Library bus by Muungano



Peter Thuvander and Martin Hedenström of Swedish design group Muungano have won the Swedish Library Bus of the Year award for this library bus.


The library bus, designed for the town of Kiruna, won the award from the Swedish Librarian Society.


The bus incorporates a library, small cinema, computer games, a sofa for listening to music and internet access.


The graphics were designed by Fredrik Forsberg of THEY GRAPHICS.


The following is from Peter Thuvander:


I and Martin Hedenström from Muungano got the chance to design a library bus for the northern town of Kiruna. As it happens it´s now done. And have won the prize ´Library bus of the year´ given by the Swedish librarian society.


The function of the new bus is to supply a larger service, where new digital media is presented as well as traditional printed material. Except from distributing media the bus will also function as a place for people to communicate on the web and enable meetings between different groups in the society.

Because of the lack of sunlight during most of the year in the north the bus will be like a lantern when dark to attract people and light up the surroundings. The bus includes a library, a small cinema, computer games, a music listening couch, internet station and personal service. The graphics are made by fellow designers Fredrik Forsberg at THEY GRAPHICS.

Posted on Saturday November 1st 2008 at 7:20 pm by Matylda Krzykowski. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • ujo

    there is this project of a itnerant library made by the culture secretary of São Paulo, in the 30’s, named Mario de Andrade. It was in a volkswagen kombi, a van, not as produced as this one. But this thing is great.

  • iamreply

    This can only be positive! well done guys!

  • Tyler

    Great design but, I think the best thing about this is that it was given the “Swedish Library Bus of the Year award”.

  • One

    Hippies still going strong! Perhaps it does have little to do with actual hippie movements, but the sprits of the graphic work remind me of the movement. Great idea indeed, … Design as a mind breaking motivation for youth to break though tomorrow…

  • Love it love it. I hope swedish kids aren’t as knackering on pubic infrastructure as the Brits though… it looks a little fragile in places!

  • Vienna

    Very interesting! As a child I would have loved such a setting!! Love the designs and colors!

  • sc hu yl er

    Great project.

  • This has meaning. Thank goodness there’s some design with social meaning. Not so keen on their little ebony dolls, though.

  • Jonathan End

    nicely done on the interior and the facade!

  • Puri Kencana Putri

    Superb. Love the lay out things!

  • ann

    whwn you will come in Croatia at Split ?
    see you