Calgary Central Library is wrapped in a striking, snowflake-like facade

November 7, 2018 by  
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Calgary’s new Central Library has just opened its doors to the public — and it’s a thing of elegant, energy-efficient beauty. International architecture firm Snøhetta teamed up with North America-based multidisciplinary design firm DIALOG to create the new main branch of the Calgary Public Library, one of the largest library systems on the continent. Wrapped in a dynamic, triple-glazed facade overlaid in an intricate, hexagonal pattern, the eye-catching library provides 240,000 square feet of expanded facilities in a contemporary and light-filled environment. Located in downtown Calgary and elevated above the Light Rail Transit Line, the $245 million CAD Calgary Central Library is the city’s largest public investment since the 1988 Olympics. Opened on Nov. 1, 2018, the library is expected to welcome over twice as many annual visitors and offer a strengthened role as a public gathering space with new areas dedicated to social interaction and exchange as well as sufficient spaces for studying and learning. The outdoor landscape has also been designed to facilitate public gatherings with outdoor amphitheaters and an entry plaza that unites the Downtown and East Village, two neighborhoods previously split by the Light Rail Transit Line. The outdoor planting plan references Calgary’s mountains and prairies with a palette of native flora. The crystalline geometry of the building facade dramatically stands out from the urban fabric while fritted glass cutouts provide views into the building from afar. “From these shapes emerge familiar forms: parts of the pattern might resemble an open book, snowflake-like linework or interlocking houses, anchoring the ideas of the collective and community,” the firm explained. “Most importantly, the entire building volume is enclosed in the same pattern, allowing all sides to function as the ‘front’ of the building. This visual vocabulary continues inside, expressed in the design of CPL’s new visual identity and wayfinding signage in the building, unifying the library’s goals of inclusivity.” Related: Snøhetta designs an energy-positive data center to fight climate change Inside, the library is spread out across six floors and lined with wood throughout. The floors are organized “on a spectrum of ‘fun’ to ‘serious’” with the more active programming, like the Children’s Library, placed on the lower floors and the quiet study areas and jewel box-like Great Reading Room on the upper floors. + Snøhetta + DIALOG Photography by Michael Grimm via Snøhetta

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14 amazing timber structures explore the future of wood as a building material

August 30, 2016 by  
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Fire Nest references the role fireplaces once played in building communities. As a place around which people gather, cook and share stories, the Fire Nest aims to expand and revive the role of fireplaces by accommodating different functions. Another project called Migrant Hous(ing) by Urban Think-Tank proposes a sprawling, informal wooden structure as a housing strategy for migrants. Community-driven and open to incremental upgrading, the prefabricated structure can be easily assembled and transported to different locations. Related: Hello Wood Unveils Epic Butterfly House Pavilion for the Budapest Spring Festival FORA ‘s The Bathhouse inverts the contemporary separation between privacy and exposure, and restores the public function of washing in the realm of the collective. Located at the heart of the village, the bathhouse functions as a space where participants can relax after a day spent building their projects. Play with Fire references the traditional Japanese technique of charring wood to extend its lifespan. The elongated structure is one of the camp’s first buildings and aims to contribute to its longevity. Inventory functions as a membrane where travelers can leave their gadgets and pass through a different world. The light, box-shaped object is reminiscent of the inventory in Moonrise Kingdom of Wes Anderson. Installed next to it is The Thread by Kosmos Architects , a “new kind of wall” that attracts instead of separating. The structure is built in layers according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and functions as a rudimentary shelter . The Parliament, another gathering space which fosters inclusivity and diversity, rethinks the archetypal outdoor amphitheater space. Here people can share food, welcome visitors, and discuss ideas. Related: Hello Wood’s massive Christmas trees will be dismantled and donated after the holidays “Project Village 2016 is the beginning of a new era for Hello Wood. We are building a rural campus that will be open throughout the year to welcome architects, artists, social scientists, and students. In our brief we asked for projects that address actual needs of the community, from the most mundane and pragmatic ones to the utmost spiritual. We were happy to see responses to these basic functions such as a sanctuary, a storage or a public kitchen, among others,” says Peter Pozsar, one of the founders of Hello Wood. + Hello Wood Lead photo by Photo by Gábor Somosk?i

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Sloping Green Roof Tops Submerged Multipurpose Hall on Jeju Island

March 21, 2014 by  
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Spring Cleaning: 6 Green Tips to Organize and Simplify Your Home

March 21, 2014 by  
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