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Cobe wins competition for Gothenburg University Library

Cobe has won the prestigious international competition for a new university library in the heart of Sweden's second-largest city, Gothenburg. The new 16,000-m² university library will be located in the heart of Gothenburg in the university area of Näckrosen, near many of the city's cultural institutions and to the Faculties of Humanities and The Fine, Applied and Performing Arts.

Cobe's winning project uses the book as the source of inspiration and point of departure for the design. Both the lightness and the gravity of a book is reflected in the subtle curvature of the building's volume and the vertical lines of its facade - much like the pages of a book, just being opened. The volume rests on an open and transperant ground floor with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. The ambition is to allow the building to blend in with the surrounding park, to invite both new and current users inside, and to stand out as a beacon of knowledge at the top of the university area of Näckrosen.

Gothenburg University Library is set for completion in 2028.