Turku Library

Type: Competition 1st Prize
Location: Turku, Finland
Status: Completed - 2007
Client: City of Turku

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
© Michael Perlmutter
© Arnon de la Chapelle
© Patrik Rastenberger
© Asmo Jaaksi
© Harri Falck