Stockholm City Library, 2007 (incl. Asplund Library), Sweden, 2007 3rd prize (shared) in an open architectural competition (Mauri Korkka) The City of Stockholm held a two-stage architectural competition, the first stage of which was an open international competition to build an extension to the Stockholm Public Library designed by Gunnar Asplund. The intention was that the competition results in a high-class architectonic composition of which the Asplund library is an integral part in a combined library function. The library would have quadrupled its public areas and an extension for the reading and learning of today and tomorrow will would have been built next to the present building with its special qualities and unique values.
The first stage of the competition was completely open and about 6,000 architects from about 120 countries registered for participation. A total of 1,170 proposals were approved and assessed by the jury. From those 1,170 proposals, 6 were chosen to move forward into the second round.
New sculptural "podium" leans on the Observatorielunden. On the top of it there's an extensive, public observation deck, from where there's also a connection to the upper level of the Observatorielunden.
The new Corner is on the same axis as the Observatory and the middle point of Asplund's Library building. The podium type of mass accents the role of Asplund's Library building in the cityscape.
The library complex's main entrance square with water pools and plants opens towards Odengatan. The outdoor spaces of the restaurant and café are located next to the main entrance on the square.
There's also an easy access to the entrance area from the direction of Observatorielunden and old Library Garden.
The core of the new extension is the free formed, dramatic and unique high space - a reflection of the theme in Asplund's Library building. The two high main spaces - old and new - are the highlights of the whole library complex and open media collections spaces.