Helsinki Central Library

Portuguese practice OODA has proposed a new social hub for the interchange of information for the 'Helsinki Central Library' competition.  Their design breaks from the traditional idea of a library being a book storage facility.  The rectangular metal mass of the building is seemingly melted as a path connecting the new part of the city to the older section makes its way over the stepped rooftop, marking a symbolic threshold through the site as well as a point of social interaction that separates two programmatically diverse sides of the building.  Containing more than just books, the library lures visitors in through three ambiguously- defined void spaces that may serve several social functions, gathering masses of people in a point of knowledge exchange.  The library may also represent for the city a certain architectonic dynamism and social responsibility.