Turku Library

How to create a living room for citizens

Location: Turku, Finland
Function: Cafe, Learning spaces, Library, Offices
Size: 6900 m2
Status: Completed - 2007
Client: City of Turku
Scope: Architecture, Art Intergation, Furniture Design, Interior, Restoration
Knowledge

The Turku city library is the latest addition to a block with the old library and several other historically significant buildings.

The new construction harmonizes with the historic setting while manifesting an architecture of its own age.

The interior of the new building is annexed to the existing 100-year old library building and the chancellery of the governor, which was built at the beginning of the nineteenth century and is now restored and transformed to house a café and meeting rooms.

With its glass walls, the public library building evokes the idea of openness.

© Arno de la Chapelle
© Michael Perlmutter
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