March 18, 2018

Year in Architecture 2016: Reimagining and Remembering


The remodeled Boulder Public Library, CO, has an expanded teen zone, and the new kid-scale children’s area opens to the Mt. Sanitas Room, a flexible space for meetings, performances, lounging, and reading. CREDITS: studiotrope Design Collective, architect; David Lauer, photo


Hennepin County’s new 39,600 square foot Brooklyn Park Library, MN, encompasses a teen-focused tech center, a landscaped outdoor plaza, and a bike rack by artist Greg Mueller, inspired by an Ojibwe canoe. CREDITS: HGA Architects & Engineers, architect; Paul Crosby, photo


The Marmalade Branch, Salt Lake City Public Library, uses an exterior shading device along the west-facing glass to minimize solar heat gain yet promote a dynamic interaction with the street and passersby. CREDITS: Blalock and Partners, architect; BellaOra Studios, photo


Dallas’s renovated/expanded Fretz Park Branch was meant to complement the 1970s-style architecture with exposed brick, a wood structure, and extensive daylighting. CREDITS: PGAL, architect; Dana Hoff, photo


The Kaysville Branch Library, UT, incorporates elements that relate to the city’s history; for example, the slope of the roof reflects the shape of a former mill. It also houses an auditorium, a quiet study room, and a fireplace. CREDITS: FFKR Architects, architect; © 2015 Greg Evans Photography, photo


Previously a Jaguar Land Rover dealership, the new Eastside Branch of Kentucky’s Lexington Public Library features a stone-paneled fireplace centerpiece to the ground-floor corridors. CREDITS: Pearson & Peters Architects PLC, architect; Chris Phebus, photo


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