Deichmanske Bibliotek, Oslo (1)

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The giant bookstand

The speed of change in society, especially in metropolitan life has increased significantly; urban developments however are not in step with this pace. +++ How can the 'hardware' of a city, its buildings and public spaces, adapt? Aspirations for flexibility, for adjustments in building, often result in unsolicited uniformity. So, how to build a library? The epitome of consistency and flexibility. +++ The Deichmanske Bibliotek; not as a vulnerable diva, but as a streetwise super-server, a giant bookstand. This is in fact a liberating feeling: not to be iconic. (BM)

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Location:
Oslo, Norway
Project:
Closed competition for the new Deichmanske Bibliotek, Oslo
Competition:
2009Client:HAV Eiendom, Oslo
Program:
Library 18,000 m2 BTA, commercial 37,000 m2 BTA           Architect:
SeARCH in collaboration with Christian Müller Architect, Amsterdam, Rotterdam
Design:
Bjarne Mastenbroek, Christian Müller, Uda Visser, Marijn Mees
Assistants:
Noura Al-Sayeh, Max Klaentschi, Hugo Henriques, Maria Ionescu, Giovanni Pigliapochi, Carolien Schippers
 
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