Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / AND-RÉ

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The ‘Sophia Library’ concept proposal for the Helsinki Central Library Competition represents the consolidation of cultural identity, democratic notion and humanistic concepts into a building. It is a clear and true space, giving place for important visions to come together. Designed by AND-RÉ, the project is not just a library, but a real space, a mental place that projects itself beyond its frontiers and limits, becoming an iconographic element of the society, its culture and humanity vision. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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The resulting system accomplishes not also the functional, organizational and technical objectives, but is also a realization of invisible / immaterial / subjective / metaphorical principles and humane representations. The result is much more than a library, even more than a building. It is itself a form of homage to knowledge and a representation of the narrative path to wisdom.

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It is a new form of understanding and resolving the Library space, becoming a place of experiences, a place without borders, integrating concepts of social centrality, dedicated to arts, aiming for technology expansion, but also projected for the body and mind. Sophia is a space for culture, a social center and a place for the future. It is also an iconographic element representing and embodying the full notion of democratic space.

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It is a non-pretentious, no-show-off building, but still and without doubt, a majestic, grandiose and timeless building, representing a eulogy to wisdom in its various forms, as a metaphor about the rise to knowledge, being itself a path to the light, a path to enlightenment.

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The proposal is a metaphor about a vertical promenade escalation in the tree trunk and branches of knowledge. It is a physical concretization of worlds inside worlds, like a magical place, a mystical cultural creation with suspended environments, with different spaces and experiences to encounter. In fact, it is a place of serendipity. It is a noble and sublime space for enlightenment and at the same time for positive hedonism.

Architects: AND-RÉ
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Team: Bruno André, Francisco Salgado Ré, Adalgisa de Castro Lopes, Catarina Fernandes, Fernando Ferreira, Francisco Costa, Sara João
Engineering and Sustainability: AFA CONSULT
Promoter: Helsinki Municipality
Area: 16,000 m2
Budget: 69,900,000 €
Date: 2012

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / AND-RÉ" 05 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=314683>

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    Books + a lot of sunlight + time = destruction

    Nice looking project, but a failed concept from the start

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