Snøhetta and DIALOG have released the final design for their competition-winning New Central Library in Calgary.

Planned for a vibrant intersection between Downtown Calgary and the East Village, the new library aims to fulfill the city’s vision for a “technologically advanced public space for innovation, research and collaboration.”

The exterior’s fritted glass openings are strategically transparent in library’s most public areas as an attempt to encourage pedestrians to enter.

The encapsulation of the existing Light Trail Train is currently underway, and the new Calgary Public Library is expected to be completed in 2018.

At its mid-section, the building lifts to form an arched, wood-clad entry that serves as a new public plaza and directly connects pedestrians through the site from the neighboring communities.

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Conceived as a reaction to the strict geometry of the master plan, the Art & City museum by is an amorphous building that seems like it has landed on the earth.

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Although it has contemporary presence, there is a chance to think over what the term “local culture” means, where it is rooted and what it can become in the future.MAD Architects

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Influenced by both Chinese and Russian culture, Harbin is reputed as the music capital of the north. Different from other theater buildings that are normally located in the urban center, Harbin Grand Theater will not act as an isolated landmark for the city, but the natural continuation of the human spirit.

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Surrounded by rivers, the Cultural Island embraces the wide riverbank as its background appearing as a glacier stretching and connecting to each other into a cohesive whole.

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But far from the ambition of more than one hundred year ago, when people tried to challenge themselves with modern technology and future dreams, the contemporary CBD buildings are the concrete machines, copy of the copy in mass production.

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The whole building is turned into a melting box, a starting point for the urban grid to change from the solid efficiency into the liquid idea.

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