Since the 1960s, the library in the small town of Vennesla, Vest Agder County, was placed in provisional premises. After many years of planning and preparation, the new library was completed in the autumn of 2011. A library like no other when it comes to design expression and functionality.
The building has a load-bearing wall structure, cladding, decoration and sun screening of wood and contains a library, foyer with cafe, cinema, reception, meeting rooms and offices. The building is designed by Helen & Hard.
The library reflects much of the Norwegian hand craft tradition: Solid wood made functional for the audience that reminds us of our national romantic heritage and weekend cabin trips (many Norwegians own wooden cabins either by the sea or in the mountains). If there is really something that appeals to Norwegians, it is going to their cabins, place themselves in front of the open fire with a good book.
The Vennesla Library captures both these aspects, and we hope the residents will take advantage of this fantastic offer.
Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews
Photo: Vennesla Library