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Old gondola cars from Tyrol get new life in Oslo Library

14. July 2016

A wonderful example for the usability of good design Made in Austria

In the newly established library in Tøyen district in Oslo they hang in orange and red, four discarded gondola cars produced by Austrian Carvatech - then Swoboda Kabinenbau - during the 1970s for Silvretta Ski-Arena in Ischgl , Tyrol. As a cosy reading corner they enjoy at least the same popularity as they did when carrying skiing enthusiasts. They can accommodate up to 6 young people and are often used for doing home- or group work. “Here they can do their homework undisturbed yet without losing track of the other kids in the library”, says library manager Reinert Mithassel.

Biblio Tøyen is a 600 m2 space for young people aged 10 to 15 years only. It opened in spring 2016 and became immediately very popular. It is THE place to meet after school for reading, doing homework, participate in cultural activities etc. Apart from the staff no adults have access. The concept is unique in Norway, and has enjoyed a lot of attention, both domestically and abroad.

The interior design was created by the architect office Aat Vos from the Netherlands, which also delivered the brilliant idea with the gondola cars. They were acquired from the production team Artisan Tech. The interior of „Biblio Tøyen“ is strictly aimed at the target group. In addition to the cable cars a few old vehicles, an English telephone booth and a Ferris wheel enjoy a new life. A kitchen, workshops, games rooms, stage and foremost books, movies, games and comics make up a magic space. Admission is free – just not for grownups.