When the Boston Public Library, America's first publicly supported municipal library, opened the doors of the McKim Meade and White building in 1895, it was declared a "Palace for the People," and adorned with a neo-Renaissance cloister, lavish murals, and nearly every Italianate decoration to trick you into thinking Michelangelo was still roaming the earth.
That may have worked during the turn-of-the-century, but libraries have since evolved from this outdated aesthetic. The architecture of today's libraries increasingly looks to the future, which can prominently be seen in the submissions for the Architizer A+ Awards. No longer intimidating, old-fashioned buildings full of crotchety librarians "shushing," our picks for the Architizer A+ Libraries category reflect the progressive fundamental goal of educating upcoming generations in their innovative façades.
Spot a favorite? Make sure to vote for it over at the A+ Public Voting site!
South Mountain Community Library
The Horse On the Ceiling
Joe and Rika Mansueto Library
St. Louis Public Library, Central Library Renovation
St. Louis, Missouri
Medical Library Oasis (O.A.S.E.)
HPP Architects, ARGE Silvia Pappa_UKW Innenarchitekten