Helsinki has awarded ALA Architects the privilege of designing an ultra modern new library for the Finnish capital. Prefabricated and clad in locally-sourced timber, the curvilinear three story building will incorporate passive design principles to ensure a super energy-efficient structure that provides state of the art multimedia learning opportunities.
The new Helsinki library is organized on three levels. The first is a dynamic public meeting space with a multipurpose hall, restaurant and even a cinema that can be accessed from three different entryways. From there visitors can either use a double-helix staircase or an elevator to reach the functional second level where a variety of workshops and meeting points are available, and the top floor, where a more traditional, tranquil library setting floats above the city.
The building, which swoops and swerves in striking curves, will be clad in locally-sourced Siberian larch. The façade was conceived with 3D parametric design to ensure the most efficient climatic and energetic performance. This modern, environmentally-sensible library will double as the hub of the city’s public library network and a vibrant place for learners to meet and greet. It is expected to open by 2018.
Via Arch Daily