Year in Architecture 2016: Designed To Shine

Featuring the Alpine Branch of the San Diego County Library and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh–Knoxville.
ljx161102webarchgallery4a With solar panels angled south and specially treated windows to let in daylight, the Alpine Branch of the San Diego County Library lessens the use of artificial lighting—one reason it’s the first county building to be zero net energy. CREDITS: Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects; Design Architect Manuel Oncina; and C.W. Driver, construction; Manuel Oncina Architects, Inc., & Pablo Mason, photo. ljx161102webarchgallery4b The open plan of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh–Knoxville features views to the exterior, while recessed reading nooks and unique seating in the children’s area reflect the library’s goal to enhance patrons’ overall experience. CREDITS: GBBN/EDGE Studio, architect; photo ©2016 Ed Massery RETURN TO MAIN ARTICLE

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