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CENTRAL LIBRARY OF HELSINKI

+ PROJECT DATA
  • Status
    Competition
  • Year
    2012
  • Tipology
    Library
  • Location
    Helsinki, Finland
  • Client
    City of Helsinki
  • Budget
    70 milion €
  • Total Area/Surface/Volume
    16.000 sq m
+ DESCRIPTION


"An extremely “light” building with a façade of glass rhythmically surrounded by staves in Finnish wood.
The wooden staves “move” slightly in order to form a surface that appears rippled and soft in the light.
The movement of the wood recalls common themes but also evokes the Finnish modernist architecture of Aalto.
The project thus provides these echoes, and it is thanks to these allusions that it is deeply integrated into the city avoiding too direct an encounter with the shapes of the more immediate context. “I like – Bellini says – to think that in Helsinki they might have mistaken it for an old building thus feeling it to be very near to their reality”.
A simple idea, like in all of Bellini’s work of this period, not rhetorical but rich in qualities; in contrast to the simplicity of the exterior is the richness of the interior space dominated by space and again by wood.
(Ermanno Ranzani)

+ CREDITS

COMPETITION: 2012

Architects
Mario Bellini Architects

Design Team
Mario Bellini, Maurizio Di Lauro, Giorgio Origlia

Project Team
Flavia Sandelewski
Luca Bosetti  
Alessandro Zufferli
Alessandro Brambilla
Lucas Corato
Manuel Hoff

Consultants
MANENS - TIFS S.p.a., Verona
Ing. Fabio Viero 
Ing. Carlo Bruschetta
Ing. Giorgio Butturini 
 

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