06. February 2019
Oodi Central Library by ALA Architects
The building has three levels. On the ground floor are the spacious lobby and an exhibition and event area, central library services, and a café. Core elements on the second floor are an activity space for work and study, interaction, and gaming, together with meeting rooms and an urban workshop. The third floor or “book heaven” is a relaxed space devoted to books. Another café and terrace round off the classic library experience on this floor. The multipurpose first floor can be used for various functions. The library contains 100,000 books in a total area of around 107,640 sf.
This central book space also reflects Finland’s library structure. All citizens have a right of access to public libraries, which have the task of promoting lifelong learning, civic-mindedness, and free expression.
Detailed sustainability analyses and the efficient use of building materials ensure that the Oodi Central Library is practically a zero-energy building. The architects’ focus on durable materials is also evident in the bathrooms. The timelessly modern ME by Starck wall-mounted toilets and D-code washbasins from Duravit offer the highest function and design quality.