Helsinki Central Library Animation

A brand new animation about the Helsinki Central Library was published at a presentation of the project's schematic design phase held on September 12th.

The English language version of the animation can be viewed here and the Finnish language version here.

We have also added several new renderings to the Central Library


A brand new animation of the Helsinki Central Library:

A brand new animation of the Helsinki Central Library:

Kilden, Kuopio City Theatre and Helsinki Central Library on view in Frankfurt

Three projects by ALA – Kilden Performing Arts Centre, Helsinki Central Library and the renovation and expansion of the Kuopio City Theatre - will be included in the exhibition Suomi Seven: Emerging Architects from Finland. The exhibition concentrating on the latest developments in Finnish architecture opens to the public on September 6, 2014 at Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main. It is co-produced by the Architekturmuseum, the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Architecture Information Centre Finland. Other offices included in the exhibition are Anttinen Oiva Architects, Esa Ruskeepää Architects, OOPEAA, Rudanko + Kankkunen and Verstas. 

More information about Suomi Seven can be found at the websites of Deutsches Architekturmuseum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture.

Kilden wins Architizer A+ Jury Award

Kilden has been selected the recipient of the jury award among the five finalists in the Theaters & Performing Arts Centers category in the 2014 Architizer A+ Awards. The winners were announced on April 1st and the awards gala will be held in New York on May 15th.

The A+ Awards included more than 60 categories and received entries from 100 countries. Winners were chosen by the more than 300-people strong jury including such industry luminaries as Charles Renfro, Bjarke Ingels and Tom Kundig, as well as people from beyond architecture like Barry Bergdoll of MoMA. Selection for recognition was based on excellence in the following criteria: form, function, innovation, intent, and reality.

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Helsinki Central Library

'Käännös' grows from the dynamic between the site and the goals of the library program. The interplay between the building’s three individual floors is the key concept of the entry.

The public plaza in front of the building will continue inside, merging with a catalogue of meeting and experience features. The ground floor will be a robust, busy and frequently updated space suitable for quick visits and walkthroughs. The active, zero-threshold public spaces will be visible, attractive, understandable and welcoming to all visitors.

The traditional, serene library atmosphere can be found on the top floor. This will be a calm and contemplative area floating above the busy central Helsinki. It will offer unobstructed, majestic views to the surrounding park and cityscape.

These two contrasting spaces that perfectly complement each other are created by an arching wooden volume. The spaces inside the volume will be enclosed and more intimate. The wooden volume is stretched vertically to create connections to the open main floors below and above.