Helsinki Central Library Plan Approved

On January 28th the Helsinki City Council voted 75-8 to approve the Design Development phase of the Central Library, effectively completing its full budget of 98M€. ALA will now proceed into Construction Documents preparation. Ground work on the library site in Töölönlahti will begin in September 2015 and the main construction a year later. The library will open to the public in December 2018.


ALA shortlisted for Germany's national football academy architecture competition

ALA shortlisted for Germany's national football academy architecture competition

Kuopio Theatre nominated for Mies van der Rohe Award

The renovation and expansion of the Kuopio City Theatre by ALA Architects has been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. The shortlisted projects will be announced in February 2015. For more information, visit:

ALA to renovate Dipoli

ALA, together with the multidisciplinary team consisting of Creadesign, Workspace and architect Kristo Vesikansa, has been selected to design the renovation of Dipoli, Raili and Reima Pietilä’s iconic student union building for the students of Helsinki University of Technology. The 1960s building was bought by Aalto University Properties last spring and will now be repurposed to function as the University’s new main building. The design team will be responsible for creating the concept for an accessible, modifiable, up-to-date university building that functions as a showcase for the whole academic community. For ALA, this will be the second remarkable Pietilä renovation project.

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 project site.