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05/10/2021 Comments (0) Architecture, Culture, Other, Real Estate

Oslo, a public library that opens onto the city

The librarians wanted a construction that would encourage visitors to explore all the new installations and activities that a modern library has to offer. 

The Deichman Bjørvika (Deichman Library) is an intriguing, 18,000 m², open building where you are constantly encouraged to discover a new space around the next corner. The site is relatively small. To avoid building too high, the building is cantilevered in relation to its footprint. The first floor therefore overlooks the street, while the fourth floor is almost 20 metres above the city and creates a protective shelter over the entrance.

The design of the building, a joint work by architects Lund Hagen and Atelier Oslo, allows for daylight to enter from all directions (including a skylight that brings light and also  explores the deep inside of the imposing municipal library). 

  • Deichman Bjørvika © Einar Aslaksen
    Deichman Bjørvika © Einar Aslaksen
  • Deichman Bjørvika © Einar Aslaksen
    Deichman Bjørvika © Einar Aslaksen
  • Deichman Bjørvika © Einar Aslaksen
    Deichman Bjørvika © Einar Aslaksen

A public building flooded with light. 

To create a heightened sense of accessibility and connection to the city, the façade of the ground floor is entirely transparent. As often in Scandinavian architecture, it combines optimum insulation and even, generous distribution of light. The frosted glass inside offsets the impression of closed panels, creating a soft and uniform interior light. Panoramic windows at the corners of the building open up views in different directions. 

Light and even more light. 

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