The 400,000 square-foot Stockholm Public Library was an entry for the international competition to design an expansion to the existing historical and architectural landmark library in Stockholm. The city prepared an extensive project brief and solicited thousands of competition entries to consider an expansion to be located adjacent to the existing library.
The design team created a large, transparent glass sail at the front and rear façades as the main massing element, and organized the nine floors around this general shape. The sail was also imagined as being equipped with internal LED lights so that it could be a literal and metaphoric beacon of light, particularly during winter months when sunlight is scarce.
A long hallway was created that bisected the entirety of the old and new libraries, and was called the Hall of Literature. The new Hall would be used for exhibitions and circulation, with inspirational quotes inscribed in many of the world’s languages along its length. Outside the building, an open area was created that could be used as a skating rink by winter and a public plaza by summer.
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