Malmo City Library, Sweden

Malmo City Library.  Photo: Johan Kalen
Malmo City Library. Photo: Johan Kalen

Name of the Library: Malmo City Library
Parent Organisation: Malmo City

Street Address: King Oscars vag Malmo Sweden
Postal Address: 205 81 Malmo
Telephone :+46406608500
Web Address: http://www.malmo.se/bibliotek
Library Email: stadsbiblioteteket@malmo.se

Type of Library : Central/ Main Library
Population served:320,000
Project Type:  Extension, Refurbishment
Size (square metres):15,000
Date of Completion:1999
Architect: Henning Larsen

Malmo City Library  Interior from the  Calendar of Light. Photo: Joakim Raboff
Malmo City Library Interior from the Calendar of Light. Photo: Joakim Raboff

Description
The Library is characterised by its trisection with regard to both volume and light presentation. The name ‘calendar of Light”, Henning Larsen’s competition entry in 1992 is expressive and refers to the open reading room on the west side of the building as its undisputed heart. The ‘Palace’ on the east side which was built in 1901 as a museum and has acted as the main library since 1946 is now of secondary importance when it comes to competition and with its introversion contrasts well with the extroversion of the great hall. The ‘Cylinder’ in the middle of this composition of three distinct building entities, acts as the main entrance and the link between the two principal parts.

Flexibility was a key word during the entire planning period for the City Library, and that word has followed ever since. Each part of the Library must operate in different contexts. There must be flexibility that makes it easy to change settings and putting spaces to new uses.

Malmo is a cosmopolitan city. About one third of the population come from a different cultural or linguistic background, among young people the figure is even higher. The multicultural society is a reality.

It is also noticeable that only one third of the Library’s more than 900,000 annual visits result in a loan. This means that two thirds of visitors use the Library for other purposes. If the libraries are to involve more people, then it is important to accept that the Library is about more than books and borrowing, and that some of the resources previously tied to loan activities must be freed for other purposes.

Malmo City Library, night view. Photo: Lisbeth Svensson
Malmo City Library, night view. Photo: Lisbeth Svensson

Awards, case studies, further information
Kaspar Sahlin priset = Kaspar Salin Prize
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasper_Salin_Prize 1997
http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasper_Salin-priset  (år 1997)

Stadsbyggnadspriset = Urban Development Award 1997
http://www.malmo.se/Medborgare/Bo–bygga/Arrangemang/Stadsbyggnadspriset/Tidigare-ars-vinnare–av-Stadsbyggnadspriset/1997.html

Akademikerförbundet DIK’s award, “Library of the Year” 2003
http://www.dik.se/service-foermaaner/stipendier,-priser-och-utmaerkelser/aarets-bibliotek/

Malmö stads integrationspris 2006 = Malmö’s integration Prize 2006

Click to access Integrationspris+2000+-+2010.pdf

Kunskapspriset, nationalencyklopedien, 2006 = Knowledge Award, prize instituted by NE Nationalencyklopedin AB and distributed annually 2002-2011 to prominent distributor of knowledge.
http://www.ne.se/kunskapspriset

 

 

 

Stadtbibliothek Ulm

Photo: Martin Duckek
Photo: Martin Duckek

Name of the Library: Stadtbibliothek Ulm

Street Address: Vestgasse 1 Ulm Germany
Postal Address: 89073 Ulm Germany
Telephone : 0049 (0) 731 161 4100
Web Address: stadtbibliothek.ulm.de
Library Email: stadtbibliothek@ulm.de

Type of Library: Central Library
Population served:118.000
Project Type : New Building
Size (square metres): 4670 m²
Date of Completion 19.04.2004
Architect Mr. Prof. Gottfried Böhm

Description
Situated directly adjacent to the historical Town Hall and near Ulm Minster, the Public Library has the form of an imposing pyramid, with a footprint of 28 x 28 m and a total height of more than 36 m. The exceptional feature of this building, designed by the Cologne architect Gottfried Böhm, is that its outer façade of more than 4,994 m2 is made of glass.
Slogan: You have questions- we have the answers!
Awards, case studies, further information
URL for info on the building
http://www.ulm.de/kultur_tourismus/bibliotheken_und_literatur/gebaeude

Seinäjoki Public Library , Finland

Main entrance. Photo  Jukka Kontkanen
Main entrance. Photo Jukka Kontkanen

Name of the Library: Seinäjoki Public Library – Provincial Library
Parent Organisation: City of Seinäjoki

Street Address: Alvar Aallon katu 14, 60100 Seinäjoki, Finland
Postal Address: P.O.B. 217, 60100 Seinäjoki, Finland
Telephone : +358 6 416 2317
Web Address:
http://www2.seinajoki.fi/english/services/library/ (services of the library)
http://seinajoenkirjasto.blogspot.fi/p/the-new-main-library-apila.html (main library building)
Library Email: kirjasto@seinajoki.fi

Type of Library:  Central/ Main Library , Regional Library
Population served: There are about 60 000 inhabitants in Seinäjoki.
Project Type: Extension,  New Building
Size (square metres): 3 500 square meters
Date of Completion The main library Apila was opened to public on the 20th of August 2012.
Architect JKMM architects, Head designer is architect Mr. Asmo Jaaksi

Reading steps are the heart of the library. Photo Jukka Kontkanen
Reading steps are the heart of the library. Photo Jukka Kontkanen

Description
The main library in Seinäjoki consists of two buildings: Apila, opened in 2012, and the old main library, designed by Alvar Aalto. The Aalto library was built in 1965. It will be repaired and renovated the way Aalto originally designed it. The Aalto library will be opened most likely in the spring of 2015. There will be an underground passageway between the two buildings.

The check-in and check-out are fully automated. There is a check-in unit in the entrance hall and check-out units in every department.  The check-in and check-out are based on RFID-technology (Radio Frequency Identification): All the material in the library has an RFID tag that includes information about the specific item. Also bar code labels are still used.

For reserves there is a self-service pick-up: every reserve has an individual reserve number that helps to identify the reserves. The customers can find their reserved material according to this number. You can’t by accident check-out someone else’s reserve; the check-out unit prevents it.

The new library located so near the famous Aalto centre has affected the designing. The architecture of the library had to differ from Alvar Aalto designs but there are also references to Aalto in the Apila library. The shape of the building has been influenced by Japanese origami; there are a lot of sharp edges and triangular forms, another example are the pleats in the book hall ceiling.
There is a lot of concrete visible and as a contrast to it there are e.g. white wooden gratings covering the walls in the ground floor, white desks and colourful furniture. There are a lot of Finnish and international design classics among the furniture. The interior design is by interior decorator Päivi Meuronen. Her touch can be seen everywhere in the library, she has designed the fittings and chosen the furniture. Many items are designed specific for this library.

Children's Department. Photo Hanna Kotila
Children’s Department. Photo Hanna Kotila

In the children’s department the scale is fitted for children. The ceiling is lower and the furniture is smaller. There is even a small toilet for children. There is a lovely story time room with magical atmosphere. Book houses are a good place to read with parents or do homework.

The youth and music department is located in the basement and is inspired by the book Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy by Douglas Adams. Atmosphere there is futuristic and the main color is white. The reading nooks in the wall bring color to the space.

Space to spend time:
In the Apila library there are lot of space just to spend time. Customers have really taken the library as their living room.
– news area with café and tables and computers for reading newspapers and magazines
– colorful reading nooks in the youth and music department
– book houses in the children’s department
– quiet reading room for studying
– lots of tables, rocking chairs and armchairs for reading, meeting people etc.
– reading steps (a venue for events and a place for reading)
– Jaaksi hall (a conference room)
Events
There are lots of different kinds of events in the library: concerts, author’s visits, meetings, dancing, storytimes, singing, book talks, exhibitions, lessons on using the internet and databases, lectures, movie nights etc. Part of the events are arranged with partners in cooperation.

Awards, case studies, further information
Seinäjoki City Library is among Top 10 of Finnish architecture biennal review 2014
The European Copper in Architecture Awards gave Special commendations to the Seinäjoki city library.
Seinäjoki city library is Concrete building of the year 2012 in Finland
Commendation in European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2013

 

Campaspe Regional Library, Echuca, Victoria, Australia

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Entrance to the Library

Name of the Library: Campaspe Regional Library
Parent Organisation: Shire of Campaspe

Street Address: 310 Hare Street, Echuca, 3564, Victoria, Australia
Postal Address: PO Box 35, Echuca, 3564, Victoria, Australia
Telephone :61354812400
Web Address: http://www.campaspe.vic.gov.au/library
Library Email: libraries@ campaspe.vic.gov.au/library

Type of Library :Central/ Main Library , Regional Library
Population served:46,000
Project Type:  New Building
Size (square metres):1300
Date of Completion: 24/08/2014
Architect:Brian Mathieson, Perrott Lyon Mathieson

 

View of the river from the Library
View of the river from the Library

Description
Although a very long time in the planning, it has certainly been worth the wait.  The new Campaspe Regional Library in Echuca was officially opened on August 24, 2012 and since that first moment it has been embraced by the community and it has certainly become the community hub it was destined to be.

The previous library which served the Echuca/Moama district for over 50 years was in a very small and inadequate building with only 280sqm of public floor space.  A collection of close to 40,000 was literally bursting at the seams, let alone the difficulty to provide comfortable and welcoming spaces for people and the provision of technology related items.

For many years the Campaspe Shire sought to find the most appropriate location for this well used and popular community facility.  In 2010 Council decided to proceed with the construction of a new building on the corner of Hare and Heygarth Street, Echuca.  An absolutely perfect position with the mighty Murray River and the riverine environment as a backdrop while still remaining close to the CBD and other Council services.

The architects worked very diligently with the community and a range of stakeholders to ensure that the design was sensitive to the environment, as well as being respectful of the War Memorial which was situated on the south west corner of the available footprint.  It was important to retain a sense of transparency through to the rivergums and the river and also desirable from within the building to be have a sense of connectedness and harmony with the environment.   This was achieved and the view over the river, the Port of Echuca and the paddlesteamers passing by is the envy of many.   A very quiet and respectful part of the library is situated behind the War Memorial which allows for a sense of reverence and contemplation.  Special collections including two privately donated military collections add to this atmosphere in beautifully designed cabinets along the western wall.

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External building features include pre-loved timbers from the recently decommissioned historic wharf, specially designed ironbark canopies draw you in to the library.  There is a marvellous book feature to the left of the front entry doors which highlights all the other service points the library serves.  Local indigenous emblems have been incorporated into the signage throughout the building.  The design is pragmatic, yet iconic and is very identifiable as a library.

Internal features include flexible shelving, with about 60% being mobile.  There are two meeting rooms which can be accessed after hours without impacting on the security of the rest of the library.  Everything is situated on one level and is very accessible to all ages and abilities.  The amenities include a beautiful parent’s room, thus providing a very important facility for residents and visitors to the region.   The building has been designed in a way so that whatever the weather may be outside it will draw in the natural light with skylights right through the middle, as well as alcoves protecting the patrons from the harsh summer sun and gorgeous full length glass windows that allow the winter sun in.   The youth area features gaming units and custom designed banquette booths that encourage young people to sit, study and socialise together.  Locally donated wooden tables and chairs add to the ambience of the building and are very conducive for studying, either in groups or individually.  The library was opened in the National Year of Reading and there are two large signs within the library that will serve as an ongoing legacy and reminder of this special year.

A number of partnerships have assisted with providing special collections and resources including the Friends of the Library who raised enough money to furnish the library throughout.  The Echuca
Lions Club provided additional funding to purchase resources and assistive technology for people with impaired vision.  The library has a close relationship with the Community Living and Respite Services (CLRS) and it houses a collection for families and individuals with ASD.

There have been two noticeable changes in usage, firstly the visitation numbers through the door have gone from about 5000 per month to 15000 per month, even after nearly two years of operation this has remained steady.  And secondly it is all the activity that the library now creates with a wide variety of clubs and organisations using the building each week to meet, to learn and to socialise.   The previous library could not provide the space that now allows people to come together for clubs such as chess, cards, crochet, photography, lego, computers, knitting and more recently the inter-cultural club which welcomes CALD people to the area.   A wide range of early literacy programs are held including toddler rhymetime, storytimes, baby/parents rhymetime, holiday activities, homework help and reading clubs.  Activities for adults include book chats, book clubs, special events, music events (we even have a piano), health and wellbeing talks.  The list goes on… and on many occasions these activities are happening concurrently.   It is due to the space, the acoustic treatment and flexibility that they don’t impact on each other; they actually complement each other instead.    There is natural sense of vibrancy and warmth that is generated by the various activities that occur.

Even on a quiet day it is still lovely to walk around and watch people enjoy the space, they feel welcome and comfortable to have a coffee or byo lunch.  Accessing the electronic world we live in is encouraged with study benches, free wifi and lap top tables that look out to the river.  There is a central reading area to access the newspaper, browse the magazines, access reference material, pick up your reservation or take part in the community jigsaw.  Lots of really nice features that say this is a library, you are welcome and please stay a while.

In 2013 the Campaspe Regional Library was awarded the Project Management Award Community Services and/or Development, Victoria by the Project Management Association Australia, Victoria Chapter.  It was then part of the PMAA National Awards.
A history of the project was presented in a paper to the By Design Conference in November 2013.

In 2014 the Library was awarded the Pierre Gorman Award from the State Library of Victoria to deliver the Being Connected : Libraries and Autism Project in partnership with CLRS which it is currently working on.  The project key deliverable is to undertake a sensory audit of all libraries within the region to improve their internal environment and program delivery for people with ASD.
A large number of amazing events have been held with huge visitation numbers including the Community Celebration Day, Dinosaur Exhibition from the National Dinosaur Museum, Jazz in your loungeroom, Melbourne Writers Festival, High Road to Reading, Free Comic Book Day, Winter Blues Festival, Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll, Landcare Awards and the Australian Poetry Slam regional heat 2013.

It has become a vibrant, cultural, educational and recreational facility with only more good things to come.
Awards, case studies, further information
In 2013 the Campaspe Regional Library was awarded the Project Management Award Community Services and/or Development, Victoria by the Project Management Association Australia, Victoria Chapter.  It was then part of the PMAA National Awards.
A history of the project was presented in a paper to the By Design Conference in November 2013.

In 2014 the Library was awarded the Pierre Gorman Award from the State Library of Victoria to deliver the Being Connected : Libraries and Autism Project in partnership with CLRS which it is currently working on.  The project key deliverable is to undertake a sensory audit of all libraries within the region to improve their internal environment and program delivery for people with ASD.

A large number of amazing events have been held with huge visitation numbers including the Community Celebration Day, Dinosaur Exhibition from the National Dinosaur Museum, Jazz in your loungeroom, Melbourne Writers Festival, High Road to Reading, Free Comic Book Day, Winter Blues Festival, Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll, Landcare Awards and the Australian Poetry Slam regional heat 2013.

It has become a vibrant, cultural, educational and recreational facility with only more good things to come.

 

Jaume Fuster Library, Barcelona, Spain

Photo: Jordi Casañas
Photo: Jordi Casañas

 

Name of the Library   Jaume Fuster Library
Parent Organisation:   Biblioteques de Barcelona

Street Address: Plaça Lesseps, 20-22
Postal Address: Plaça Lesseps, 20-22    08023 Barcelona
Telephone : +34 933684564
Web Address: http://www.bcn.cat/bibjaumefuster
Library Email:  b.barcelona.jf@diba.cat

Type of Library : District Library
Population served:  120,976
Project Type : New Building
Size (square metres): 5.636 m2
Date of Completion:   2005
Architect:   Josep Llinàs

Photo: Jordi Casañas
Photo: Jordi Casañas

Description
The library Jaume Fuster is part of Biblioteques de Barcelona (Barcelona Libraries), the entity that manages the network of 40 public libraries in the city.

Jaume  Fuster (1945-1998) was an outstanding writer who turned his hand to various genres, including detective fiction, the epic, the novel and political journalism. He was also an excellent translator, and received the Serra d’Or critics’ prize in 1989 for his Catalan translation of Albert Cohen’s novel Belle Du Seigneur. Besides contributing articles to the major Catalan media, Fuster was also a film and televisions scriptwriter.

The library collection encompasses more than 105,000 documents, on different supports and in different fields, which is increased each month by new acquisitions. A selection of newspapers and magazines is also available.
The library contains documents referring to Gràcia district (associations, artists, writers, history, customs, traditions, etc.), as well as works written by authors from or with particular links to the neighbourhood. The local collection also includes local magazines and information about the annual local festivities, the Festa Major de Gràcia.

Photo: Jordi Casañas
Photo: Jordi Casañas

The library is devoted particularly to travel. Moreover, it also focuses on the following centres of interest and collections:
• Self-access language learning
• Biel Moll collection
• Bruguera collection
• Compulsory reading at IES and CEIP primary and secondary schools
• Mexico and Argentina
• Parents’ corner
• Catalan rumba

The Jaume Fuster library organises a wide range of different activities for all: book clubs, storytelling, seminars, children’s workshops… These activities are aimed at transmitting the pleasure of reading and encouraging users to discover new authors and learn more about current issues, linked always to the books and other materials in the library.

The programme Molt per aprendre (“Lots to Learn”) includes two seasons: Creacions (workshops devoted to writing, oral and visual arts) and the Aula Digital (introductory activities to computers, photography, self-access language learning, freeware and creating blogs).

The library also supports the education community by welcoming schools visits and providing facilities and services, as well as organising digital literacy programmes.  As an ACTIC testing centre, the library enables students to sit the examinations to obtain the official certificate. Moreover, the library is a member of the Antenes Cibernàrium network of technology training points. These educational facilities are completed by the organisation of language exchange groups.

Awards, case studies, further information
In 2006, the building was awarded both the Fad Architecture Prize and the Catalonia National Prize for Architecture and Public Space.

 

Sant Pau – Santa Creu Library, Barcelona, Spain

Photo: Jordi Casañas
Photo: Jordi Casañas

Name of the Library   Sant Pau – Santa Creu Library
Parent Organisation:   Biblioteques de Barcelona

Street Address:  Carme 47 – Hospital 56
Postal Address: Carme 47 – Hospital 56    08001 Barcelona
Telephone : +34 933020797
Web Address: http://www.bcn.cat/bibsantpau
Library Email: b.barcelona.spsc@diba.cat
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Type of Library: Medium size town library
Population served:
Project Type: Refurbishment
Size (square metres): 1.127 m2
Date of Completion:   49,225
Architect:   Is a XV Century Building. The refurbishment is from Arq Forum. SLP

Photo: Jordi Casañas
Photo: Jordi Casañas

Description
The library Sant Pau- Santa Creu is part of Biblioteques de Barcelona (Barcelona Libraries), the entity that manages the network of 40 public libraries in the city.

The library building forms part of the former Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau site in the Raval neighbourhood in Barcelona. Though the Gothic building we see today was completed in various stages after 1401, its origins lie in a Tenth-century hospice and hospital for pilgrims. The site ceased to serve as a hospital in the early-twentieth century, when this function was transferred to the Hospital de Sant Pau.

Santa Creu children’s library and Sant Pau young people’s library were established separately in different sections of the building in 1940 and1941. In 1970, the Sant Pau library was transferred to its present premises, and five years later the Santa Creu library was also added. The facilities were reorganised and refurbished in 2010 and today form a single library with different sections to cater for all users.

Photo: Jordi Casañas
Photo: Jordi Casañas

The library collection encompasses more than 56,000 documents, on different supports and in different fields, which is increased each month by new acquisitions. A selection of newspapers and magazines is also available.

The library includes a section devoted to El Raval, with a collection of documents referring both to the neighbourhood itself and to Ciutat Vella district in general. The section also contains local periodicals that have been published over the years, some still in existence, as well as films linked to the neighbourhood. In this section, users can also visit small thematic exhibitions and consult the database.
The library has a special collection devoted to the Arab world. Also focuses on the following centres of interest:
• Learning basic Catalan and Spanish
• Vocational training
• Immigration and cultural diversity
• Oposicions (civil service examinations)
• Parents’ corner
• The Indian sub-continent

The Sant Pau-Santa Creu library organises cultural activities and programmes aimed at encouraging reading amongst different ages and interest groups: exhibitions, lectures, book clubs, storytelling, children’s workshops… The library also hosts, promotes or takes part in many initiatives that are generated in El Raval, forming networks with other organisations to develop projects. These activities are aimed at transmitting the pleasure of reading and encouraging users to discover new authors and learn more about current issues, and are always closely linked to the library collections.

The programme Molt per aprendre (“Lots to Learn”) includes two seasons: Creacions (workshops devoted to writing, oral and visual arts) and the Aula Digital (introductory activities to computers, photography, self-access language learning, freeware and creating blogs).

 

 

Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, United Kingdom

Interior view of the Millennium Library. Photo Jan Richards
Interior view of the Millennium Library. Photo Jan Richards

Name of the Library: Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, UK
Parent Organisation: Norfolk County Council, UK

Street Address: The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1AW
Postal Address: The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1AW
Telephone : +44 (0) 1603 774774
(incl Country code)
Web Address: http://www.theforumnorfolk.com/
Library Email: libraries@norfolk.gov.uk

Type of Library Central/ Main Library , Regional Library
Population served: About 130,000 people live in the city of Norwich, but the library also serves as a hub for the county of Norfolk (800,000 people).
Project Type: New Building
Size (square metres): 4,621
Date of Completion: 2001
Architect: Sir Michael Hopkins

The Forum, Norwich (from Wikipedia.org, licensed under Creative Commons)
The Forum, Norwich (from Wikipedia.org, licensed under Creative Commons)

Description
This is the busiest library in the UK and has held that title for the last 7 years running.

It is housed in a building called the Forum, which includes Tourist Information Centre, heritage attraction, cafe, training centre, etc. The Forum is conceived as a courtyard surrounded by a three storey, horseshoe-shaped enclosure of load-bearing brickwork, which accommodates the various activities on a series of balconies.

The courtyard roof is supported by bow-string steel trusses forming leaf shaped panels, infilled with acoustically absorbent material or glazing. Light enters into the heart of the building, creating a dynamic public Atrium.

The key sustainable strategy is the use of the building mass as a ‘passive’ environmental modifier and the introduction of ‘active’ building engineering systems, only to assist the fabric to recycle ambient energy.

Its spectacular glazed end wall frames the Gothic church tower of St Peter Mancroft, welcoming the city in, and forming a major public space in the forecourt.

Click to access Architecture__Construction_of_The_Forum.pdf

http://www.theforumnorwich.co.uk/the-forum-trust/about-the-forum

 

Canada Water Library, London, United Kingdom

Name of the Library: Canada Water Library, UK
Parent Organisation: London Borough of Southwark Council, UK

Street Address: 21 Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 7AR UK
Postal Address: 21 Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 7AR UK
Telephone : +44 (0) 20 7525 2000
Web Address: http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/437/libraries_and_locations/2421/canada_water_library
Library Email: southwark.libraries@southwark.gov.uk
Type of Library: Central/ Main
Population served: About 250,000 people live in Southwark.
Project Type: New Building
Size (square metres): 2,900
Date of Completion: 2011
Architect: CZWG (Piers Gough)

Description
Plenty of information and pictures available here: http://www.czwg.com/images/uploads/CZWG_Canada_Water_Library.pdf
http://www.dezeen.com/2012/01/06/canada-water-library-by-czwg/

 

Public Library of Tonsberg and Notteroy, Norway

Photograph Cedric Archer
Photograph Cedric Archer

Name of the Library:Public Library of Tonsberg and Notteroy
Parent Organisation:Municipalities of Tonsberg and Notteroy

Street Address: Storgt. 16, 3126 Tonsberg, Norway
Postal Address: PB 2131, 3103 Tonsberg, Norway
Telephone :+47 33354900
Web Address: http://www.tnb.no
Library Email:tbg@tnb.no

Type of Library : Central/ Main Library, Medium size town library
Population served: 63,000
Project Type:  New Building
Size (square metres):5020
Date of Completion:1992
Architect:Lunde & Louseth

Interior view, Photo Knut Nordhagen
Interior view, Photo Knut Nordhagen

Description
Prize winning architecture combining glass and steel, with a stunning roof, where steel creates the symbolic picture “under the tree of knowledge”.

The library building interconnects the past and the future being situated on the site of the old St Olaf’s monastery from 1180. The ruins of the monastery are now part of the library, hosting events of literature, music and debates.

The architecture has a sustainable design – it makes a very adequate frame for also the future library. Library services change and it fits well into the 1992 building.

The Library fulfils its role as a local meeting point, connecting people, and also supports the local affiliation of the inhabitants giving direct access to the medieval history of the city centre.

Library Interior Photo Knut Nordhagen
Library Interior Photo Knut Nordhagen

Awards, case studies, further information
The Norwegian Award for Steel Constructions 1993
The European Award for Steel Constructions 1993
The Scandinavian Roof Construction Award 1993
The Houen Foundation Diploma 2000

 

 

Customs House Library, Sydney, NSW, Australia

The Exterior of Customs House
The Exterior of Customs House

Name of the Library: Customs House Library
Parent Organisation: City of Sydney

Street Address: 31 Alfred Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Postal Address: GPO BOX 1591 Sydney 2001
Telephone : +0292428555
Web : http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/libraries/branches/customs-house-library
Library Email: library@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
Type of Library: Joint use
Population served:
Project Type : Conversion
Size             Library occupies three floors of Customs House
Date of Completion:  2005
Architects: Lacoste + Stevenson Architects (Coordinating Architect – PTW, Heritage Architect – Tanner Architects)

Customs House Library Reading Room
Customs House Library Reading Room

Description
Customs House Library is located at Circular Quay on the doorstep of Sydney CBD and Sydney Harbour in one of Sydney’s landmark historical buildings. Spread over three floors the library features a number of flexible spaces, including lounge areas, a beautiful traditional quiet study space, exhibition spaces, computer facilities, Wifi, IT training facilities, and quality collections.

As part of the City of Sydney Library Network, Customs House Library regularly hosts a range of innovative and engaginig events, including the Late Night Library series, Classics at Customs and Lunches with Bite.

Customs House Library, interior Photograph K Joss
Customs House Library, interior
Photograph K Joss

Awards, case studies, further information

2006 Royal Australian Institute of Architects (NSW Chapter) Awards
Category: Public Buildings – Interiors
Winner: Lacoste + Stevenson Architects

Australia’s Favourite Library, ALIA, 2014
Nominee

Local Government Arts & Culture Awards 2014
Developing Arts and Culture: Libraries and Literature: Late Night Library, Council of the City of Sydney

Article
“The Infinite Library”
Stead, Naomi. Monument No 76 2006/07 pp 64-68