Welcome to the newly renovated Vennesla Library and Cultural Center in Vennesla, Norway.
Norwegian architecture firm Helen & Hard have created a remarkable space by combining an existing community house, learning center, and public space. The result is, among other things, a sanctuary for the printed word. The clean green design and open space are as an inviting a space as a community can hope for.
Nestled within this vast openness are private study spaces at the end of each aisle.
As libraries continue to operate, here at home and in many places around the world, under extreme financial and political pressure it is refreshing to see that in some places the library is still so highly valued.
Also the branding and use as a cultural center present tremendous opportunities for our libraries as they try an map out the road ahead.
More pics and story at My Modern Met
(Via Book Patrol.)