Stockholm City Library
Stockholm, Sweden 2014–2019
Client: Stockholms Stad Heritage status: Blåklassad
The City of Stockholm commissioned a scheme to expand capacity of Erik Gunnar Asplund’s Stockholm City Library in 2014, abandoning earlier plans to build a new city library building.
Some parts of the existing library, including the international library collection, are combined in the Annex —a separate building on the west side— and the library does not have sufficient space for all its activities. The new programme required a doubling of the number of seats to allow the integration of the international library collection into the main building, the extension of the children’s library, and a renovation of the rotunda and historic rooms.
The design proposed a major extension in the Bazaars, which form a plinth for Asplund’s building on the east side. The Bazaars were to be reconstructed and the ground was to be excavated more extensively to form a deep floor at the level of the street, which connects into the old building. The new single-storey space would be an open and horizontal reading room, with continuous windows along the pavement edges, as a complement to the enclosed and vertical interior of Asplund’s rotunda. The new room would include a main library entrance from the street corner; an event space in its centre; and a café on the south side opening onto the park. A large spiral stair and lifts would lead up into the Asplund building.
The children’s library on the south side of the building would be extended into a new circular room under the rotunda, in an area formerly occupied by plant rooms. The project also included interiors within the main building, which would be restored and renovated, along with new furniture, lighting and servicing.
The project, currently paused, was in collaboration with Stockholm-based Scheiwiller Svensson Arkitektkontor AB and the interior designers In Praise of Shadows.
Blåklassad (equivalent to Grade I listed)
Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso, Peter St John
Dominik Arni, Thomas Back, Catija Christensen Anna Cooke, Declan Corbett, Mona Fögler, Rod Heyes, Darya Moatazed-Keivani, Paul Maich, Amy Perkins, Liselore Vandecandelaere, Nora Walter
Scheiwiller Svensson Arkitektkontor
In Praise of Shadows Arkitektur
Sonny Svensson Konsult