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Schmidt hammer lassen architects to design largest public library in Scandinavia

Schmidt hammer lassen architects to design largest public library in Scandinavia

Our friends from SHL architects just sent us their new project. They won an international competition to design “Urban Mediaspace”, the largest public library in Scandinavia. The € 228 million scheme, located in Aarhus, Denmark, will become a new visual and cultural focal point for the city whilst pioneering the next generation of library design.

SHL Architects’ innovative, 30.000 m2 scheme reassesses traditional concepts of library design. Instead of a building focused around books, “Urban Mediaspace” is a hub of social interaction, incorporating interior and exterior recreational spaces for studying, socialising, and relaxing. The building will also have the capacity to host multi-media and cultural events.

The building’s distinctive heptagonal-shape design will be a landmark in Aarhus. The library’s offices will have impressive panoramic views over the harbour with steps leading out on to the waterfront. SHL Architects’ design connects the library to the Aarhus River by creating an external recreational area that will run along the south side of the “Urban Mediaspace”. The building’s glazed façade will create light, well-ventilated interior spaces whilst also making the inside of the library visible to passersby, inviting the community inside.

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Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "Schmidt hammer lassen architects to design largest public library in Scandinavia" 05 Mar 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/16069/schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects-to-design-largest-public-library-in-scandinavia/> ISSN 0719-8884
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