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 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.
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 new headquarters of Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, a long glass building on Viale Pasubio in Milan, opened on December 13 2016. Herzog & De Meuron’s project, though privately commissioned, is a simple yet surprising project of great value to the city.
A couple of years ago Floornature published an itinerary focusing on Italian bookstores specialising in architecture and design, in which Cintya Concari suggested, among others, Brac bookstore in Florence. We go back and take another look at it now that the interior design project by architects Javier Deferrari and Lavinia Modesti has been implemented.
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