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Ibsen Library

The new Ibsen Library, located at the unique and complex Meierikvartalet site in Skien, Norway, is an institution that honors the legacy of famed playwright and poet Henrik Ibsen. Just steps from Ibsen’s birthplace, the new library will be a cultural highlight of Skien’s town center with a sensuous landscape surrounding the building.

Our nature-based design of the public space integrates new nature into the heart of the city, which increases the area’s biodiversity and quality of life for all citizens. The building will house exhibition and performance spaces that will allow visitors to experience the work and influence of Henrik Ibsen - as well as a citizens’ service center, tourist information center and offices.

The final site will be chosen in March 2020.


Service Landscape and urban space design
Location Skien, Norway
Type Library
Client Skien Municipality
Design period 2019-2020
Realization 2021-2025
Area 7,800 m2 building. 875 m2 landscape.
Partners Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Rambøll Norway

”Through our nature-based design of the urban space a lush and sensuous landscape is created, which enhances the biodiversity of the city and brings nature into the citizens’ daily life”

- Louise Fiil Hansen, Partner in SLA Norway