CHALLENGES: The main challenge was to consider and efficiently accommodate the current and future space needs for library, cultural, and museum activities within a building constructed in 1984. The diversity of space users brought its own unique aspects to the project, both in terms of design methods and design solutions. One challenge was to preserve and enhance the architectural values of the building during a comprehensive renovation that also addressed building and technical aspects.
SOLUTIONS: Efficiency requirements were addressed through the adaptability, versatility, and prioritization of space needs. Additionally, a loft was designed to expand the library’s reading area. Specific spaces were designed for different customer groups, such as children and young adults, a quiet workspace, and various lounge areas. The new library allows for self-service hours and expanded services. The building was designed to be accessible for both people with mobility impairments and the visually impaired. Building services have been concealed within the structures in customer areas. Repair methods and materials were chosen with consideration for the healthiness of the spaces and the durability of the materials, both from a construction and visual perspective.