Location: Kirkkonummi, Finland
Function: Cafe, Childrens play area, Community center, Exhibition galleries, Library, Multifunctional spaces, Offices, Workshops
Size: 4700 m2
Status: Completed 2020
Client: Municipality of Kirkkonummi
Architecture, Art Intergation, Interior, Restoration, Signage System
Kirkkonummi library is an adaptive reuse project built using the existing concrete structure of the original 1980s library. The new library is introducing a large variety of commodities for community uses such as rooms for toddler group activities, youth clubs as well as exhibition areas and spaces for events and performances. The ground level café has a generous 198 m2 reading lounge dedicated to newspapers and periodicals.
The new excess pressure hall is sized to house a full scale football field and will serve the PPJ junior players all over the year. The large field can be divided into smaller units according to the occurring needs. With warm-up areas, gym and carefully designed lightning, the hall provides excellent, versatile practice conditions.
The simple yet sculptural shape of the hall complements the coastal atmosphere and urban canvas of rapidly developing Jätkäsaari. The undulating form divides the hall visually into two parts and thus diminishes the overwhelming size of it. Its light- colored translucent semi-surface is tuned with transparent circle-shaped pattern imitating animal skin subdividing the large envelope. During the dark Finnish winter months, the subtly illuminating light from the hall invites juniors to play and stimulates the whole neighborhood.