The Year in Architecture 2021

From open outdoor areas to fantastic and functional fixtures, sustainable systems to study spaces, LJ's 2021 Year in Architecture roundup celebrates the best new construction and renovation in public and academic libraries across the country.

Overview: Communal Connectors


Using sustainable design, organic aesthetics, and materiality, this year’s new and renovated libraries are activating communities by offering a bevy of richly resourced experiences anchored in well-being.

A listing of all architects attributed to the featured projects.


Photos (l.-r.): Ledding Library, Milwaukie, OR; Hacker–Architecture & Interior Design, architect, Jeremy Bittermann/JBSA, photo.
Missoula Public Library, MT; MSR Architects, A&E Design, architects; Lara Swimmer, photo.
Southwest Library, Washington DC Public Library; Perkins + Will, architect; photo ©2021 James Steinkamp Photography.


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