Vennesla Library

Creating an inviting, generous and sustainable library

Vennesla needed a new, modern library that could also house various cultural events: concerts, plays, children’s activities and art exhibitions. The goal was to draw more people into the library – to let them experience the wonderful world of books – and at the same time to offer a bright, open meeting spot for locals. The library had to be nestled in between two existing buildings on the town square. It also had to be energy efficient.

Helen & Hard won the competition, allowing us to create a cultural and social hub built from all-wooden structural elements and glass. The loggia extends organically from the main entrance across the outside square, connecting the building to its surroundings.

The whole library consists of 27 ribs that inform the geometry of the roof, as well as the undulating orientation of the generous open space, with personal study zones nestled along the perimeter.


Helen&Hard Reinhard Kropf, Siv Helene Stangeland, Håkon Solheim, Caleb Reed, Randi Augenstein

Reinhard Kropf

Partner / Creative Director

Reach out to Reinhard to learn more about the project.

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