A theme of transparency, openness and light defines the new library in a city known for its gray days and cold winters. The library’s mandate was for a completely flexible lighting system within the limitation of an exposed cast-concrete ceiling. The solution is a dual system of fixed ambient light elements attached to the ceiling, with furniture integrated lighting. The clever reinterpretation of these elements allows each area to achieve a unique character. The lighting solution not only answers the demanding functional requirements of the library, but it transforms each loft-like space into an inviting, comfortable and energizing city landmark.
Design Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
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