2011 AIA / ALA Library Building Awards

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To encourage excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries, the AIA and the American Library Association/Library Administration and Management Association created this award to distinguish accomplishments in library architecture. Click here to view all 2011 AIA Awards Recipients.

Arkansas Studies Institute

Arkansas Studies Institute

  • Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

The design philosophy is based literally on the book - a physical container of information, with pages flowing into a site-sensitive narrative of the building's function.

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Kaust Library

KAUST Library

  • HOK

The library engages light to create a marvelous and palpable sense of temporality that enriches its character and makes it an iconic part of its campus.

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Mattapan Branch Library, Boston Public Library

Mattapan Branch Library, Boston Public Library

  • William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

Embracing the City's commitment to Green Building, the New Branch Library focuses sustainable design strategies on Energy Performance, Water Conservation, Sustainable Site Design and Materials, and Indoor Air quality.

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Phoenix Public Library enveloped by an Urban Park

Harmon Library, Phoenix Public Library

  • Richard + Bauer Interior Design

Celebrating the wide diversity and demographic of the community, the building is conceived as a Kaleidoscope; a primary linear space containing the common shared functions flanked by discrete age-dependent areas.

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William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library

William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library

  • Gund Partnership

Transparency and openness clarify the organization of the library. Users immediately understand the library's organization and spatial hierarchy.

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