International architectural competition for Helsinki’s Central Library

The Central Library will be a new kind of meeting place for knowledge, skills and stories.

The project plan features examples of new types of facilities that the Central Library should incorporate. These facilities include learning environments that promote different ways of learning, an event marketplace and residents’ square, new technology experiment rooms and the residents’ own open office, i.e. a creative office space for independent working. Other facilities on the wish list are quiet learning and meditation areas, space for families with children, a café, a restaurant and small-scale business facilities.

The architectural competition for the Central Library is part of the Helsinki World Design Capital year. The city administration is also planning to launch an open naming competition in hopes of finding the Central Library a name that embodies the transitioning nature of library activities.

Source: City of Helsinki