Friday04 September 2015

Shortlist unveiled for Helsinki Library competition

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But judges refuse to name finalists

Six shortlisted schemes have been unveiled in the €70 million Helsinki Central Library competition.

But the judges have refused to name any of the finalists, or even to reveal their nationalities.

Their names will only be divulged when the winner is also announced in June.

The international competition, with total prize money of €300,000, attracted 530 entries.

A public exhibition in May attracted 2,600 visitors, 2,400 of whom voted for their favourite. Only one of their top eight preferred choices has made it into the judges’ shortlist, a scheme code-named Käännös.

The competition brief is for a “dynamic and contemporary” 10,000sq m library in the central Töölönlahti district, on a site surrounded by the Finnish Parliament, Helsinki Music Centre, Finlandia concert hall and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art.

“The aim is to create a vibrant and functionally versatile meeting place, as well as an energy-efficient and architecturally significant building,” according to the competition details.

The building is due to be completed in 2017, to mark the centenary of Finland’s independence.

The competition is a part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme.

The finalists’ code names and entry numbers:

  • 40 Liblab
  • 144 Wave/1
  • 149 Käännös
  • 160 Kasi
  • 357 The Diagonal Agora
  • 375 The Green Metropolis



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