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Participatory spaces

A look at the Dokk1 library in Aarhus, Denmark

The leading idea about the building is that the library space is a covered urban space – and this space is for people, not just books.

A hybrid library space

Dokk1 is Scandinavia’s largest public library and represents a new generation of modern hybrid libraries. In this urban space, there are many opportunities for experience, learning, activity and contemplation. One of the core values behind the project is to create a building that bridges citizens, technology and knowledge.

Interactive floor

The interactive floor promotes collective and differentiated learning styles and needs through play and physical activity. The children use their hands and feet to interact with the floor, allowing them to do the activities.

Interactive binoculars

The interactive binoculars take you up in the air. See a fantastic view over your area and get the opportunity to zoom in on specific locations and sites. The options are many, and the content varies. Using drones and spherical video, the binoculars can take you in every direction.

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Sidsel Bech-Petersen is a library transformer with Aarhus Public Libraries. She has helped guide and manage the transformation of the Dokk1 Urban Mediaspace. 

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