this past tuesday, schmidt hammer lassen architects was announced as the winner to design ‘urban mediaspace’, the largest public library in scandinavia. the 228 million euro project is located in aarhus, denmark and is only the latest in the studio’s history of library designs. other finalist in the competition included mecanoo, gpp architects and a-team, a collaboration between two danish studios, aart and arkitema. schmidt hammer lassen’s deisgn aims to re-examine the traditional concept of library design. rather than focusing on books, the building is envisioned as a hub for social interaction that includes indoor and outdoor recreation spaces, as well as studying, socialising and relaxing areas. measuring 30,000 square metres, ‘urban mediaspace’ is located in aarhus’s old cargo docks area. the building is heptagonal in shape and features a glazed-facade.

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'urban mediaspace' by schmidt hammer lassen architects

'urban mediaspace' by schmidt hammer lassen architects

'urban mediaspace' by schmidt hammer lassen architects