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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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Tiers of marble bookcases feature inside the grand Qatar National Library, which Rem Koolhaas' firm OMA created in Doha to house important Qatari texts and manuscripts.
Cabinet D Architecture
Cut-outs punctuate the building, offering views of the sea and sky. Photo by CreatAR Images.
The library was cast in white concrete.
Precast Concrete Panels
Laminated Veneer Lumber
Architecture practice Studio Weave has added a wood-lined community centre to Lea Bridge Library in east London, with a red-concrete colonnade that references the original grade II-listed redbrick building.
The interior is lined with wood.
The Stanbridge Mill Library is organised around a barrel-vaulted arcade.
Energy Efficient Homes
The studio has transformed it into a library and office.
Structure And Function
Skylights funnel natural light into the interior.
Interior Design Studio
Interior Design Firms
Small Study Table
Two vacant ground-floor rooms and an adjoining greenhouse were knocked together and lined with bookshelves to form this private library, designed by Atelier Tao+C for a venture capital firm in Shanghai.
Outdoor Play Spaces
Shanghai Library East is the largest library in China.
The studio introduced views throughout the building.
Redbrick piers and cross-laminated timber break up the space.
Timber Frame House
The east and west elevations of the building filter light inside,
The building has a gridded facade with transparent, translucent and opaque panels.
Glass Curtain Wall
Architecture Art Design
The interior of the new lobby was clad in timber.
Local studio MAYU Architects has extended and renovated a cultural centre in Pingtung City, Taiwan, adding a spacious entrance pavilion that is designed to bring a feeling of transparency to the formerly "hermetic" 1983 building.
Walk On Water
A platform in the pool, which has no external railing, can be reached by a series of stepping stones.
Ground Floor Plan
Shelving is integrated into the internal wall, while full-height glazing gives views out across the sea. Flanking the main reading room is a tea room, water bar and toilets.
Christian De Portzamparc
Embedded into the hillside, the single-storey library is made up of a round reading room surrounding a central dark room.
Crystal Clear Pools
Set on the hillside above Shuangyue Bay near Huizhou City in China's Guangdong Province, the library consists of two geometric forms – a circular library and a long white wall.
Chinese studio 3andwich Design has unveiled the circular Water Drop Library in Shuangyue Bay, China, which is topped with a pool overlooking the sea.
Lights made out of buckets hang over the bar.
Each object is numbered and explained in an accompanying pamphlet.
The bar is framed by two recycled fridge-freezers.
An ad-hoc sound system plays a soundtrack of Jamaican folk music.