At the end of a competitive tender process by invitation announced in 2010 Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter (RRA) was successful in winning the project for the Kimen Stjørdal Cultural Centre, in the heart of Norway. RRA designed a technological container of concrete, steel and glass with a roof inspired by the local traditional houses which have double-pitched roofs.
Alexis de Tocqueville Library, designed by OMA and opened on January 13, 2017, is an architectural response to the need of the community of Caen la mer in France for a new kind of public library appropriate for the 21st century, rather than just a larger facility for the city.
The renovation work on the Quadrilatère Richelieu, home to the Bibliotèque Nationale de France, is due to be completed in 2020, creating a precious treasure chest containing a pole of excellence for history and the arts in central Paris. The French authorities inaugurated the halls constituting the first part of the renovation project in January.
The National Library of Latvia in Riga by Gunnar Birkerts Architects is one of the eight recipients chosen by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) for the 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Award.
The concert hall in the palace of culture in Dresden, home to the city’s philharmonic orchestra, reopened on April 28. The renovation project by von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) also encompasses the city’s central library and the Herkuleskeule Cabaret.