How to meet Alvar Aalto
Seinäjoki library is located next to Aalto center, a masterpiece by Alvar Aalto. Aalto’s urban composition includes a church, parish center, city hall, theatre, police station and library.
The challenge was how to design the new library with modern vision and connect it to Aalto’s architecture.
Seinäjoki is one of the first new generation of libraries in Finland. Libraries are no longer about books, they have changed to become living rooms for citizens, places which give access to knowledge for all people. People also gather and meet each other in the library.
Inside the library, views of Aalto buildings are brought inside. Architectural space is created with sculptural use of concrete, outside the building is clad with copper. JKMM designed architecture, interiors, furniture, integration of art and graphic design.