The digitalization of media will have an even more profound impact on the libraries in the future while still leaving room for the traditional book. In collaboration with the pioneering public library in Aarhus on the mainland of Denmark, schmidt hammer lassen architects are now developing just such a library for the future called Urban Mediaspace.
The company won the international competition for the 30.000 m2 library earlier this year. The architecture of the building with its open levels and visual contact to the outside world will embrace all new media, experiment with new formats and new ways of learning, networking and socializing. At the same time its function as a 24/7 pivot of the city’s cultural life is secured through informal meeting places and venues for cultural events.The range of the practice library work extends from The Royal Library in Copenhagen, to the above mentioned Urban Mediaspace, to the design of public community libraries in Sweden, Denmark and the UK. This diversity has developed the practice’s understanding of the issues pertinent to contemporary library and learning space design; how to design for the future at a time where technology is moving so rapidly; how to mix and balance a variety of activities from studying to socialising to storing books; how to design sustainably, in the widest possible sense.