Here are some of the most beautiful contemporary libraries around the world
Helsinki Central Library Oodi
West Loop Branch, Chicago Public Library
The new West Loop Library is the first-ever Chicago Public Library branch in the community and the 81st for the city. Donated to the City of Chicago by Sterling Bay as part of the ongoing development and transformation of the West Loop, the two-story adaptive reuse project preserves the industrial character of two buildings that were formerly part of the Harpo Studios campus, while creating a new cultural and social center for the neighborhood.
Tingbjerg Library and Culture House is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The aim of the project is to serve as an urban catalyst and an architectural framework for social and cultural activities, thereby contributing to a positive development of the local community – currently a marginalized area with high crime rates but also an architectural cornerstone in Danish modernism.
Tūranga Christchurch Central Library
Calgary Central Library
The building of Calgary Central Library is sited within a complex urban condition, where a fully operational Light Rail Transit Line crosses the site from above to below ground on a curved half- moon path, dividing Downtown and East Village. In response, the design lifts the main entry over the encapsulated train line. Gently terraced slopes rise up to the heart of the building, allowing for people arriving from every direction to interact with the library.
In Dandaji, a Hausa village in Western Niger, an adobe mosque that had fallen into disrepair has been converted into a library and community center. The architects Atelier Masomi and Studio Chahar renovated the existing adobe building. Still, instead of using traditional wood inside, which is scarce, they opted for metal partitions and stairs and a new mezzanine level. There are well-lit study spaces – helpful in doing homework if there is no electricity at home – and areas for adult literacy classes, which local women requested.