Gallery: ALA Architects Win Bid to Design an Ultra Efficient, Modern Ne...

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.

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Via Arch Daily


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