Architect's refurbished Giles Gilbert Scott building in Oxford reopened this weekend as the Weston Library
Ten storeys high, with gold cladding and neon elevators, Mecanoo's Library of Birmingham is a confident riposte to those who think this building type should go quietly. But does a library lose something when it starts to shout, asks Owen Pritchard?
Helsinki architect JKMM’s copper-clad extension to Alvar Aalto’s 1967 library is a bold attempt to move on from the golden age of Finnish design.
Zaha Hadid has built an imposing cultural centre on the outskirts of Montpellier, which hopes to help to revive a down-at-heel suburb.
Ten years on from his Idea Stores in London, David Adjaye attempts a similarly optimistic civic architecture in two projects in Washington DC.
Stephen Holl’s recent projects range from vast “cities within cities” in Shenzen and Chengdu to smaller works in natural settings – a surf centre on Biarritz’s Atlantic coast and an art museum in Nanjing. Here he talks about the challenges of operating at both ends of the scale.