Helsinki Central Library Winning Proposal / ALA Architects

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ALA Architects have just won the design competition for the new Central Library with their entry “Käännös”. Located in the heart of , the 16,000 square meter library building will consist almost entirely of public spaces and will offer a wide selection of services. It will serve as the new central point for the city’s impressive public library network and is slated to open in 2018. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Light Houses. Young Nordic Architecture Exhibition

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The Museum of Finnish Architecture’s summer exhibition, ‘Light Houses.Young Nordic Architecture‘ is a two-part showing of contemporary work by young Nordic architects taking place now until September 22. Thirty-two architects from , Sweden and Norway – all born after 1962, the year the pavilion was designed – were invited to design a sculptural piece that both complements the modernist vocabulary of Fehn’s pavilion and encapsulates their office’s philosophy of architecture in a 3D form of pre-specified dimensions. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Atelier Heikkilä / Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen

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Architects: Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen
Location: Korpilahti,
Architect In Charge: Architects Rudanko, Kankkunen
Area: 220 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Maija Holma

Hämeenkyrö Environmental School Competition Entry / Hyperbuildings

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Located in a rural setting in central , a few kilometers north of the city of Tampere, the proposal for the Hämeenkyrö Environmental School by Hyperbuildings aims to be a reflection of the school’s nationally acclaimed environmental curriculum. The addition is an L-shaped volume that forms a new central courtyard with the existing 1903  building where the school is currently housed. This approach seeks to maximize opportunities for having natural and agricultural landscapes on the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Apelle / Marco Casagrande

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Architects: Marco Casagrande
Location: Karjaa,
C Lab Team: Nikita Wu, Jan Luksic, Shreya Nagrath, Arijit Sen
Area: 140 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Marco Casagrande

‘Resilient Mikkeli’ Third Prize Winning Proposal / Mandaworks + Hosper Sweden

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Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden were just awarded this past week with the third prize in the open international architectural competition in Mikkeli, . From 107 proposals submitted last October, Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden were one of five teams selected to continue work in the second stage. Mikkeli is a medium-sized municipality with 80,000 inhabitants, most of whom live in the urban area Mikkeli. Their challenge was to find a model for how Mikkeli can densify around and best utilize the lakefront in an ecologically sensitive & holistically sustainable way. More images and architects’ description after the break.

City Library in Seinäjoki / JKMM Architects

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Architects: JKMM Architects
Location: Seinäjoki,
Main Designer: Asmo Jaaksi – Architect SAFA
Design Team: Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen, Juha Mäki-Jyllilä, Aaro Martikainen (project architect), Teemu Toivio (project architect) – Architects SAFA, Harri Lindberg – Arch. Student, Päivi Meuronen (interior design) – Interior Architect SIO
Area: 4,430 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Mika Huisman, Hanu Vallas

Rainbow Housing Project / ARK-house Architects

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Architects: ARK-house Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Pentti Kareoja, Harri Ahonen, Heljä Herranen
Client: NCC
Area: 5,800 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tiia Ettala

Aurinkokivi School Awarded Proposal / Rudanko+Kankkunen

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The design proposal for the Aurinkokivi School competition in Vantaa, by Rudanko + Kankkunen was recently awarded a purchase prize for its inspiring architecture and child-friendly spaces. The concept is simple yet fresh: traditional gabled building wings meet and form a surprising composition at the heart of the building. The building is mostly on one level and can be realized with repeating construction elements. It is designed to be inexpensive to build, yet highly fresh and inviting. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Villa Valtanen / Arkkitehtitoimisto Louekari

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Architects: Arkkitehtitoimisto Louekari
Location: Rovanniemi, Lappland,
Area: 55.5 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Lauri Louekari, Kaisa Siren

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / AND-RÉ

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The ‘Sophia Library’ concept proposal for the 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.

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Luca Peralta Studio

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Luca Peralta Studio shared with us their design concept for the Central Library competition. Their ‘three cubes on a leaf’ concept is designed with the intent of creating an animated light in the distance. As a result, their project becomes an urban lantern that attracts and guides you on your journey in the direction of the city center. This light emanates from geometric objects, with a modern and minimal design, gently suspended on the landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / WEAVA Architects + SWAN Architectes

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In terms of both the cityscape and its symbolic significance, the proposal by WEAVA Architects + SWAN Architectes for the Helsinki Central Library will represent a modern and dynamic image of an urban public facility for the citizens of the city. Their ONYX concept forms seamlessly into the planned draft proposal of the Töölönlahti area, responding to the surrounding buildings, infrastructure and urban fabric. It is an iconic cultural landmark in its own right, but also respectful of its place as part of a greater master plan. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Tanni Lam, Johnny Chiu, Adrian Lo

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Through their concept of turning a traditional library inside out, Tanni Lam, Johnny Chiu, and Adrian Lo started with a simple architectural question: Why can’t we turn this inside out, have the users surround the books, thus huge openings, views, ventilation, visual dialogue, can be exchanged between inside and outside? All great libraries in the world have the books surrounding them, covering the space, but this design is a living library, a library that opens up new vistas for us, adding depth to our perception. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / STL Architects

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, a city committed to finding the evolving nature of culture in an ever changing society, is the inspiration behind STL Architects’ proposal for the new Library. If a library is a container of culture with the mission of making knowledge available to the people, then Helsinki is one of the greatest libraries in the world. The new Helsinki Central Library is conceived as a reflection of its city, acting as a filter of cultural activity, and honoring the lifeblood of the Heart of Helsinki: its people. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Plan 01

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In the virtualized information era, Plan 01 believes the design for the Central Library should be more than ever a “physical space”. The project should be a place for sensory experience, a place where culture becomes an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas, a place where the civil forum is recovered from the virtual and returned to the urban world. Their concept becomes a symbol in stone and wood that opens its heart to the city and offers visitors a retreat for body and mind. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / FIRM a.d. + OKB Architecture

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The Central Library, designed by FIRM a.d. and OKB Architecture, is a hub of knowledge, where different people, communities and constituencies can come together. With their concept of ‘Geologies of Information’, their design expresses how if libraries were like sedimentary rocks, where layers of knowledge accumulated over time, libraries of the 21st century are like igneous rock in which different mediums of knowledge and learning are fused into a granular heterogeneous whole. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Marc Anton Dahmen | Studio DMTW

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Aiming to provide a meeting place for information, knowledge, skills, and stories, the proposal by Marc Anton Dahmen | Studio DMTW for the Central Library competition reflects the creativity, innovation and interaction for the people of . Resulting in the sculptural massing of the building, their design derives from the creation of an vertical circulation element, connecting the building by transiting from one function to another throughout the entire collection area. More images and architects’ description after the break.