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Hidden Spaces: Reimagining the library
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


The current Stockholm city library is too small. When Asplund’s library was finished in 1928, it was already too small to house all the media and functions, hence the annex buildings were built. There will be 150,000 more inhabitants than today in Stockholm by the year 2030. If this is the case, the city will not have a public library that lives up to the ambitions of a “sparkling cultural city of knowledge”, as the former Mayor of Stockholm put it.

The temporarily bedless

Each year, more than 1500 hotel rooms are missing in the city. Only a hand full of hostels in the inner city offer rooms for less than 500kr a night. 4500 people in the country are “acutely home- less“ every night and have nowhere to sleep. Furthermore, a lot of non-homless people are in need of a place to sleep occasion- ally. By far, the most common length of time someone is in need of a bed is one night. With these facts in mind, my project pro- poses adding sleeping spaces for visitors to make the library a place people can stay indefinitely. Aside from the lack of sleep- ing spaces, the stigma itself of sleeping in public is a problem. We eat in public and use the bathroom in libraries, so why not sleep at the library? Books may one day be predominantly digi- talized, but what the library can offer than cannot be digitalized is space. Space for sleeping, for meeting, for studying and for cre- ative work.


Asplund’s library is world- renowned, iconic and monumental. This isn’t a problem, but it does present a situation where one must ask how to relate to this monumentality when designing an expansion. My project experiments with the concept in various ways, foremost by reversing monumentality by actually burying most of my addition. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
Public Library, Odenplan
National Category
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-117885OAI: diva2:603418
Educational program
Master of Architecture - Architecture
Available from: 2013-02-06 Created: 2013-02-05 Last updated: 2013-02-06Bibliographically approved

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