Ever since the start 80 years ago, libraries have been theheart of our business. Today, we are proud to call ourselveslibrary people. Libraries and their design are our passionand our mission. With commitment and curiosity,experience and expertise, we create innovative,expressive and functional solutions for the modern library.Libraries are changing. Still, books and studies are essential, but you will also find a vivid environmentfilled with cultural exchange, communication and social events. Here, contemplation and reflectionfinds its place next to the fast pace of new information technology.Working in close co-operation with architects, interior designers, craftsmen and librarians, we provide knowledgeand creativity in our designs and the innovative furniture and accessories needed to turn ideas into reality.Some of the visions we have made come true in the past year are documented in this brochure;14 inspiring projects that underline our international presence.Welcome to our world, a world of libraries.
denmarkjellingpublic libraryarchitect: maa mette fredskild Built on local commitment “Byens hus” is the name of the community centre in the small village Jelling. The house is a good example of local entrepreneurship and cooperative spirit. The local citizens have worked together with organizations and the municipality to start the centre. Besides the library, the centre also accommo- dates public service, meeting rooms and a café. The café is equipped with its own stage for different performances. “Byens hus” is truly a cultural meeting point, including an art work- shop, a cinema and a small brewery. The library is furnished with the Classic Steel Shelving System, London end panel and canopy, and built-in Book Big Lighting. There are also special-made solutions like the integrated tables at the ends of the shelving and the round picture book browsers in the children’s area.4
The Jelling Runic Stones – a unesco world heritageThe new library is not the only thing worth seeing when you visit Jelling. Don’t missthe opportunity to discover the world famous Jelling runic stones, raised more than1,000 years ago by King Gorm the Old and his son Harald Bluetooth. The runes tellthe story of Denmark’s birth and the official conversion to Christianity.Today, the stones are listed as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites and old HaraldBluetooth and his runic inscriptions have made an impact on communicationtechnology up until this day, as the technology for wireless data transmission,Bluetooth is named after him.
swedenstockholmplattan library, kulturhuset (cultural centre)architect: ahrbom & partner “Plattan”in new light Kulturhuset, Stockholm’s community centre for culture is located right in the heart of the city at the main commuter hub and the square known as “Plattan”. The cultural centre is a vibrant meeting-place day and night with thousands of contemporary cultural events every year. The library at the centre, a branch of the Stockholm Public Library, is no exception. It is placed in level with the famous square and is consequently named “Plattan Library”. They focus on Swedish and international fiction, and have also a special section for books on art, design, architecture and fashion. On the same floor, there is a gallery, a café and a book shop. The architecture of the “Plattan Library” is The refurbished interiors provide an exciting interplay between shelving and built around glass. The new entrance and the lighting. The collaboration with the Swedish light manufacturer Ateljé Lyktan large windows let the light pour in. At the same and their state-of-the-art LED overhead lighting, throws new light on the Classic Steel Shelving System, in both straight lines and round shapes. time, it creates an open interface to the outside and offers an appetizing view for all the people passing here everyday.8
francechalignymedia library Playing with traditions La Filoche is the name of a recently opened media library in the Moselle and Madon urban district, in the surroundings of Nancy. The name now unites the past with the future since it is also the historical name of the site. The 1,850 sqm large building is the outcome of an ambitious project of urban planning and industrial rehabilitation. The territory identity is carefully preserved, and yet clearly modernized as industrial styled architectural elements are inte- grated to the original façade. With its dedicated areas for multimedia and the toy library, La Filoche media library has a two-level structure. The interior design combines wood with industrial materials. The play areas for children are bright and awash with colour, and the rest of the library is transparent, light and airy. The Classic Steel Shelving System has been enhanced with multi-coloured acrylic end panels.10
denmarksindalpublic libraryarchitect: maa dorthe andersenGreen light forSindal’s new oasisThe public library in Sindal is located under thesame roof as the local citizen service. A buildingthat unfortunately had a fire incident not longago. Now, the library is happily re-opened,colourful furnished by BCI and the architectDorthe Andersen.The new interior design is clearly harmonizedwith it’s beautiful surroundings. Just as thenature outside, the theme for the interior isgreen. Green details appear around the library,connecting rooms and departments in acontinual green flow throughout the premises.To compliment this green theme, Sindal publiclibrary is equipped with white lacquered ClassicSteel Shelving System and furniture in bright,pure colours.12
norwayvestfoldvestfold university college libraryarchitect: tone nærø as The campus centre When the students of Vestfold University College arrived for the autumn term 2010, the new campus, Campus Bakkenteigen, welcomed them. The campus gathers all key functions in one place, and, of course, this is also the location for the new library. The library is essentially designed for learning. The result includes access to the latest information resources, professional guidance and service. The two-storey building offers attractive architecture and different kinds of learning environments and workstations for inspiring studies. The eastern façade is characterized by large glass sections that make the most out of the daylight and give a stunning atmosphere inside the building.The library furniture consists of acharcoal coloured Opal ShelvingSystem with Book Big lighting, andend-panels and canopy of ash-tree.14
spainvilassar de martown libraryarchitect: màrius quintana Bauhaus anno 2010 The economist, politician and defender of civil rights, Ernest Lluch Martín was born in Vilassar de Mar in 1937. Today, the town’s new library carries his name: Biblioteca Municipal Ernest Lluch i Martín. Màrius Quintana, an architect from Barcelona and the curator of the Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion since 1999, designed the building for the library. It is signified by lightness, transparency, spaciousness and functionality. The Opal Shelving System makes a perfect fit to the architecture.16
swedenmalmöcourt of appealarchitect: schmidt hammer lassendesign: white architects The law of Scandinavian design The library at Malmö’s Court of Appeal, Malmö Hovrätt, takes Scandinavian design to court. The colours are light, the materials are natural and everything is perfectly functional. A place for research, reading and reflection. The interior solution is designed by White Architects and consists of several Lammhults pieces and a bespoke made version of the round Classic Steel Shelving System with perforated back panels. Scenes of Malmö were the inspiration for the design of the perforated back panels by White Architects.18
united kingdomecclespublic library Pioneer in LED lighting In October 2008, Eccles Library closed its doors for over 18 months to undergo an extensive refurbishment and restoration programme. The library restoration works have resulted in a brighter, more welcoming space for all users and visitors. The shelving and furniture specified along with the colours selected have been carefully chosen to not only blend in with the wonderful period features of the building but to also offer the modern ambience that any new build library would strive to offer. Whether visitors to the library are on a journey of Eccles library is also the first library to benefit from the installation learning, exploration and discovery, or simply of integrated LED lighting into the Slimline Shelving System. after some time out, the newly refurbished The lighting was specified on the shelving to enhance the lux levels Eccles library has got something for everyone. in the building, but is also an aesthetic design feature.20
norwayoslokunsthøgskolen, the national academy of the artsarchitect: kaels studio, jørund johansenIndustrial traditionmeets contemporary artIn Oslo, the old Christiania Seilduksfabrikk Books, magazines, films,(canvas factory) by Akerselva River at Grüner- etc. of all disciplines areløkka has been reconstructed to accommodate stored in the Classic Steel Shelving System withKunsthøgskolen (KHiO), the National Academy integrated Big Bookof the Arts. The buildings are from the late 19th lighting. The RUC panelcentury and carry a rich industrial tradition. and top has a stylishNow, they are transformed into a spectacular aluminium profile.venue for cultural expressions and a completeschool of art.The old factory has a total area of 40,000 sqmand the library is an important part. With amix of old and new, the design gives room forcreativity and cares for the history. The library isone of the most modern in Norway and a vitalresource for students and faculty.22
united kingdommanchesterlongsight, beswick, brooklands and the central libraryFour libraries filled with visionsManchester’s Library Service is undergoing a learning resources, technology and relaxation diction to the old Central Library, the City Librarydramatic change. The city’s public estates are areas with a café and even a kitchen for visitors. is bright, airy and very colourful. It is an oasisbeing modernised, refurbished and replaced of tranquillity in the bustling city centre.over a five-year programme. Four of the projects Beswick Library and Brookland Library bothin the programme this year include Longsight break new ground in that they are public libraries All four libraries are equipped with Classic SteelLibrary, Beswick Library, Brooklands Library, and sharing premises with schools. The buildings are Shelving System and specially made key piecesthe Central Library. state-of-the-art and the concept makes a focal of furniture, designed to highlight the current point for the communities they serve. quick pick collections and encourage browsing. After a substantial refurbishment, inside and The striking lighting reflects the glossy surfaceout, The Longsight Library is set to be a true The iconic Central Library is being beautifully on the quick pick furniture. The libraries sharelandmark library and learning centre. The old and sensitively restored from the ground and the same basic concept, but the unique colourred-bricked building has transformed into sleek will re-open in 2013. In the meantime, the City themes and a couple of characteristic detailsglass box flooding with light. It is filled with the Library on Deansgate takes its place. In contra- give each library its own identity.24
spainalcobendasmedia libraryarchitect: fernando parrilla Designed for complete cultural experiences Centro de Arte, the cultural centre, in Alcobendas is a hub for the plastic arts, music and liberal arts. It is centrally situated right in the city’s streetscape. Fernando Parrilla is the architect behind the emblematic building, characterized by its avant-garde façade, organic projections and glass sections. The design idiom invites visitors to enter and listen, observe, participate and learn. The media library opens up to an amazing world of information, books and media technology. Children, adolescents and adults have especially designated areas, but visitors of all ages meet in the space for innovation. A spot to hang out, read a book, browse the web or listen to some music. The look of this area changes with the sunlight. The versatile furniture – among others the Opal Shelving System with end panels of perforated steel – follows and strengthens the architecture and the building’s philosophy.26
denmarktaastruppublic libraryarchitect: lene brix / claus bjarrum arkitekterAn old building filledwith modern ideasThe new public library for the Taastrup areaoutside Copenhagen is actually the amalgationof three libraries becoming one. The old townhall of Taastrup has been carefully renovatedto a cultural meeting place and media centre.The building with its old traditions now housesthe former libraries of Blåkilde, Rønnevang andTaastrup.The architecture meets the demands of amodern library where access to e-books is asimportant as the traditional books. Mobility,flexibility and interaction has been the leading The functional Classicmotivation for the project. The result is an Steel Shelving System isinspiring library that brings new life to the combined with specialtown hall. made counters and information desks from PO Inventar. Details like the rya rugs, soft chairs and big foam letters are also worth a notice.28
united arab emiratesdubaial mankhool public library A new level of aesthetics The public libraries in Dubai are run by Dubai designed to meet the specific needs of the Public Libraries. Their first library was esta- visitors. There is the VIP area, a colourful blished in 1963 and today they have eight public children’s department, a multi-purpose hall libraries in different places around the Emirate with a lot of research resources, and, last but of Dubai. Seven of them offer special children not least, there is a relaxing lounge area. departments. The latest branch, at Al Mankhool Street, is an impressive piece of work. The library is furnished with Opal Shelving System. The design of the Al Mankhool public library offers the latest fashion in functionality and style. The premises have several divisions, Dubai Public Libraries consist of 8 public libraries distributed throughout the Emirate of Dubai. Mohammed Al Eraidi is director of Dubai Public Libraries and has many years of experience within the library and information sector. He has brought best practices from around the world to Dubai such as RFID technology.30
the netherlandsamersfoortpublic libraryarchitect: dp 6 architectstudio/tim sluiter/delft/netherlandsA family-friendlycommunity centreIn the young, pulsating area of Amersfoort,culture is an important part that contributes tothe life quality for all the young families livinghere. Housing a school, children’s daycare, anart school, a theatre, and the new library, thenew building ICOON Amersfoort meet – andexceed – their needs.Just like the surrounding area and the building,the library is a truly modern creation. A placefor cultural experiences and social interactionas well as a tool for purposeful informationsearching.A wooden Frontline Shelving System withsteel shelves makes the core of the interiors.Browsers, pedestals and chairs are otherimportant elements that help the everydayfunctionality.32
country town project architect / interior design p age denmark jelling public library maa mette fredskild 4i nde x sweden stockholm public library ahrbom & partner 8 france chaligny media library 10 denmark sindal public library maa dorthe andersen 12 norway vestfold university library tone nærø as 14 spain vilassar de mar town library màrius quintana 16 sweden malmö court of appeal schmidt hammer lassen / white architects 18 united kingdom eccles public library 20 norway oslo university library kaels studio, jørund johansen 22 united kingdom manchester public libraries 24 spain alcobendas media library fernando parrilla 26 denmark taastrup public library lene brix / claus bjarrum arkitekter 28 united arab emirates dubai public library 30 the netherlands amersfoort public library dp6 architectstudio/tim sluiter/delft/netherlands 32
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