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Nørrebro Library - library recreates rooflights in a disused tram depot to let the sky in

In a fusion of community recreation in Copenhagen's Nørrebro district, the local library has moved into a disused tram depot. In its day, the depot was topped by ridgelights, and these have now been recreated with respect for the building's original architecture. The contemporary version from VELUX Commercial also offers the option of adjusting the daylighting using blinds and creating a pleasant indoor climate by means of natural ventilation.

The contractor chose prefabricated VELUX modular skylights due to their competitive pricing and speed of installation.

  • It took three men a single day to install the modular skylight.
  • The modular skylight consists of 22 fixed and 6 opening modules, which also act as smoke vents in the event of fire. There are also remote-controlled white roller blinds.
  • Local library-goers are delighted to spend time in this space, where many of them read and study for hours.

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Products used in project

1 x Ridgelight

Ridgelight 25-40°

A dual pitched rooflight for installation on a flat roof or at a roof apex.

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Quantity of modules: 22

Ridgelight 25-40°

A dual pitched rooflight for installation on a flat roof or at a roof apex.

Illustration of Ridgelight solution Read more

Flemming Anders Overgaard

Architect

It was important for us to make the interior an extension of the urban space. The skylights help to achieve that because residents can appreciate the sky both outside and inside.

Kim Fugl Rasmussen

Contractor

It's easy to install. A bit like the Meccano I constructed as a boy. We usually hire contractors for that type of installation, but we let our carpenter take care of it instead. That saved time and money.

Stine Høi Sørensen

Library and arts & culture centre manager

The daylight creates an airy atmosphere. We can see the sky, the clouds and the passage of the light. In the afternoon, the way in which the light enters the interior is very special, and the shelves create these magical shadows.

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