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Oodi, Helsinki Central Library

Helsinki, Finland

Oodi is Helsinki’s new Central Library and a living meeting place. Its wide range of services and facilities are available to residents seven days a week, from early in the morning till late in the evening. Oodi functions as a living room for residents, located right at the heart of Helsinki. It is designed by ALA Architects, is topped with large open-plan reading room under an undulating roof punctured by circular skylights.

Finnish studio ALA Architects' design for the country's flagship library, which stands opposite the Finnish Parliament, aims to "embrace technology and progressive values to provide a variety of innovative services alongside its lending collection of books."

In fact, the 17,250-square-metre building contains a relatively small number of books – around 100,000 – with the majority of space dedicated to public amenities including a cinema, recording studios, a maker space, and areas for hosting exhibitions and events.

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