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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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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