Halmstad Library

Halmstad/ Sweden

Size/ 8,000 m²
Cost/ € 12 million excl. VAT
Competition/ 2002, 1st prize in restricted Nordic competition
Status/ Construction period 2004 – 2006
Client/ The Municipality of Halmstad
Engineer/ Rambøll A/S
Interior design/ shldesign
Awards/ 2006, Nominated for the Kasper Salin Award/ 2006, The Architecture Prize of the Municipality of Halmstad/ 2007, Awarded the Helgjutet-prize from Swedish Concrete Industry

The Halmstad library extends across the wide expanse of the Nissan River like a bridge linking the historic part of town with the new urban development area, formerly divided by the river for hundreds of years. A square in front of the library creates a new urban space which can host a range of civic activities. Inside, the library is essentially a single open space, flexible and highly legible: an open structure which allows an active interplay between the columns and the trunks of the trees outside. The atrium is the focal point that creates instant overview and connects the library’s three floors vertically.

Halmstad Library is set in a parkland space on the River Nissan, overlooking Halmstad’s historical core.

The library is constructed of few and simple materials: concrete, glass and Nordic larch flooring.

The Library is raised above street level on a forest of columns echoing the trees surrounding the building. The grass roof of the building is a sustainable solution, reducing UV penetration and the need for drainage, as well as providing additional insulation.

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