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Welcome inside the Central Library!


Watch the video as it takes you inside the Central Library. You’ll see a new type of library designed by ALA Architects. The layout is divided into 3 parts:

– 1st floor is the central service station for those on the go
– 2nd floor is the forge where skills and ideas come to life
– 3rd floor is the calm oasis for thought and contemplation

The first floor is an accessible and lively space where the entrance and service points meet. It includes the lobby, an exhibition area, a library zone specifically for families, an event spot, a café and restaurant, and a space just to hang around. This ground floor will be the most active environment in the library, where the confluence of the city and the library will flow together.

The second floor is for hands-on activities. It is a place for working, creating, interacting and learning-by-doing. Here you will find studios, gaming rooms, a makerspace, a kitchen, and areas for workshops, meetings, and other interactive exchanges. These areas will be functional, with the option to make divided or enclosed areas as needed. They will be ideal for working, organizing meetings, testing ideas, editing videos or creating objects with 3D printers.

The third floor is designed for the individual and one’s own thoughts. It is a tranquil area for relaxing and concentrating. Under the cloud-like ceiling one can study, escape from hectic routines, or just admire the view of the city. This area provides the ideal atmosphere for the beloved pastime of reading. The majority of the library’s collection resides here, in addition to quiet reading areas, the children’s world, and the patron’s balcony.

Building of the central library begins in fall 2016 and it will be completed in 2018 to celebrate the centennial of Finnish independence. The library is the Finnish Government’s official centennial project.

Production and creators: City of Helsinki, ALA Architects and VIZarch

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