Helsinki-based architectural firm, ALA Architects has won the proposal to design the Helsinki Central Library. The design aims to achieve a high standard in efficient energy consumption in a modern, high-technology library.
The 16,000 m2 library structure is set to be a new focal point of the city and mark a height of architectural innovation for Finland. It aspires to attract 5,000 visitors daily and a total of 1.5 million people annually.
The design was singled out from a batch of 544 design entries from all over the world, and Arup Ireland will be responsible for providing all the engineering services.
Arup’s team in Dublin collaborated with the architects to achieve the challenging energy efficiency target of the competition brief. Arup also developed sustainable solutions for the building and integrated sophisticated structural solutions to carry out the architectural expression of the competition proposal.
The energy target for the project is equivalent to 120kWh/m2 per annum, which represents a new benchmark for energy consumption in a modern high-technology library facility.