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The best libraries on Dezeen, including the angular concrete OMA-designed Qatar National Library in Doha and a library aimed exclusively at women in Japan.

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Designed by Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem, this five-storey building contains space for 450,000 books wrapped around a large, top-lit atrium that connects the floors and breaks them into smaller spaces. Modern Library, Library Design, Lund, Oslo S, Studio Mumbai, Exposed Concrete, Central Library, Built Environment, Brutalist

Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem unveil Oslo's "huge but intimate" central library

Oslo's long-awaited Deichman Bjørvika central library, which stands alongside the Snøhetta-designed opera house, has opened to the public in Norway.

Oslo's long-awaited Deichman Bjørvika central library, which stands alongside the Snøhetta-designed opera house on the city's waterfront, has opened to the public in Norway. Interior Architecture, Interior Design, Central Library, Atrium, Oslo, Contemporary, Building, Atelier, Design Interiors

Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem unveil Oslo's "huge but intimate" central library

Oslo's long-awaited Deichman Bjørvika central library, which stands alongside the Snøhetta-designed opera house, has opened to the public in Norway.

A small flight of steps leads down to the children's building and to the third extension building. This is another single-storey building, occupied by a comfortable library-style living room with a wall of open shelves. Iron Balcony, Copper Roof, Small Courtyards, Old Cottage, Built In Furniture, Bike Shed, Timber Cladding, Ground Floor Plan, House Extensions

Smartvoll builds gabled timber-clad extension around old cottage in Austria

Architecture studio Smartvoll has preserved an old cottage in Klosterneuburg, enveloping it in three more buildings to create a spacious family home.

US firm Koning Eizenberg Architecture left worn-looking ornate walls, brickwork and columns inside this museum for children in Pittsburgh, which occupies a historic library that was struck by lightning. Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Columns Inside, Metal Beam, New Staircase, Building Renovation, Through The Roof, Ceiling Installation, Philadelphia Museum Of Art, Museums

MuseumLab opens in ruins of lightning-struck Pittsburgh library

US firm Koning Eizenberg Architecture left worn-looking ornate walls, brickwork and columns inside this museum for children in Pittsburgh.

A hill-like green roof with a skylight helps to blend this public library by Toronto architecture firm RDHA into its grassy surrounds. Toronto Architecture, Architecture Life, Contemporary Architecture, Glazed Walls, Picnic Area, Sustainable Design, Skylight, Pilot, Public

Grassy hill forms skylight over RDHA's Springdale Public Library near Toronto

A hill-like green roof with a skylight helps to blend this public library by Toronto architecture firm RDHA into its grassy surrounds.

A hill-like green roof with a skylight helps to blend this public library by Toronto architecture firm RDHA into its grassy surrounds. Toronto Architecture, Facade Architecture, Amazing Architecture, Roof Edge, Architect Magazine, Picnic Area, Nature Scenes, Sustainable Design, Skylight

Grassy hill forms skylight over RDHA's Springdale Public Library near Toronto

A hill-like green roof with a skylight helps to blend this public library by Toronto architecture firm RDHA into its grassy surrounds.

Alberto Bologna spotlights 10 key buildings from his book Chinese Brutalism Today, which examines the enduring trend of concrete architecture in China. China Architecture, Concrete Architecture, Concrete Building, Architecture Design, Chinese Buildings, Tourist Center, Exposed Concrete, Construction Worker, Brutalist

Chinese Brutalism Today explores China's best concrete buildings

Alberto Bologna spotlights 10 key buildings from his book Chinese Brutalism Today, which examines the enduring trend of concrete architecture in China.

Shau has completred Microlibrary Warak Kayu, a community library in Semarang, Indonesia, featuring a grand staircase, a net floor and a big communal swing. Community Library, Community Space, House On Stilts, Wooden Swings, Ground Floor Plan, Semarang, Grand Staircase, Architectural Features, Inspiration For Kids

Microlibrary Warak Kayu features a hammock-style floor and a swing

Shau has completred Microlibrary Warak Kayu, a community library in Semarang, Indonesia, featuring a grand staircase, a net floor and a big communal swing.

White stone lattice surrounds the entrance to Vidya Devi Jindal Paramedical College in Agroha, built in red sandstone by architecture practice SpaceMatters. External Staircase, Harappan, College Library, Run Around, Design Museum, Ground Floor, Canopy, Interior Architecture, Facade

Vidya Devi Jindal Paramedical College is clad in red and white sandstone

White stone lattice surrounds the entrance to Vidya Devi Jindal Paramedical College in Agroha, built in red sandstone by architecture practice SpaceMatters.

Image 3 of 9 from gallery of Diamond Schmitt Reveals Design for Ottawa Public Library and Archives Joint Facility. Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects Ottawa Parliament, Ottawa River, Project Site, Concert Hall, Reading Room, Architect Design, Atrium, Building Design, Entrance

Diamond Schmitt Architects designs Ottawa public library with wavy roof

Diamond Schmitt Architects has revealed a new building for Ottawa's public library system with a curvilinear roof and glass walls for expansive city views.

Image 7 of 9 from gallery of Diamond Schmitt Reveals Design for Ottawa Public Library and Archives Joint Facility. Courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects Ottawa Parliament, Ottawa River, Project Site, Dezeen, Reading Room, Architect Design, Atrium, Urban Design, Building Design

Diamond Schmitt Architects designs Ottawa public library with wavy roof

Diamond Schmitt Architects has revealed a new building for Ottawa's public library system with a curvilinear roof and glass walls for expansive city views.

New Homes for Sale in East Village, Calgary. East Village is one of Calgary’s first neighbourhoods and the the rejuvenation phase that is creating a new feel. Amazing Architecture, Architecture Details, Architecture Art, Cultural Architecture, Time Magazine, East Village, Calgary News, Central Library, Exterior

AIA announces best buildings by American architects in 2020 Honor Awards

The American Institute of Architects has announced the winners of its 2020 Honor Awards, including the Glenstone Museum and Snøhetta's Calgary library.

Wolfgang Tschapeller adds "floating" bookshelves to Cornell University library Library Architecture, Architecture Sketchbook, Architecture Portfolio, Sustainable Architecture, School Architecture, Art And Architecture, Victorian Architecture, Chief Architect, Architect Design

Wolfgang Tschapeller adds "floating" bookshelves to Cornell University library

Wolfgang Tschapeller has inserted suspended book shelving into a library at Cornell University, prompting criticisms about the potential for upskirting.

Wolfgang Tschapeller adds "floating" bookshelves to Cornell University library Library Architecture, School Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Cultural Architecture, Chief Architect, Architect Design, Roof Beam, Sight Lines, Floating Bookshelves

Wolfgang Tschapeller adds "floating" bookshelves to Cornell University library

Wolfgang Tschapeller has inserted suspended book shelving into a library at Cornell University, prompting criticisms about the potential for upskirting.

Wolfgang Tschapeller adds "floating" bookshelves to Cornell University library University Architecture, Library Architecture, School Architecture, Art And Architecture, Industrial Architecture, Architecture Interiors, Chief Architect, Architect Design, Climate Engineering

Wolfgang Tschapeller adds "floating" bookshelves to Cornell University library

Wolfgang Tschapeller has inserted suspended book shelving into a library at Cornell University, prompting criticisms about the potential for upskirting.

Architecture firm Wolfgang Tschapeller has inserted suspended book shelving into a library at Cornell University, prompting criticisms about the potential for upskirting. Chief Architect, Architect Design, School Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Contemporary Architecture, Monsters Inc Doors, Roof Beam, Sight Lines, Floating Bookshelves

Wolfgang Tschapeller adds "floating" bookshelves to Cornell University library

Wolfgang Tschapeller has inserted suspended book shelving into a library at Cornell University, prompting criticisms about the potential for upskirting.

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