Takao Shiotsuka responds to the city of Taketa’s need for a new public library with a project reflecting the urban scale on which the town is built. Takao Shiotsuka has come up with a diagonal layout to fit the building into a fragmented lot, turning it inward.
A bookstore right off the contemporary architecture tracks: Wuguan Books by Chu Chih-kang Space Design in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan is nothing at all like the current wave of huge, hyper-technological bookstores.
With the project for the Art Museum and Library of Ota in Japan, Akihisa Hirata has redeveloped the area of the north entrance to a railway station and encouraged pedestrian traffic towards the historic city centre.
The new Birmingham Library that replaces the old building is connected with the REP Theatre to create an urban landmark for the whole city, particularly young people, adding an interesting new project to Mecanoo’s curriculum
Utopia, the Library and Academy of Performing Arts completed recently by KAAN Architecten, redesigns parts of the historic town centre of Aalst, underlining its urban context and incorporating a late nineteenth-century historic building into the new complex.
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