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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Helsinki Central Library in FINLAND by ALA ARCHITECTS

 
July 6th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ALA ARCHITECTS

Käännös’ grows from the dynamic between the site and the goals of the library program. The interplay between the building’s three individual floors is the key concept of the entry. The public plaza in front of the building will continue inside, merging with a catalogue of meeting and experience features. The ground floor will be a robust, busy and frequently updated space suitable for quick visits and walkthroughs. The active, zero-threshold public spaces will be visible, attractive, understandable and welcoming to all visitors.

Image Courtesy © Jussi Tiainen

  • Architects: ALA ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Helsinki Central Library
  • Location: HELSINKI, FINLAND
  • Photography: Jussi Tiainen
  • TYPE: Open competition, 1. prize
  • STATUS: In progress
  • PROGRAM: 16 000 m2
  • CLIENT: City of Helsinki
  • TEAM: Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta and Samuli Woolston with Aleksi Niemeläinen, Jussi Vuori, Erica Österlund and Martin Genet, Vladimir Ilic, Tiina Juuti, Julius Kekoni, Auvo Lindroos, Pekka Sivula, Jyri Tartia
  • COLLABORATORS: Renderings: Vizarch.Cz, Petra Grísová, Josef Veselý, Vratislav Zíka Energy technical specialist: Arup, Paul Dunne Mechanical engineering: Arup, Paul Dunne, Susan Cormican, Luke Stewart, Mona Holtkoetter Structural engineering: Arup, Rory McGowan, Aidan Madden, Colm Morrin Facade engineering: Arup, Anthony McCauley Scale model: Stoltmodels, Klaus Stolt
  • Software used: Autocad Architecture 2013

Image Courtesy © Jussi Tiainen

The traditional, serene library atmosphere can be found on the top floor. This will be a calm and contemplative area floating above the busy central Helsinki. It will offer unobstructed, majestic views to the surrounding park and cityscape.

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

Image Courtesy © Jussi Tiainen

Image Courtesy © Jussi Tiainen

Image Courtesy © Jussi Tiainen

Image Courtesy © Jussi Tiainen

Image Courtesy © Jussi Tiainen

Image Courtesy © Jussi Tiainen

Image Courtesy © Jussi Tiainen

Image Courtesy © Jussi Tiainen

Image Courtesy © ALA ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © ALA ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © ALA ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © ALA ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © ALA ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © ALA ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © ALA ARCHITECTS

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