South Mountain Community Library. (Bill Timmerman / Mark Boisclair)
As cities across the country struggle to bring new life to aging athenaeums and cash-strapped local libraries, the AIA has honored six outstanding examples of library design in this year’s AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. In the past we have seen a Walmart transformed into a library, a controversial starchitect renovation in New York, and an interactive, LED light-show—now take a look at these honored projects. From democratic design in the nation’s capital to a stunning Beaux-Arts restoration in St. Louis and high-tech solutions in North Carolina, this year’s winning projects present a range of answers to the challenges facing our fading repositories.
View the winners after the jump.
Filed Under: AIA, Awards, Cannon Design, Freelon Group, Houston, libraries, Library, NAAA + AWI +JRA, New York City, New York Public Library, Pear Brinkely Cease + Lee, Phoenix, Raleigh, Rice + Lipka Architecture, richärd+brauer, Snohetta, St. Louis, Top, Washington D.C.
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