Designed by Helen & Hard, the Vennesla Library and Cultural Centre's key design feature is its impressive ceiling, made from 27 prefabricated glulam (glued laminated timber) ribs
The ribs ensure optimal ventilation and light
They also transform into furniture when reaching the ground level
The construction conforms to low energy standards...
... thanks to the use of a single central geothermal heat pump and the fact that air is released through a rib 'add-on' at ground level, returning through the ribs at the ceiling
The interiors are detailed in timber, using oak parquetry for all floors and plywood veneer birch for fixed fittings
Untreated heartwood pine is used in the outer façade
The project was completed at the end of 2011
The new building, incorporating a library, a café and public meeting spaces, is linked to a cinema and adult educational facility, built earlier
The interconnecting buildings overlook the main town square
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