City library, halmstad

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At the centre of Halmstad, the seamless integration of nature and modern architecture has turned the City Library into an oasis of literary inspiration. Bjelin’s hardened ash floor ESARP 3.0 XL fulfilled the aesthetic aspirations and brought about practical advantages that resonate throughout the space. In 2022, Fredblad Arkitekter were responsible for the renovation and floor replacement. “The choice of Bjelin’s ash floor was driven by a desire to achieve the aesthetic vision while preserving the existing floor,” said architect AnnCharlott Castler. “The floating installation proved to be a practical solution, eliminating the need for extensive removal work.

The impact of the XL planks in the library’s vast space is aesthetically pleasing in long corridors and creates a cleaner impression in smaller areas designated for youth and learning activities.

The light ash colour in such a large and airy setting adds an almost atmospheric quality, capturing and reflecting the natural light from the library’s southern panoramic windows.

In addition to aesthetics, practical considerations had to be addressed in a space frequented by numerous daily visitors.

“The hardened ash, known for its durability and dent resistance, provides a robust solution capable of withstanding heavy foot traffic without showing signs of wear and tear.”

Fredblad Arkitekter Bjelin 2022 Ash, Misty White by Bjelin Select Plank Lacquer

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