Size/ 5,000 m²
Competition/ 2013, 1st prize in a restricted international competition
Client/ Karlshamn Municipality, Sweden
Engineer/ Buro Happold
Landscape Architect/ SLA
The New Library and Culture Centre in Karlshamn, Sweden, is designed to gather the city’s cultural functions under one roof. The 5,000 m² flexible building contains a library, an exhibition area, a cinema, a tourist office and a café. It will be the city’s new meeting place and will embrace diversity. The facade of the building is clad with robust wooden lamellas to minimize solar gain while allowing visual contact with the inside of the building. During winter, the warm light from the building will appear inviting to visitors. In the summer, a long bench, stretching the length of the facade, will invite passers-by to sit down or engage in activities around the cultural centre.