Last Friday, Temple University announced that plans for a new library are still in motion, even though they scrapped plans for a new library on Broad Street a few weeks ago. Instead of building on Broad, a new Snøhetta designed library will rise at the corner of 13th and Norris Streets, where Barton Hall currently stands.
Though there are no renderings available for the new site yet, the building will be somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000 sq ft, and take $190M to complete. The new library is expected to open for business in 2018.
Snøhetta is known for collaborating with artists to create their designs, and they've worked all over the globe. Some of their most important projects include the redesign of Times Square in New York, the Oslo Opera House, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt, The Norweigian Embassy in Berlin, and the National Museum Pavillion at the September 11th Memorial in New York.
· New library to replace Barton Hall [The Temple News]
· Temple Puts the Kibosh on New Library Plans [Curbed Philly]
· Nordic Starchitects to Design Fancy Library for Temple [Curbed Philly]