Kunsthøgskolen, the National Academy of the Arts, Norway

Academic libraries / Completed 2010

Industrial tradition meets contemporary art

In Oslo, the old Christiania Seilduksfabrikk (canvas factory) by Akerselva River at Grünerløkka has been reconstructed to accommodate Kunsthøgskolen (KHiO), the National Academy of the Arts. The buildings are from the late 19th century and carry a rich industrial tradition. Now, they are transformed into a spectacular venue for cultural expressions and a complete school of art.


The old factory has a total area of 40,000 sqm and the library is an important part. With a mix of old and new, the design gives room for creativity and cares for the history. The library is one of the most modern in Norway and a vital resource for students and faculty.