In contrast to the other buildings in the Töölönlahti District, an essential component of the design involved creating a public space at the top of the library, visually connecting Töölönlahti to Senate Square and the city at large. The library is organized by six intersecting axes that afford spectacular vistas while creating a variety of spatial configurations for the library’s program. With it’s six floor levels each pointing toward a celebrated landmark, the Central Library becomes a symbolic center for city.
TYPE: Civic, Library LOCATION: Helsinki, Finland STATUS: 2012-2013, Competition AREA: 14,000 m2 CLIENT: City Of Helsiniki, Helsinki, Finland ENGINEER: ARUP ENVIRONMENTAL: ARUP: Russell Fortmeyer, Senior Consultant VISUALIZER: Labtop ARCHITECT: PAR: Jennifer Marmon, Partner in Charge; Matthew Young, Project Architect; Team: Ross Ferrari, Allison Klute, Cory Ringo, Seyoung Choi, Ryan Fagre, Tom Ames, Reza Hadian, Garrett Runck, Aliya Popita, Yen Vo, Cici Luong
AWARDS International Design Award, Conceptual, Second Place, 2014 International Design Award, Institutional, Second Place, 2014 American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum|European Center for Architecture, 2013 American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles, Next LA Honor Award, 2013 American Institute of Architects, New York, Merit Award, 2013 American Institute of Architects, National, Emerging Professionals Award, 2013 World Architecture News (WAN), 21×21 Award, Finalist, London, UK, 2013
CONFERENCES Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) 101 Conference,San Francisco, 2013 Facades + Innovation Conference, Extreme Ocularity, Chicago, 2012
EXHIBITIONS The City and The World Exhibition, 14th Annual Biennial of Architecture, Buenos Aires, AR, 2013 American Institute of Architects, New York, Awards Exhibition Center for Architecture, 2013 The Southern California Institute of Architecture [SCI-Arc] 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Los Angeles, 2013 American Institute of Architects, National Awards Exhibition American Center for Architecture, DC, 2013 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) 101 Conference, New Constellations Ecologies Exhibition, San Francisco, 2013 Heart of the Metropolis Exhibition, Jätkäsaari Bunker, Helsinki, 2012