Oslo's Deichman Bjørvika central library, which stands alongside the Snøhetta-designed opera house on the city's waterfront, opened in 2020. Designed by Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem, the five-storey building contains space for 450,000 books wrapped around a large, top-lit atrium that connects the floors and breaks them into smaller spaces.
The library is arranged vertically, with a cinema and 200-seat auditorium in the basement, and a cafe, restaurant and newspapers and magazines on the ground floor. The building's interiors were designed by Oslo-based Scenario. Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem punctuated the upper floors with a series of diagonal voids that combine into a central atrium and create variety within the internal spaces.
Locally based studios Atelier Oslo and Lundhagem won the competition to design the library in 2009. Atelier Oslo was founded in 2006 by Brandtzæg, Mowe, Thomas Liu and Jonas Norsted. Lundhagem was established by Hagem and Lund in 1990.
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