Vennesla Library and Cultural Center Norway

 This Library and Cultural Center is designed by Helen & Hard  architect and located in Vannesla, Norway. This comprises a library, a...

 This Library and Cultural Center is designed by Helen & Hard architect and located in Vannesla, Norway. This comprises a library, a café, meeting places and administrative areas and links an existing community house and learning center together. The new building was open and easy accessible from the main city square, knitting together the existing urban fabric. Rib concept creates useable hybrid structures that combine a timber construction with all technical devices and the interior. The whole library consists of 27 ribs made of prefabricated glue-laminated timber elements and CNC cut plywood boards. These ribs inform the geometry of the roof, as well as the undulating orientation of the generous open space, with personal study zones nestled along the perimeter.
Each rib consists of a glue laminated timber beam and column, acoustic absorbents which contain the air conditioning ducts, bent glass panes that serve as lighting covers and signs, and integrated reading niches and shelves.

The gradually shifting shapes of the ribs are generated through adapting to the two adjacent buildings and also through spatial quality and functional demands for the different compartments of the library. Each end façade has been shaped according to the specific requirements of the site. At the main entrance, the rib forms the loggia which spans the width of the entire square.

A main intention has also been to reduce the energy need for all three buildings through the infill concept and the use of high standard energy saving solutions in all new parts.

A symbiosis of structure, technical infrastructure, furniture and interior in one architectonic element creates a strong spatial identity that meets the client’s original intent to mark the city’s cultural centre. [Images by Hufton+Crow and Erieta Attali]


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