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Helen & Hard – Vennesla Library and Cultural Center

The winning design for a new library in Vannesla, Norway belongs to Architecture Studio Helen & Hard. The proposal design includes a library, a café, meeting places and administrative areas and links an existing community house and learning centre together.

For this project, the architects developed a rib concept to create useable hybrid structures that combine a timber construction with all technical devices and the interior. The design consists of 27 ribs made of prefabricated glue-laminated timber elements and CNC cut plywood boards making them acoustic absorbents. Each rib also contains the air conditioning ducts, bent glass panes that serve as lighting covers and signs, and integrated reading niches and shelves.

The design also reduces the energy need for all three buildings through the infill concept and the use of high standard energy saving solutions in all new parts.

(via Helen & Hard)

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