Kolding Library


The new public library building in Kolding was opened in 2006. It is situated close to the city center with a unique view to the lake by the former castle Koldinghus. The building also contains a hotel and private apartments. A café connects the library and the hotel.

It is designed by the architectural firm Arkitema from Aarhus, Denmark. With its transparency, open spaces and light wooden interiors it represents a minimalistic continuation of the Scandinavian library style. The zoning of the library functions respects both the need of public media spaces and the need of quietness and contemplation.

The two atriums of the library are decorated with metallic spirals and prisms by the artist Olafur Eliasson.

(This section is written by ND)

Authority and authority type

Kolding Kommune and Jens Holms Biblioteksfond

Title of library in local language

Kolding Bibliotek

Year of completion



Slotssøvejen 4
DK-6000 Kolding

Size of library: 

Category of library

Public Library

More info on the building


Awards and recommended reading

Vejle Amts Biblioteksforenings Bibliotekspris 2006.

Hurra for Koldings nye hybridbibliotek. By Jens Lauridsen. (PDF)
Bibliotekspressen, 2006, no. 5, page 26-28 (in Danish)

Kirsten Sparvath om Kolding Bibliotek. (PDF)
Biblioteksårbog 2005 page 125-129 (in Danish)

Nyt vartegn på halvanden tønder land. By Hellen Niegaard.
Danmarks Biblioteker, 2006 no. 2, page 16-23 (in Danish)

Arkitema on the building

Kolding Library on Flickr

Interior design

Johan Grud Bjerregård, Arkitema

Overall Cost

€ 15.000.000
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