News

Helsinki gifts a brand new public library to its citizens

A new central library for Helsinki will open on December 5, 2018, a day before Finland marks its 101st anniversary as an independent country. Described as the nation’s birthday gift to its citizens, the library, which has 17,250 square metres of space, has been designed by Finnish architecture firm ALA Architects.

C ALA architecs Helsinki Central Library aukio 1280x Helsinki gifts a brand new public library to its citizens

The €98 million Oodi project will become the flagship of Finland’s internationally renowned network of public lending libraries, setting a new precedent for the future development of libraries around the world.Built to house a variety of innovative services, such as a maker space and music recording studios, alongside its lending collection of books, the library is expected to handle an estimated 2.5 million visits a year.
Public libraries play a central role in Finland’s civic life. Access to public library services is a statutory right for all citizens and Finns are amongst the world’s most enthusiastic users of public libraries: the population of 5.5 million people borrows close to 68 million books a year. Finland was named the world’s most literate nation in 2016.
Oodi Central Library embodies a new era of libraries in Finland and responds to the country’s 2017 update of its public libraries act, which established a mandate for libraries to promote lifelong learning, active citizenship, democracy and freedom of expression. Oodi is located opposite the Finnish Parliament, a site chosen to symbolise the relationship between the government and the populace, with their two houses facing each other across a civic square.
The design for Oodi was chosen following an international competition that attracted 544 entries. The winning design by ALA Architects was developed through an extensive consultation process with both library-users and librarians from the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, which helped to determine the mix of uses offered by the library.  
Oodi will open to the public for the first time at 8 a.m. on the eve of Independence day, on December 5. The opening day programme will start at 2 p.m. and continue until approximately 8.30 p.m. The programme will take place on the outdoor stage and the three floors of Oodi.

Related posts

Fortune Hotels announced its 6th hotel in Delhi NCR

Fortune Hotels announced its 6th hotel in Delhi NCR Inks an agreement for Fortune Park Vivek Vihar, New Delhi Fortune Hotels, a…

IHG Hotels & Resorts debuts 141-key Holiday Inn Express and Suites Jaipur in popular holiday circuit

a management agreement with notable real estate developer, Dinesh Kumar Choudhary (HUF) for a new hotel – Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jaipur Karoli Bagh

FNP Gardens rebrands as FNP Venues- a perfect destination for weddings and events

FNP Gardens revamps to new brand identity as FNP Venues, a unit by Ferns N Petals. A perfect place to celebrate happiness…

The splendid 281 room Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru opens in vibrant Bengaluru

The Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru opens in Bengaluru

Pride opens doors of Pride Chira Meadows Ecoresort and Wellness spa in Dapoli

Pride has launched Pride Chira Meadows Ecoresort and Wellness Spa

ibis opens its 20th hotel in India - the new generation design- ibis Mumbai Vikhroli

ibis Mumbai Vikhroli

Tourism Fiji - International borders reopen on Dec 1, 2021, for visitors to the paradise island

Tourism Fiji tells the world it’s time to book a trip to the ‘Place Where Happiness Finds You’. The island paradise of…

Monaco is For You. At last!

With the launch of its new campaign, the Monaco Tourist and Convention Authority communicates that it’s time for tourism recovery.

Team Mysa jubilant winners in the Sreenidhi University Telangana Premier Golf League 2021 by Hyderabad Golf Association

The sport of Golf persevered on October 9th, 2021 at the finals of the first edition of the Sreenidhi University Telangana Premier Golf…

BWH Hotel Group announces new President and CEO Lawrence M Cuculic effective Dec 1, 2021

BWH announced Lawrence M Cuculic has appointment as President and CEO