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A Public Library That’s Nicer Than The Fanciest Tech Offices

“Libraries are like the Madonnas of the architectural world—changing, evolving, and morphing with the times. Now they’re in the midst of a technological reinvention. And as they shed their physical media and go digital, libraries’ most significant contribution to a community is often not as a repository of books—but a beacon that draws people together. Thionville—a city in Northeastern France near the Luxembourg border—opened a new library last year that embodies this shift.”(via Co.Design)

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Does Lauderdale library’s ‘brutal’ design make it a landmark?

“It’s not often you can use the word brutal to describe how a building looks and have it be considered a good thing. But that’s precisely how to assess the Broward County Main Library, the work of an internationally acclaimed team steeped in the Brutalist style of architecture. Brutalism, a form of modernism, is typically austere, with walls of rough, unadorned precast concrete and an emphasis on function, with results that can appear plain or crude. The downtown library’s architects improvised a “soft” brutalism, covering the exterior concrete with Florida keystone and creating a “glass curtain” on the library’s north side that blurs where the indoors stops and the outdoors begins.” (via Sun Sentinel)

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