helsinki library competition proposal by djuric tardio architectes helsinki library competition proposal by djuric tardio architectes
nov 26, 2012

helsinki library competition proposal by djuric tardio architectes

‘helsinki library competition’ by djuric tardio architectesview from the park


equipped with all the new electronic media and devices, the proposal for the ‘helsinki central library’ by french firm djuric tardio architectes demonstrates the transition of a return to books and knowledge sources, to ensure their continuous existence and memory. the organization of the wooden structure is simple but dynamic, it consists of three different areas: the lobby and the multi-purpose program, the library, and the cinema and exhibition space.


a straight urban facade on the street side balances a more opened and articulated elevation on the park side, protected by giant vertical and adjustable pergolas on the south. 
the heart of the project, the library, is conceived as a spiral – a double concentric ramp around a tower of books, known as the ‘tower of knowledge’ where original books will be available for traditional reading, in addition to the on-line digital version.



birds eye view


all access to the library services are clearly visible at first sight, starting from the great penetrable transparent elevated entrance, placed in the centre of the building. spaces such as the reception, the bar, and restaurants are organized as unique and wide common gathering places. in this way, the new ‘helsinki central library’ becomes a rendezvous for the city and its citizens to welcome events and performances, especially in the most southern part of the building where the cinema and the permanent and temporary exhibitions will be installed.



view from the park



by night



view from the street






library entrance






winter garden


sauna on the roof terrace








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