Deichman Library Competition Winner

Spanish practice Herreros Arquitectos and Norwegian architects Lund Hagem Arkitekter AS with Atelier Oslo have won two separate competitions to design a museum and library respectively in Oslo, Norway.

Lund Hagem Arkitekter AS were ranked as number one in the Deichman-competition.

1.  ‘Diagonale’ by Lund Hagem Arkitekter & Atelier Oslo (Norway)

2.  ‘Meeting place/diversity/openness/exploration’  by Schmidt Hammer Lassen (Dennmark)

4.  ‘Intermezzo’ by Snøhetta (Norway)

4.  ‘Between Brochure’ by David Chipperfield Architects (U.K) & Div.A  Arkitekter (Norway)

The Deichman-jury has also given two special mentions. The 2 projects are;

* ‘Body & Mind’ by kister scheithauger gross architekten und stadtplaner GmbH  in coorperation withanOther Architect (Germany)
* ‘Open Minds’ by a-lab (Norway)

Diagonale / Lund Hagem Arkitekter and Atelier Oslo:

‘The motto Diagonale seems to refer to both the sight line requirement, which has a distinct influence of the shape of the library, and the diagonal street that divides the A9 plot to give visual as well as functional access from the Akerselva Common to the Opera. The urban and commercial concept is very good.

Diagonale has a very good solution for the library. It neither has too many nor too few floors, and organizes the library around a beautifully shaped inner space that spans the building from roof to ground level. Diagonale consistently received the best rating from the librarians in the jury, and the general acclaim of the rest of the jury. Architecturally this is a proposal with great potential, while at the same time respectful of the position of the Opera.

Diagonale scored best on environmental issues of all entries. It can meet energy objectives well below official requirements and is well ahead of all others. The outer skin only has 20% windows. 80% is clad with a translucent nano-gel wall with very strong insulation qualities. This allows the library to be not only innovative in terms of library solutions, but also in technical matters. Future reductions of amissiones and energy use will depend strongly on innovation. The jury wants to emphasize this.’

To see some more pictures and plans of the winning project visit:

Some more information from the competition organizers:

DIAGONALE by Lund Hagem Arkitekter and Atelier Oslo

The Diagonale solution for the new Deichman Library proposes:

To divide the site into three buildings. By doing this, we give each building a human scale and integrate the project into the city.

To place the Library on the site towards Operaallmenningen. Library visitors are offered the best views towards the city, the fjord and the surrounding green hills of Oslo; and the shortest connection to public transport.

To make the Library visible to the public. The top of the library cantilevers out to announce its presence to the visitors arriving from down town Oslo and the Central Station. At the same time the view to the opera is secured by a large cut in the volume.

To create entrances to the east, west, and south. Big cuts in the facade mark the entrances on three sides of the building, inviting the public coming from all parts of the city. The same cuts give views into the different environments of the library.

To create a spectacular interior. The core of the new Deichman library is based on light and space and continuous diagonal views established between the library interior and the surrounding streets/square. Through atriums and openings in the different floors the library is united with the city outside.

To communicate with the city. The façade diffuses the sunlight, giving a calm feeling to the interior. At night, the building will glow and change appearance as a reflection of all the different activities and events inside the library.

To see all competition entries visit:

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