featured: the Hewitt Public Library, TX; Dayton Metro Library Operations Center; and Oregon Branch Library, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

Year in Architecture 2016: Grand and Glorious

Featuring the Longwood Public Library, Middle Island, NY; Lewes Public Library, DE; Milton Library, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System; Libbie Mill Library, Henrico County Public Library, VA; and Northeast Regional Library, Raleigh, NC.

Year in Architecture 2016: Oh, To Be a Child Again

Featuring the Poway Library, San Diego County Library; San José Public Library’s Village Square Branch, CA; Jamestown Bluffs Library, St. Louis County Library, Florissant, MO; Winfield Library, KS; and Canfield Branch Library, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, OH.

Year in Architecture 2016: Reimagining and Remembering

Featuring the Boulder Public Library, CO; Brooklyn Park Library, MN; Marmalade Branch, Salt Lake City Public Library; Fretz Park Branch, Dallas Public Library; Kaysville Branch Library, UT; Eastside Branch of Kentucky’s Lexington Public Library.

Year in Architecture 2016: Creativity Is a Blank Canvas

Featuring Brown University’s Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio at the Rockefeller Library; the Bibliothèque Desjardins, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Drummondville; the James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University; and the Information Commons at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

Year in Architecture 2016: Designed To Shine

Featuring the Alpine Branch of the San Diego County Library and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh–Knoxville.