University of Helsinki City Campus Library

Helsinki / Finland / 2012

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Helsinki University Main Library, the largest academic library in Finland is located in a historically important city block in the very heart of the city centre. The library was designed to offer a wide range of services flexibly to a large number of customers. This imposing building in the centre of Helsinki provides a gateway to the new information age. The design is based on a winning proposal of invited architectural competition. The new library building complements the urban block by adding a curved brick facade, integrated within the street line formed by the adjacent buildings. The architectural starting point - the cityscape considered - was a vision of a unique public building that will suit its surroundings in terms of its materials, design and height. The dense fenestration grid, which blurs the standard floor division, together with the large arched openings give the library a distinct external appearance. By varying the size of the arched openings the building is fitted as an integrative solution within a situation of three different types of street space. The design of the building’s interior is based on an aligned series of openings in the ceilings. Three distinct apertures and the main staircase form a series of spaces serving as a basis for the ambiance of the interior, the functional zones as well as the architecture of the façade. The architectural concept of the façade directly reflects the functional solutions of the interior. The facilities have been divided into functional zones with the aim of facilitating the use of the library and its services. This will, in turn, support and facilitate the learning process. The apertures are encircled by walkways and the information zone, which is, in turn, surrounded by the collections zone. A work zone with sound-proof working facilities provides areas for both quiet reading and noisy group work. The library also has quiet reading rooms. The objective of the University of Helsinki was to build a representative, interesting and comfortable facilities for students, researchers and staff to be appreciated. Project management / cost and site management: Indepro Oy Building services consultant: Pöyry Building Services Oy Construction-engineering consultant: Finnmap Consulting Oy Electrical engineering consultant: Pöyry Building Services Oy Acoustical engineering consultant: Helimäki Acoustics [IT] L’Università di Helsinki ha voluto potenziare le sue strutture bibliotecarie, site nel campus centrale, unificando le cinque biblioteche delle facoltà con una nuova biblioteca per studenti sita a Hirvi, quartiere storico nel centro di Helsinki. Il progetto Avaus (apertura), dello Studio Anttinen Oiva Architects Oy, ha vinto il concorso architettonico indetto nel 2007 dall’università di Helsinki. L’edificio della biblioteca, diventato il più grande polo bibliotecario universitario scientifico della Finlandia, è caratterizzato da una facciata curva in mattoni, che si inserisce molto bene nel contesto edilizio dello storico quartiere finlandese. Allo stesso tempo la facciata a vetrata, che nasconde la tradizionale suddivisione in pianerottoli, e le ampie arcate conferiscono alla biblioteca un’identità molto forte. Superficie complessiva: 30.000 mq
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    Helsinki University Main Library, the largest academic library in Finland is located in a historically important city block in the very heart of the city centre. The library was designed to offer a wide range of services flexibly to a large number of customers. This imposing building in the centre of Helsinki provides a gateway to the new information age. The design is based on a winning proposal of invited architectural competition. The new library building complements the urban block by...

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