Helsinki Library

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Categories

Architecture, Landscape, Interior, Culture, Keyless Structures, Work Spaces, Public Space, Social & Meeting Spaces, Sustainability

Timeline

2000 - completed 2008

Status

Built

Location

Oslo, Norway

Typology

Opera house

Size

38 500 m2

Client

Statsbygg, The Governmental Building Agency

 

 
 

The design for the Helsinki Library is in response to the dynamic qualities it seeks to embed. To provide a rich environment that goes beyond the traditional function of libraries static spaces that provide for a single function – the library looks to combine different cultural and public activities. The challenge is to design a space or a series of spaces where functions of different sorts can take place simultaneously while the building remains integrat- ed as a whole. Thus, during the design process, we incor- porated a phenomena found in nature known as ‘reaction- diffusion’. Reaction-diffusion is a mathematical model that is capable of responding to reactions on local levels. This suits the function of the library very well, whereas, it has the challenge of taking on numerous public functions and gatherings while at the same time establishing itself as the public library of the city of Helsinki

 
 
 
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The design for the Helsinki Library is in response to the dynamic qualities it seeks to embed. To provide a rich environment that goes beyond the traditional function of libraries static spaces that provide for a single function – the library looks to combine different cultural and pub- lic activities. The challenge is to design a space or a se- ries of spaces where functions of different sorts can take place simultaneously while the building remains integrat- ed as a whole. Thus, during the design process, we incor- porated a phenomena found in nature known as ‘reaction- diffusion’. Reaction-diffusion is a mathematical model that is capable of responding to reactions on local levels. This suits the function of the library very well, whereas, it has the challenge of taking on numerous public functions and gatherings while at the same time establishing itself as the public library of the city of Helsinki 

 
 
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The design for the Helsinki Library is in response to the dynamic qualities it seeks to embed. To provide a rich environment that goes beyond the traditional function of libraries static spaces that provide for a single function – the library looks to combine different cultural and pub- lic activities. The challenge is to design a space or a series of spaces where functions of different sorts can take place simultaneously while the building remains integrat- ed as a whole. Thus, during the design process, we incorporated a phenomena found in nature known as ‘reaction- diffusion’. Reaction-diffusion is a mathematical model that is capable of responding to reactions on local levels. This suits the function of the library very well, whereas, it has the challenge of taking on numerous public functions and gatherings while at the same time establishing itself as the public library of the city of Helsinki

 
 
 
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