Aarhus Urban Mediaspace is the first of many buildings that will be constructed at the waterfront. It was designed as an entrance point to the city to get the ‘people to move around it in a new way’.
As Stephen Willacy, Aarhus City Architect, explained, ‘how we live in and use the city is very important’. The library brings a flow of people to the waterfront so that the people reclaim the waterfront and the waterfront reclaims the people. 'It was built as a hinge between the old city and harbour’, explained schmidt hammer lassen architects, who designed the new library.
There are train tracks leading up to the front door of Aarhus Urban Mediaspace that will be part of a light rail transit system. There is also automatic parking for 1000 vehicles under DOKK1. These car-parking spaces are for library patrons – as well as anyone else who wants to use them. The library will become a transport hub for anyone wishing to shop, eat, and explore the area.
What learning for UK libraries? Libraries can provide visitors with access to other services. They can become a gateway to other spaces.