Stockholm City Library
Easy to stay a while
One of Sweden’s most internationally famous buildings, the Stockholm City Library is situated at the crossroads of Sveavägen and Odengatan in Stockholm. It was originally designed by Gunnar Asplund in the 1920s.
TEA was hired by the City of Stockholm to re-build and furnish the parts of the building that are located underneath the famous rotunda adjacent to the main entrance from Odengatan.
The assignment, which required care and respect for the original construction, consisted of creating space for more study areas, as well as making the premises more accessible for everybody, as the main entrance is the only doorway suitable for people with physical disabilities. An audiobook department, café and study workspaces were also to be accommodated.
Inspiration came from Asplund’s original details, which TEA then used to create a concept and choice of materials that give a robust and welcoming atmosphere. The result was a brighter and more inspirational place that encourages visitors to stay longer, to read, study or simply just be.
The new entrance was inaugurated in October 2011.