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Stockholm Library Sweden : Design Contest Entry

Swedish building competition, Europe: Architecture Contest 2007

17 May 2008

Stockholm Library Design Contest

Asplund Architecture Competition
Feb 2007, over 1,100 entries

Entry by JDS Architects:

Stockholm Library Asplund Architecture Competition Entry by JDS Architects

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How does one address a site entangled in urbanity, nature while facing a cultural icon? Until now the observatory hill had only one façade towards the city. We suggest turning the library’s extension into a garden library, unifying the new facility with the street on one side and the observatory plateau on the other.

All Model Photos by Nikolaj Maller, from JDS Architects 2008

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We do this by pulling the hill towards the street, in the process creating a large sloping roof-façade, accessible via ramps of different grades. These are created through a process of cutting, in turn, providing the whole building with an overview directed to the Asplund Library as well as good interior day lighting conditions.

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Facing the street, the blanket is pulled up on one corner, creating a very urban, almost high-rise façade with a spectacular entrance that avoids blocking the view of the original Asplund library.

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The west corner is pushed down towards the street, allowing a plaza between the two library buildings. The façade is dotted and activated with study rooms as interior balconies allowing privacy, but still providing generous space within the open library floors.

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JDS Entry – Project Team

JULIEN DE SMEDT, MICHAELA WEISSKIRCHNER, ALEX SMITH, FELIX LUONG, MIKAEL LING, STEFAN HOFER

Location: Stockholm, Sweden




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