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Criticised Library Extension Scrapped

Published tisdag 13 oktober 2009 kl 11.58
The Stockholm Public Library was designed by Gunnar Asplund and built in 1928.

After being criticised by the UN culture body Unesco, the planned rebuilding of Stockholm's treasured central library has been cancelled - but only because the project ran out of money.

The planned extension would have costed almost the equivalent of 200 million US dollars and involved new tall buildings at the back of the 1920s library, built by legendary architect Gunnar Asplund.

This is too much, says the city council's Madeleine Sjöstedt. The 3.4 million US dollar amount that has already been spent on the project will have to be abandoned. And the architect who won the competition to design the planned extension will also have to see her drawings binned.

UN body ICOMOS had previously announced a 'heritage alert' on behalf of the library, sinc eht planned extension would have involved demolition of one of the original annexes.

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