Seinäjoki Library Interior

Location: Seinäjoki, Finland
Function: Auditorium, Cafe, Event spaces, Learning spaces, Library, Multifunctional spaces
Size: 5000m2
Status: Competition 1st Prize, Completed 2012
Client: Seinäjoki City
Scope: Architecture, Art integration, Graphic design, Interior, Signage system

Seinäjoki Library is located next to Alvar Aalto’s masterful civic center. The challenge was to design the new library with a modern vision whilst connecting it to Aalto’s architecture.

Seinäjoki is one of Finland’s first new generation of libraries. Libraries are no longer only 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.

Seinäjoki Library’s large glazed facade frames generous views of the surrounding Aalto buildings. Inside, architectural space is created with sculptural use of concrete. Outside, the building is clad with copper. The materiality and massing is a nod back to Aalto’s architecture.