WEAVA Architects in collaboration with SWAN Architects proposed an iconic gesture for the new Helsinki Central Library. The facility will represent a modern and dynamic image of an urban public facility for the citizens of the city. Their ONYX concept forms seamlessly into the planned draft proposal of the Toolonlahti area, responding to the surrounding buildings, infrastructure and urban fabric. It is an iconic cultural landmark in its own right, but also respectful of its place as part of a greater master plan.
The Library, located in the center of Helsinki, will form a cohesive totality with the Finnish Parliament building, Helsinki Music Center, Finlandia Hall, Sanoma House and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Their design is directly linked to the park, connecting the library to the planned pedestrian and bicycle paths. This allows easy accessibility without disrupting the existing flow of traffic. The design also utilizes the existing roads and parking facilities so the master plan remains intact.