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Beautifully Designed Library with a Perforated Metal Façade

As we are always on the hunt for new ideas and the latest trends in the sheetmetal world, we regularly come across outstanding architecture. But nothing compares to the new golden library in Copenhagen which features a brilliant metal façade.

'The Library' is an extension of an existing culture house in Copenhagen’s north-west. The extension fulfills four main functions: a children’s library, a youth library, a library for adults and a concert hall.

The building’s unique design is comprised of four golden boxes stacked on top of one another, each containing one of the building’s four main functions. Deliberately designed to resemble a stack of books, the building’s floors each contain a world of their own, including individually staged scenography.

An important element in the architecture is the golden brown siding inside and out of extruded, gold anodised aluminium, which offers the possibility of varying the transparency of the fenestration and creates a uniform facade expression.  Perforated aluminium gives the building its bumpy, golden facade and also lines the walls of a triple-height atrium that cuts through the interior.

Entrances lead into this atrium from both sides of the building, while balconies branch across it on the upper floors. Windows for some of the rooms are concealed behind the metal cladding and are only visible after dark.

Seen from the outside, the facade changes over the day depending on how the daylight falls. Some windows are placed behind the expanded metal, which is barely visible in daylight, but clearly appears in the evening when illuminated from the inside. The architects, COBE and Transform, won a competition to design the building back in 2009.

Photos courtesy of Stamers Kontor.

If you love the perforated metal façade at 'The Library' in Copenhagen and want custom design and manufacturing, want more information on perforated sheetmetal, you can contact us at Action Sheetmetal & Roofing by phoning 07 5564 8200, emailing us at orders@actionsheetmetal.com or online www.actionsheetmetal.com

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