Rostock University Library

Rostock University Library

Architect
Henning Larsen
Location
Rocstock, Germany
Project Year
2004
Category
Libraries

Rostock University Library

Henning Larsen as Architects

Rostock University Library is the cornerstone of a comprehensive eight-faculty extension of the Rostock University. Located on a significant, elevated site on the corner of Albert Einsteinstrasse and Ringstrasse, the library will mark the entrance and stand out as a landmark of the new university. The L-shaped building creates a new, active space in the city interacting with the students’ café opposite.


The individual study spaces are located in a narrow L-shaped reading gallery towards the entrance square, separated from the shelf areas by a crevice of light that extends up four storeys.


A large organically shaped carving in the lower floor – leading from porch to counter – defines the flow in the entrance area of the building. A light steel staircase in the interior crevice of light runs up through the storeys. The library is a developing project focussing on energy saving measures. Refrigeration of the building is embedded in the concrete floors and connected to a geothermal facility.

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