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Lively library: Central library for Helsinki by OODA.

The Portuguese practice of OODA have prepared this draft for the central library of Helsinki Finland. Conscious of the need to reinvent the library archetype, if it is to remain relevant in the internet age, the practice have proposed a plethora of different functions combining cultural and entertainment features.

The impressive, wedge-shaped building includes three half-public spaces that help to create a smooth transition between the city and the interior of the library, ensuring the building will fit seamlessly into the urban context of the city.

In what is more than a sop to the Finish tradition of using timber internally, the ceiling, lined with ship-lap planks, adds an interesting texture to the under-ceilings reminiscent of the hull of a giant ark.

We can only wonder if the books will be saved for future generations two by two!

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