Henrik Ibsen Library in Skien
Kengo Kuma 

Henrik Ibsen Library in Skien

Kengo Kuma 


A proposal drawn up by Kengo Kuma & Associates in collaboration with Mad Arkitekter and Buro Happold Engineering has been declared the winning scheme in the competition for a new library dedicated to Henrik Ibsen in Skien, where the playwright was born.

With a built area of 7,760 square meters and entrances set on different sides and levels, the curvilinear building connects with the existing park by means of a new amphitheater opening out to it. The roof slopes down toward the natural landscape and up toward the city. The underground floor gradually submerges visitors through wide steps with built-in shelves that separate spaces, where wood predominates, contributing to a warm ambience.