Snapshot: Helsinki University Library
|Photo © Tuomas Uusheimo|
Based on what you have seen and read about this project, how would you grade it? Use the stars below to indicate your assessment, five stars being the highest rating.
The dramatic white interior of the University of Helsinki's new main library, by local firm Anttinen Oiva Architects, is striking for its curving travertine-marble staircase, its Finnish furnishings, and the oval-shaped voids the architects carved out of the center of the floor plates. The rotunda brings in daylight and helps visitors grasp the building's spatial organization at a glance. Opened to the public last September, the seven-floor urban-infill project was built on the site of an old department store in the capital's downtown, and consolidates libraries that had previously operated in 10 different locations.
Get Architectural Record digital with free bonus content not found in the magazine!
Order back issuesócomplete your library!