Buen Culture centre in Mandal, Norway

Public libraries / Completed 2012

Meeting the architects’ demands

The cultural centre in the picturesque town of Mandal is called “The Arch” (Buen). We were consulted at an early stage of the project to share our expertise in library planning. One of the key requests was that we maintain a dialogue with the architects at 3XN throughout the process, which we did.


The light and airy library extends over three floors. A specially designed ceiling-to-floor green wall that contrasts brilliantly with the white shelving characterizes the interior. The panorama windows give a spectacular view over the river. Nature and tradition meet development and innovation.


Besides the library, “Buen” also houses a cinema, an art gallery, a stage, a cultural school and a café