Danish architects ADEPT Architects, together with an impressive group of collaborators, have been awarded with the 1st prize on the competition for the Dalarna Library in Sweden. The team includes Sou Fujimoto (Japan, see all his projects previously featured on AD), Topotek1 (Germany), Rambøll A/S (Denmark) and Bosch & Fjord (Denmark). The new library, placed centrally at the Dalarna university campus, is organized as a ”spiral of knowledge” (see diagram below). The sloping terrain continues in a ramp through the building. Wrapping itself the ramp creates a spiral-shaped space – the heart of the building for information seeking and easy orientation. This organization of program creates a various learning environment where students can take part in the vibrant life of the library as well as retreat into various study niches. The different sound levels and activities create a diverse and eventful library.
Following an international design competition, Imperial War Museum North (IWMN) selected Topotek 1 as the preferred design team to develop the external spaces of the museum in Trafford. The selection panel felt that Topotek 1′s scheme, Camouflage Strategy, best addressed the need for zones of contemplation, creativity and play which would complement the Daniel Libeskind building.
Further project description after the break.
Architects: BIG Architects Landscape Architects: Topotek1 Location: Hamburg, Germany Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels Project Leader: Ole Schrøder Collaborators: Mitarbeiter – Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Oana Simionescu, Christian Alvarez Gomez, Alex Cozma, Karsten Hammer Hansen, Todd Bennett, Gabrielle Nadeau, Frederik Lyng, Ole Storjohann, Hanna Johansson, Sebastian Latz Topotek1 team: Martin Rein-Cano, Lorenz Dexler, Anna Lundquist, Christian Bohne, Lisa Oregioni, Alexandre Mellier, Danielle Choi, Karoline Liedtke Client: IBA Hamburg Project year: 2013 Constructed Area: 33,350 sqm
The Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, England, was designed by Daniel Libeskind and completed in 2001. The museum was mainly sorrounded by a plain exterior, occupied by a parking lot. The canal-side building is planning a new design landscape and collected proposals from several firms in a competition. The entries have come to five finalists, from which the final design should be chosen this March.
The finalists are:
Seen on designboom. The proposals, after the break.