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 that gathers a diversity of functions under one roof. The building facade is clad with robust wooden lamellas to minimize solar gain while allowing visual connection with the inside of the building. The warm lighting scheme will invite people in during the dark winter months, while bench seating stretching the length of the facade will invite passers-by to sit down or engage in activities around the cultural centre in the summer sun.