Helsinki Central Library competition

Helsinki Central Library glows light and life to its surroundings.
The building is closely linked to Kansalaistori Square and Finlandia Park, creating a new public meeting place in Helsinki.
The library marks a fresh chapter in the string of cultural buildings around Töölönlahti bay.
Descending wooden overhang above the main entrance evolves to lobby ceiling and main staircase.
Inside the building the diverse array of paths constantly offers new views and experiences.
Perforated façade resembles the trees in the park and curved contours reveal vistas to the city.

Helsinki Central Library competition

    Description:

    The recognizable identity of the new Helsinki Central Library marks a fresh chapter in the string of cultural buildings around the Töölönlahti bay. The building is closely linked to the Kansalaistori Square and Finlandia Park, creating a new public meeting place in Helsinki. The library glows light and life to its surroundings, making everyone feel welcome.

    The building utilizes an environmentally friendly combination of wood and steel construction. The perforated façade creates a smooth appearance, resembling the foliage of the trees in the park. Curved contours reveal large openings in deliberate places for open vistas to the city.

    The descending wooden overhang above main entrance evolves to lobby ceiling and main staircase. Upper floors house the library collections and flexible areas for working, learning and reading. The diverse array of paths inside the building constantly offers new views and experiences.

    Status:

    Open competition 2013,
    finalist, 3rd prize.

    Location:

    Helsinki, Finland

    Program:

    Central Library of Helsinki /
    16 000 m2

    Client:

    City of Helsinki

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