The new library extension faces the challenge of needing to compliment without competing, and should, in fact, ought to heighten the iconic value of the building and urban concept around it.
The design was molded by a desire to showcase the hidden side of the Asplund library out of respect to the architecture and its author and also out of an inherant need to create a strong public tie between the site and the Odenplan. By linking the back corner of the library and following the Odenplan’s defining street line, the result is a large covered plaza with tall tree-like columns (both solid and translucent), which perfectly frame the library. It is reminiscent of Asplund’s striking chapel entries at the Woodland cemetery.
Finally, in an effort to support the plaza and to encourage public attention, several enticing programs are located on the ground level that will encourage round-the-clock activity among the community.