Oodi library. Oodi Helsinki Central Library: Public Space in a Significant Site 2019-12-03

Oodi Central Library (Helsinki)

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The serene atmosphere invites visitors to read, learn, think and to enjoy themselves. The library is expected to attract 10,000 visitors per day and 2. The flexible spaces are suitable for both small events and large happenings. The multi-function rooms are designed to accommodate both noisy and quiet activities and it is on this floor that Oodi will offer facilities such as its makerspace and recording studios. The innovative structural solution has enabled both the construction of the flexible column-free interior spaces and the possibility for the construction of a future road tunnel under the site.

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ALA architects' Oodi central library opens in helsinki

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On the second floor, city residents can get creative in the top-class workshop and studio facilities. Building information model will also be utilized for maintenance © Tuomas Uusheimo About the project as part of the Finnish Centenary celebrations 2017-2018 The new central library is the celebratory project of the 100thanniversary of the independence of Finland. There are also rooms dedicated for studying and working. The first floor is a fast-paced transformable space. Public Libraries in Finland have begun to explore a broad range of services in addition to the core activity of lending books. By reducing on-site storage and consulting library-users on how they access culture, the designers and librarians of Oodi have been able to introduce facilities including a café, restaurant, public balcony, movie theatre, audio-visual recording studios and a makerspace.

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Oodi is Helsinki's Library of the Future

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The complex curved geometry was designed and manufactured using algorithm-aided parametric 3D design methods in order to achieve the required precision. It is situated in the very center of the city — this is why it is referred to as the Central Library. Looking for the book search feature or borrowing information? In case you want to have a chat with Anna-Maria, you can get in touch with her by e-mail. © Tuomas Uusheimo The design of the building envelope is intrinsic to the passive energy approach adopted by the project team. Matters that affect the whole library are brought before all staff members before a vote is held. Detailed analysis of the façade performance has informed the environmental solutions and has allowed the team to minimize the requirement for mechanical environmental control systems, which facilitates the highly flexible architectural solution. This innovative structural solution has enabled the creation of a column-free public space to maximize the accessibility and visibility of the program.

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ALA architects' Oodi central library opens in helsinki

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The rest of the space is designed for meeting and doing. At Oodi we tried to carry out an even more revolutionary change; to not have its own permanent staff but instead, have staff that would circulate with other libraries. The act creates a mandate for libraries to create equality of access to culture, to promote lifelong learning, active citizenship, democracy and freedom of expression. The design of Oodi has been heavily influenced by consultation with users and experimentation in branch libraries around Helsinki. This spatial concept has been realised by building the library as an inhabited bridge, with two massive steel arches that span over 100 meters to create a fully enclosed, column-free public entrance space, clusters of rooms grouped around the structure, and the open-plan reading room carried above. Check out her thoughts below! We are organizing the work, both in Oodi and in other libraries, into teams that can then change members from one library to another as needed.

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Oodi Helsinki Public Library :: Grand Opening Architectural Video Tour :: Finland

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The wooden façade is made from pre-fabricated elements. From this level visitors can enjoy an unobstructed 360-degree panorama view of the city centre, or step out onto the terrace overlooking Kansalaistori square. I try to negotiate partner agreements and plan the future organizational structure with our team leaders. The administrative and storage functions of Helsinki Public Library will remain at the main library in nearby Pasila. Oodi is like three different buildings in one building, as it contains three distinct environments.

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ALA architects' Oodi central library opens in helsinki

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The serene atmosphere invites visitors to read, learn, think and to enjoy themselves. The building features several original and unique solutions that require special expertise from the building contractor, such as the two steel arches that support the building. The ground floor of Oodi extends the Kansalaistori square into an interior public space. We are going to have some joint events with the parliament library to take advantage of having two democratic institutions looking at each other across the main street. The large foyer and the glass-walled multi-purpose hall on the ground level act as indoor extensions of the outdoor spaces. The administration and storage spaces are kept to the minimum on the publicly accessed levels to maximize the open and accessible nature of the library. Here the best characteristics of the modernist library meet the possibilities provided by 21st Century technologies.

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How to design the library of the future?

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In spring, we recruited 53 employees, including two service managers and two service administrators. Before this, I worked as deputy library director for the Helsinki City Library. © Tuomas Uusheimo The ground floor of Oodi extends the Kansalaistori square into an interior public space. There is a nice window facing seating area, perfect for reading! © Tuomas Uusheimo Library operations are statutory in Finland. This concept has been developed into an arching form that invites people to utilize the spaces and services underneath, inside and on top of it. We hope that people will enjoy the new services, the bigger maker spaces, the quality studios, and the many learning opportunities that will be available in Oodi.

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Oodi Helsinki Central Library / ALA Architects

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We plan to organize, or co-organize with our partners, many events and workshops each day every morning and evening — with opening hours from 8am to 10pm on weekdays, and 10am to 8pm on weekends. Here the best features of the modernist library meet the possibilities provided by up-to-date technologies. The design and programme of Oodi embraces technology to create new opportunities for access to books and culture. While at this stage, the Oodi library building is not open yet it will be ready for use in December , I am very much involved with the administrative issues. All public levels of the building are equipped with access floors to allow for changes in use during the estimated 150-year life span of the building. Architecture Oodi is a striking building with its glass and steel structures and wooden facade, its design a combination of traditional and contemporary flavours. It is clear that the citizens expect to get the best a library can offer.

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Oodi Helsinki Public Library :: Grand Opening Architectural Video Tour :: Finland

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With great joy, we hand over the result of our contribution for use by city residents for future decades. Building information model will also be utilized for maintenance. Walking through the ground floor offers a quick glimpse of the services available in the building. Building information modeling was used in both architectural and engineering design, as well as in checking the compatibility of the designs. The carefully planned placement and optimization of building services has enabled the flexibility of the spatial arrangements. They have sofas, little individual chairs, and desks.

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Oodi Helsinki Public Library :: Grand Opening Architectural Video Tour :: Finland

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The complex curved geometry was designed and manufactured using algorithm-aided parametric 3D design methods in order to achieve the required precision. The library building will soon be ready, and the grand opening is on 5 th December. The purpose of the ground floor is to make each of the facilities of the library apparent and accessible and provide a non-commercial interior space open to all, every day of the week. The appearance of the façade will develop over the years towards a deeper, richer version of its initial hue. Finland used its 2018 contribution to La Biennale di Venezia Architettura to stage Mind Building, an exhibition that tracked the design of Public Libraries in Finland from the years before independence to the present day. This is mostly due to the efficiency of the building services. The material efficiency of the building has benefited among other things from the use of wood in the exterior cladding.

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