hans hollein & partner: helsinki public library proposal
hans hollein & partner: helsinki public library proposal hans hollein & partner: helsinki public library proposal
nov 26, 2012

hans hollein & partner: helsinki public library proposal

‘helsinki public library proposal’ by hans hollein & partner



the basic configuration of the helsinki public library by austrian firm hans hollein & partner is an elongated prism, which aims to retain its overall simplicity, yet allow for more refinement in detail and internal spatial qualities. being not only a library, but a multimedia centre and a communication platform for the people, the building is made to feel like an open easily accessible space.


very transparent facades towards the west and the makasiini park (where the main entrance is orientated) a skin of lamellas outside the glazing produces an ever-changing effect on the appearance: a closed wall like surface from either side or a see-through screen when looked at head-on. there is a cut out in the skin exposing the ornamental structure and giving insights into a multi-volumetric space.



day view



towards the north and the töölönlahti bay, the building shows a square led-screen illustrating activities of city life, culture and nature. the other end of the prism is a far cantilevering body structurally allowing for a future underground connection. this is a covered outside area and is functional in terms of providing for a terrace right in front of the cafeteria. the area becomes a transition zone between the outer city and the public areas within the central library. the vaulted structure of the roof creates an attractive sculptured rooftop. it is a modulated surface echoing the undulating fabrics of nature, yet remains a consciously designed element, setting another jewel into the crown of helsinki.


view from station



view from plaza






view from plaza






aerial view

aerial view




elevations | sections


aerial view



project info:



hans hollein & partner | helsinki central library proposal | finlandclient: city of helsinkitype: public librarystatus: 2012 | open international competitionsize: 16.000 m2client: city of helsinkipartner in charge: christoph monscheinproject team: michael krepp | gerrie venter | martin rapp | mansour mosawi



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