HEKKTA’s Property Portal is back delivering the weekly round up of all that’s good and bad in property and architecture at the moment, and it’s the modern library that we are focusing on this week. Have a read and find out why…
David Adjaye’s library and events complex has won approval in Florida‘s Winter Park. He plans to create a “micro village” very near Martin Luther King Jr Park in Downtown Orlando. The $30 million (£22.7 million) Winter Park Public Library and Events Center will consist of three pavilions with the key feature being a library.
“Our goal is to create a vibrant community village that engages the beauty of the park, maximises social interactive spaces and holds collaborative learning and education at its core,” said Adjaye.
Perhaps many have been wondering what our beloved Barack Obama has been doing since he left office. Well he’s been working to open the Barack Obama Presidential Centre in Chicago by 2021, which will feature a museum, a library, a recording studio and an auditorium. He is currently raising the money for the centre which he hopes will serve as a centre for democracy, citizenship and civic engagement.
New York Public Library is set to have a bit of a make over as Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo unveil their plan. The work is for the Stephen A Schwarzman Building, the library’s main branch, which aims to increase the publicly accessible space by 20%. The project which will be completed in two stages in 2018 and 2020, is estimated to cost an enormous $317 million (£240 million). Guess knowledge really is money!