Roayl Danish Library, Aarhus University

New user facilities in the Book Tower

The Royal Library Aarhus is part of the National Library of Denmark and, along with the Royal Library in Copenhagen, is Denmark's largest research and university library. In 2015, the library wanted to make a significant change to the audience facilities, aiming to expand and renew the area.
  • Royal Danish Library
  • MOE
  • Location
    Victor Albecks Vej 1, 8000 Aarhus
  • Year
    2015 - 2017
  • Size
    4000 m²
  • Awards
    Nohrcon School Building of the Year 2018 and The Renovation Price 2020
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The physical audience facilities at the Aarhus library are located on 4 floors at the base of the iconic Book Tower on the AU Campus. The facilities include study workspaces, reading rooms in various formats, a canteen, café/newspaper and magazine reading room, seminar and meeting areas, as well as a range of welfare facilities that have been expanded and renewed based on the Royal Library Aarhus' Strategy 2015-2018. We have designed the new Study Plaza - a multifunctional area that facilitates both the academic and social study environment.

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Arkitema served as architectural consultant for the comprehensive expansion and renewal of the popular facilities, including remodelling/renovation, interior design, furnishing, lighting, and specialized furniture. The consultancy included, among other things, idea catalogs, analyses, feasibility studies, user involvement/programming, sketching, project planning, and guidance during implementation.

Get an insight into how three students use and experience the new facilities of the Royal Library in Aarhus in the video below.

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From our collaborators

  • The project strikes a functional nerve in a time where study spaces, reading and work merge. In many ways, the project follows the trend of the last 10-12 years at least, where libraries are no longer just massive book depositories, but rather cultural meeting places where social interaction is supported by the spatial design. High quality aesthetics.
    — Fagjuryen, NohrCon