Library in Vennesla by Helen & Hard
The new library in Vennesla (Norway) designed by Helen & Hard impresses not only for its beauty and unique architecture, but also for its multifunctionality. The building comprises a library, a cafe, administrative areas, meeting places and it has also an additional function to link an existing community house with learning centre together. The design of the building consists of 27 ribs made of prefabricated glue-laminated timber elements and CNC-cut plywood boards. These ribs create a unique form of the library informing the geometry of the roof, as well as the undulating orientation of the generous open space. Personal study zones are nestled in the ribs along the perimeter of the building. Each private zone has everything to make the reading process as comfortable as possible. There are acoustic absorbents which contain the air conditioning ducts, bent glass panes that serve as lighting covers and signs, and integrated reading niches and shelves. At the main entrance there is a loggia, against south/west side the façade is fitted with fixed vertical sunshading. In addition to the unique and beautiful design the library is a “low-energy” building, defined as class “A” in the Norwegian energy-use definition system.