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Helsinki Central Library Oodi by ALA Architects

Architecture | August 6, 2021 |

Helsinki Central Library Oodi by ALA Architects
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Helsinki Central Library Oodi by ALA Architects
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Status: Completed

The design grows from the dynamic between the site and the goals of the library program. The key concept is the interplay between the building’s three individual floors.

Helsinki Central Library Oodi by ALA Architects
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The public plaza in front of the building continues inside the building, merging with a catalogue of meeting and experience features. The ground floor is a robust, busy and frequently updated space suitable for quick visits and walkthroughs. The active, zero-threshold public spaces are visible, attractive, understandable and welcoming to all visitors.

Helsinki Central Library Oodi by ALA Architects
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The traditional, serene library atmosphere can be found on the top floor. This is a calm and contemplative area floating above the busy central Helsinki. It offers unobstructed, majestic views to the surrounding park and cityscape.

Helsinki Central Library Oodi by ALA Architects
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These two contrasting spaces that perfectly complement each other are created by an arching wooden volume. The spaces inside the volume are enclosed and more intimate. The wooden volume is stretched vertically to create connections to the open main floors below and above.

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Helsinki Central Library Oodi by ALA Architects
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Helsinki Central Library Oodi by ALA Architects
Image courtesy of ALA Architects
Helsinki Central Library Oodi by ALA Architects
Image courtesy of ALA Architects
Helsinki Central Library Oodi by ALA Architects
Image courtesy of ALA Architects
Helsinki Central Library Oodi by ALA Architects
Image courtesy of ALA Architects
Helsinki Central Library Oodi by ALA Architects
Image courtesy of ALA Architects
Helsinki Central Library Oodi by ALA Architects
Image courtesy of ALA Architects

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