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Apple Carnegie Library wins American Architecture Award in restoration and renovation category

Architecture studio Foster + Partners has received an American Architecture Award for its renovation and revitalization of the Carnegie Library of Washington D.C., which now hosts Apple Carnegie Library.

Opened in 1903, the building served as Washington D.C.’s first public library and its first desegregated public building. The building, initially designed by Ackerman & Ross, is well known for its Beaux-Arts style that draws heavily from French neoclassicism, gothic, and Renaissance elements.

The building had fallen into disuse between the turn of the twenty-first century and 2017 when Apple began renovating the library into the city’s second Apple Store location, Apple Carnegie Library.

The renovation was undertaken by Foster + Partners, a British international architecture design headquartered in London. The renovation took approximately two years, with the location reopening in May 2019.

The interior has been renovated using materials fitting the historical surroundings and inspired by the distinctive twentieth-century

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Olympic Stadium renovation wins Finlandia architecture award | Yle Uutiset


Olympiastadion on uusittu kauttaaltaan.
The renovation took into account the historical values and functionality of the building.

Image: Stadion-säätiö / Wellu Hämäläinen

The renovation of Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium, which included the addition of a multi-purpose extension and a new roof, has won the prestigious Finlandia Prize for Architecture.

The award often recognises the history and importance of older buildings in Finnish society, and last year’s winner was the modernist Serpentine House apartment complex, located in the Käpylä district of Helsinki.

Coincidentally, renowned Finnish architect Yrjö Lindegren was involved in the original design of both this year’s winner and last year’s. The 1938-constructed Olympic Stadium was designed by Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti, and was closed for four years while it underwent a major renovation, which was completed in August.

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Helsingin Olympiastadion uudistuksen jälkeen

The stadium’s capacity has been increased to 36,200.


Image:
Juha Kivioja / Yle

The Finlandia Prize winner this year was chosen

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Slide is centrepiece of Walker house renovation by Reflect Architecture

Reflect Architecture has renovated a house for a young family living in Toronto, Canada, by brightening its truncated interiors and twisting a blue slide through its centre.

The update to the house, which is named Walker, was focused on reconfiguring the existing layout to create lighter, open spaces that better serve the family’s lifestyle and encourage them to spend time together and play.

Walker house in Toronto, Canada, by Reflect Architecture
The exterior of Walker. Top image: the children’s slide

Walker’s centrepiece is the children’s spiralling blue slide, which plummets through the heart of the house and connects the basement level to the ground floor.

The slide was designed by Reflect Architecture to animate the lower-level so that it did “not feel like a basement” and to also help bring in natural light via the large opening that it required.

Walker house in Toronto, Canada, by Reflect Architecture
A folding staircase is positioned next to the slide

“Both of the parents are entrepreneurs in the health

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The Scott House: A $7 million renovation is now complete on ‘one of Richmond’s supreme examples of Edwardian architecture’ | Great Homes of Richmond

The Scotts, who had previously lived in a nearby townhouse, knew the firm’s principals, William Noland and Henry Baskervill, socially, and they attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with Noland.

The Scotts first asked Noland & Baskervill to design a striking Norman Revival-style carriage house.  Then work shifted to the house itself.

The firm produced floorplan and elevation drawings for the house in 1907, but it continued to make design changes and detail drawings up to 1910.  The Scotts moved into the house on Dec. 10, 1910.

Although the house appears to be two stories tall from the street, it actually has three stories – and more than 18,700 square feet of living space.

A revolutionary statement

“When it was completed, the Scott House was a revolutionary architectural statement,” Novelli said.  “With its tall classical columns and light-colored stone cladding, it was a striking contrast to the medieval towers and turrets

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