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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.

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