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Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem Design Oslo’s Central Library

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Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem Design Oslo’s Central Library Deichman Bjørvika, Oslo’s central library placed next to the city’s opera house, Snøhetta-designed, has now officially opened to the public.

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This five-storey building houses about 450,000 books a large, top-lit and features a spacious, top-lit atrium that serves as the connection between all the floors. “Our aim was to make a library that can offer a variety of different spaces within one large continuous space,” explained Atelier Oslo.

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Named after the Norwegian book collector Carl Deichman, whose collection became the start of the library in 1785, Deichman Bjørvika is located on Oslo’s waterfront. Due to a few restrictions on the building site, the library was structured vertically and includes a cinema, a café, restaurant and a 200-seat auditorium.

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Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem designed the upper floors of the library with a series of diagonal light shafts that combine into a central atrium and add an innovative element as well as much needed lighting. “The light shafts make each floor unique and create a vertical public space that is an open and inviting continuation of the city outside.”

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“Here you will find spaces for meeting, rehearsal rooms, gaming rooms, exhibition niches, record studio, silent reading rooms etc. Even though the books still have a strong presence this library is designed first and foremost as a place for people.” explained Lundhagem co-founder Svein Lund.

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