March 17, 2018

Year in Architecture 2016: Creativity Is a Blank Canvas


Brown University’s Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio at the Rockefeller Library provides a flexible environment that fosters creativity; patrons can write on and move the walls. CREDITS: Höweler + Yoon Architecture, LLP, architect; ©2016 John Horner, photo.


The Bibliothèque Desjardins, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Drummondville, encompasses 20′ ceilings, four group study rooms, 100 individual study spaces, and a computer lab. The interior is entirely white, the “idea being that color will be added by the students.” CREDITS: Daoust Lestage Inc., architect; Etienne Audet, photo.


A 2016 LJ academic New Landmark Library, the James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, has a 300-seat event space, a ground-floor café, reading rooms and collaborative study spaces, and a high-performance building envelope with solar shading. CREDITS: Shepley Bulfinch (design), Moseley Architects (architect of record), architects; Alan Jones © 2016 VCU University Marketing, photo.


A 1,300 square foot area previously hidden behind a stone wall became the Information Commons at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. It’s glass-enclosed to open the space visually while maintaining an acoustical barrier. CREDITS: Harvard Jolly Architecture, architect; ©2016 Rich Montalbano/RiMo Photo, LLC, photo.


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