An ode to literature: Oodi Central Library by ALA Architects
Client: City of Helsinki
Architects: ALA Architects
Location: Töölönlahdenkatu, 00100 Helsinki (FI)
Oodi Central Library by ALA Architects in Helsinki opened its doors one day before Finland's 101st existence as an independent country. Located opposite the Finnish parliament and conceived by the architects as a national birthday gift to the citizens, the library is situated in an area of political and public space in the midst of numerous art and cultural institutions such as Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art and Musiikktalo Concert Hall.
Thanks to efficient use of construction materials and detailed sustainability analyses of longitudinal volumes, Oodi Central Library achieves more or less the standard of a zero-energy house. Practically a third of the total floor area is given over to storage space for 100,000 books. At the same time, Oodi Central Library is the main hub in an external distribution system, meaning its users are able to access 3.4 million books altogether.
This has saved on space, with the result that the architects have been able to integrate a movie theatre, music and video recording studios, workshops equipped with 3D printers and exhibition and function rooms into the Oodi Central Library roombook.