"The nominees are...
One of the five nominated libraries of the year is the Austin Central Library
in the USA, for its focus on sustainability, featuring its own energy
production and rainwater systems, as well as its high flexibility - in
terms of interior design and furniture.
The Villa-Lobos Park Library
in Brazil is also nominated. The jury explains this with the bright and
open environment of this public library, which makes it an attractive
place in which to spend time. In addition, it is highlighted as a very
active library, the interior design and architecture of which enable
activities of many different types to take place.
KopGroep Bibliotheken (School 7)
in the Netherlands is also among the nominees, based on the success of
the library in integrating with its surroundings and the cooperation
with the local theatre, café and university. Another explanation lies in
the interaction between old and new architecture, which harmoniously
emphasises the best of both.
The Norwegian public library Deichman Biblo Toyen
has been nominated for its extensive user involvement, which is
reflected in the interior design. In addition, the library’s efforts for
vulnerable young people for whom the library acts as a change agent, in
cooperation with local organisations and professional specialists.
The Tampines public library
in Singapore has been nominated, too. By facilitating sports and
leisure interests, library and citizen services, this library has become
a centrepiece for the citizens of Singapore. In addition, the jury
emphasises the open space and floors of the library, which are targeted
at different age groups."