Photography: Tuomas Uusheimo

Home to a theatre, recording studios and a maker space, Helsinki’s new public library goes far beyond books – although there are still thousands of them under its wavy roof.

ALA Architects designed the building, which sits opposite the Finnish Parliament and around the corner from the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. A third of the library is dedicated to books, but the rest of the space is intended as a gathering point for Helsinki locals. There’s room for exhibitions, 3D printing workshops, pop-up events and a restaurant and cafe, and Oodi’s wraparound windows and balcony offer views across the city.

Oodi library in Helsinki
Photography: Tuomas Uusheimo

However, lovers of literature aren’t left out, with a minimalist reading room, named ‘book heaven’, located on the top floor.

Töölönlahdenkatu, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

Oodi library in Helsinki
Photography: Tuomas Uusheimo
Oodi library in Helsinki
Photography: Tuomas Uusheimo

Read next: Rebooting the library for the 21st century

Emma is a contributing editor at The Spaces. She also writes for Grafik, Dezeen and Creative Review

Latest Stories

Latest Stories

Share Tweet
+

Our privacy policy has changed - please go here to update your preferences.

Privacy Policy