Scandinavia's largest library

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has completed a 30,000 square metre library and Urban Mediaspace, known as Dokk1, in Aarhus, Denmark.

22 Jul 2015


It is the largest construction programme in the city that in 2017 will be European Capital of Culture, and part of a wider vision for the city and its people.

Vision for Dokk1

Dokk1 should be a flexible and dynamic sanctuary for everyone in search of knowledge, inspiration, and personal development - an open and accessible learning environment supporting democracy and community.

Dokk1 provides space for contemplation and knowledge. It is an attractive, intelligent and interactive building, which supports the desire to learn and experience.

Core Values for Dokk1

Citizens, politicians, staff, experts, cooperation partners and networks have contributed to establish the seven core values for Dokk1.

  1. The citizen as key factor
  2. Lifelong learning and community
  3. Diversity, cooperation and network
  4. Culture and experiences
  5. Bridging citizens, technology and knowledge
  6. Flexible and professional organisation
  7. Sustainable icon for Aarhus