A clever, rib-cage design and sustainable approach are the winning features of this southern-Norway library by architects Siv Helene Stangeland and Reinhard Kropf of Helen & Hard. The pine-slatted space in Vennesla, was designed with social interaction in mind – it includes an inviting sheltered courtyard with renewable timber seating. But the main feature is the impressive ceiling, made of 27 prefabricated laminated-timber ribs that invite in natural light and transform into cosy reading furniture at ground level. Eco-friendly elements include a central geothermal heat pump and an efficient ventilation system that keeps air flowing through the ‘ribs’.
By Ellie Stathaki