Helsinki Central Library Oodi

Helsinki, Finland
aerial view
Photo © Tuomas Uusheimo
view from west
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western entrance
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view from south
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ground floor
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ground floor, multi-purpose hall
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ground floor, entrance to film auditorium
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ground floor, film auditorium
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middle floor
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middle floor
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double-helix stair
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top floor
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top floor, children's library
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top floor, balcony
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view from north-west
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Architects
ALA Architects
Address
Töölönlahdenkatu 4, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Year
2018
Cost
1M - 100M
Stories
1-5 Stories
Client
City of Helsinki

Oodi represents a new era of libraries. It is an inspiring and highly functional addition to the urban life of Helsinki and more specifically, the Töölönlahti area. The newly completed library building in the city center, neighboring the Parliament House, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki Music Centre and the Sanoma House, consists almost entirely of public space and offers a wide selection of services. It is the new central point for Helsinki’s impressive public library network. As a non-commercial indoor public space open seven days a week, the Oodi Library acts as Helsinki residents’ common living room, work space and learning environment.

The design of Oodi divides the functions of the library into three distinct levels: an active ground floor, a peaceful upper floor, and an enclosed in-between volume containing the more specific and sometimes louder functions. This concept has been developed into an arching form that invites people to utilize the spaces and services underneath, inside and on top of the bridge-like structure.

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