12 joulukuuta 2018

Oodi - Calling Card for Finnish Architecture

The newest pride of the Finnish architecture is 
OODI - Helsinki Central Library

Oodi is a striking building with its glass and steel structures and wooden facade, 
its design being a combination of traditional and contemporary flavours. 
The energy-efficient library is an impressive calling card for Finnish architecture.

ALA Architects is responsible for Oodi’s architectural planning,
and YIT is the building contractor. The open international architectural competition in 2012
received 544 entries from all over the world. ALA Architects was declared the winner
with their entry Käännös (Turning Point) in 2013. 
The construction of Oodi took three years and was on schedule. 
The grand opening took place on 5 December, the eve of our Independence Day.

Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo

Oodi is a living meeting place at Kansalaistori square, right at the heart of Helsinki. 
Oodi complements the cultural and media hub formed by Helsinki Music Centre,
Finlandia Hall, Sanoma House and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. 
Oodi is a non-commercial, urban public space that is open to all.
Apart from the traditional library services, Oodi also features a café, restaurant, cinema, art, 
studio facilities and an urban workshop, for example.

“Oodi symbolises the core values of our society, such as education, culture, equality and openness.
The promotion of these values is especially vital in these times marked by uncertainty. 
Oodi stands firmly in the defence line of our democracy.” - Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori.


THE FIRST FLOOR is a fast paced transformable space. 
It holds a spacious lobby for organising various events, the library’s information desk, 
book returns as well as a café. The cinema and the multi-purpose hall located on this floor
can be flexibly used for either extending the lobby or organising separate events.

ON THE SECOND FLOOR city residents can get creative in the top-class workshop and
studio facilities. A broad range of tools is available for anyone to use, ranging from 3D printer
to overlocker, from laser cutter to label printer. The second floor also hosts
the state-of-the-art studios for playing music, recording, filming and editing.

Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo

BOOK HEAVEN on the third floor of Oodi fuses the traditional library mood 
and modern library services. Oodi is one of 37 branches of Helsinki City Library and
part of the Helmet library network.The third floor invites you to read, learn and relax. 
There are 100,000 items available to borrow, a café and nine living trees. 
THE CITIZENS’ BALCONY facing Parliament House is a great place to admire
the Töölönlahti Park and city centre in the summertime.

See more photos and info HERE.

Oodi is stunning, really a reason to be proud of!


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- riitta

22 kommenttia:

  1. What an interesting place, Riitta! Thank you for all those great photos!
    Have a happy day,
    Love and hugs, Claudia xo

    1. The architecture of Oodi is stunning, so is the concept: easy access and open for everybody. They expect 2,5 million visitors a year.

  2. I like mpdern architecture very much. Thank you for showing...

  3. ...a dramatic building, thanks for sharing.

  4. Tämä rakennus saa tuntemaan ylpeyttä suomalaisuudestani.
    Lisäsin tämän jo rakennusvaiheessa "Pakko nähdä-listalleni"

    1. Kyllä Kirsti. Suomalaiset arkkitehdit ovat aivan huippuja - mielikuvitus plus taito <3

  5. Impressive! What a fantastic library!

  6. Thanks for the info, Riitta. On my list to visit...

    1. Thank you all for commenting. Luisella, the white low bookshelves are from Italy. Low white units fit to the space perfectly and preserve the airy atmosphere of the Book Heaven.

  7. Great architectural marvel encompassing so many impressive activities!

  8. Interesante y bonito, me ha encantado. Besitos.

  9. Hello Dear Riitta
    Great architecture. Your relationship is unusual.
    I watch with pleasure. Riitta, thank you very much that I could see this unique building.
    Hugs and greetings.

  10. Hello Dear Riitta
    Thank you very much for your good wishes.

  11. What a beautiful space. The photo of the entire complex glowing with light is lovely. I think having space to be creative, with tools available, is so important. But my favourite part is the library with those stacks of books waiting to be read, and the light in that space. Gorgeous!

  12. Lodi is indeed a wonderful place for each, Riita. Thank you for sharing this. It’s always interesting for me to read about Helsinki. Years ago I have contact with a very nice professor there. He gave me his dissertation for my own purpose for educational seminars I had to give...

    Happy MosaicMonday!

  13. Very interesting tour and wonderful photos. Happy Mosaic Monday


  14. That looks futuristic...so modern and beautiful...oh and BIG! Love your photos! Merry Christmas my friend!

  15. Riitta - I struggle sometimes with modern architecture - it often appears to be trying too hard to be unique rather than functional. But this building is simply amazing - I love the spaces and that they were truly designed to be used by everyone in such diverse ways. A wonderful way to demonstrate Finnish values. Thanks for sharing with the Mosaic Monday crowd this week.

  16. Riitta, What a wonderful hub of a building. Beautiful, functional and a joy to visit looks like. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Sylvia D.

  17. Wow! This is a very handsome modern library. Glad to see those stacks. :-)

  18. Quite dramatic looking, I like it.
    Many thanks for sharing your photographs.

    All the best Jan


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