STOCKHOLM CITY LIBRARY TO BE RESTORED BY CARUSO ST JOHN
The British architects, Caruso St John, have won a competition to restore and expand upon one of the most significant 20th-century buildings in Sweden: the Stockholm City Library. Work is set to begin in 2017 and should be completed by 2019. A previous scheme was abandoned due to funding issues and protests from heritage groups. However, Caruso St John’s design is a restoration project as opposed to a completely new extension. In order to meet the more contemporary requirements of the library, the studio plans to work on and reorganise the internal spaces of the building. Stockholm City Library was designed by Erik Gunnar Asplund and was one of the most accessible libraries in the world. It was also the first of its kind in the country, in that it offered public access to the stacks. Asplund toured America and it was this journey that inspired his vision. The main library is circular, in the middle of the building and reachable by a grand staircase. Although the building has maintained its popularity, it has struggled to keep up with increased foot traffic, along with the demands that come with the changing times.