January 30, 2015

Helsinki approves new central library with sauna

Building work is expected to begin next year.
Building work is expected to begin next year.
Ala Architects

The city of Helsinki has approved a plan to build a major city-centre library, which will also include a cinema, restaurant, cafés, workshop and activity spaces and a public sauna. 

The total cost of the project is 98 million euros with the costs of the building amounting to 96 million euros. The government has pledged to contribute 30 million euros. 

The wood and glass building, designed by Helsinki-based ALA Architects, is designed to be the flagship of Finland’s library system.

A centre for digital information and a variety of services, it will be located in the heart of Helsinki in the Töölönlahti district where it will complement the Finnish Parliament Building, Helsinki Music Centre, Finlandia Hall, Sanoma House and the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art.

The foundation stone will be laid this year with building work due to begin in 2016. The topping off of the building will be celebrated in 2017 and doors will open to the public in December 2018.

It is one of the projects designed to mark the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence.