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Some our passions include architecture and books, so when the two come together we pay attention. On 6 March 2013 the decision makers of Oslo gave the go-ahead on the new Deichman Main Library, a project which will see Oslo’s public library relocate from its current location to the neighbourhood of Bjørvika. Previously a container port, Bjørvika has been undergoing urban redevelopment over the past decade and the New Deichman will join the National Opera and the planned Munch Museum in Norway’s new cultural hub.

Hailed by many as a ‘library of the future’, New Deichman will be much more than just a library. While seeking to be Norway’s most important arena for literature, the project also looks to become a center of knowledge for the capital’s citizens as well as a host of cultural experiences that are accessible to everyone.

The New Deichman Main Library will also lead the way in green architecture. It will have a specially designed façade that ensures the optimal use of daylight and minimal heat loss, as well as use new building techniques to ensure the project’s place as pioneer in energy and environmental development.

Designed by Atelier Oslo and Lund Hagem Architects, Oslo’s new public library is set for completion in 2016 so for now take a look at the video above to see what the experience will be like.

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Elisabeth

Elisabeth

As well as contributing to The Locals, Elisabeth works in digital and social media. Having grown up in Norway, she retains her fondness for seafood, walking and brown cheese. She often dreams of travelling to distant places, but for now London has stolen her heart. She loves coffee, red lipstick, gin and pandas. She does not love Coldplay.