Library Kirkkonummi, Finland
The Finnish city of Kirkkonummi, located just outside Helsinki, has a new library that unites history and tradition with modern, high-end design. Finnish architectural office JKMM took the existing concrete structure of the original city library from the 1980s and created a building with an entirely new design, which is also used as an integrative community centre. The library now offers twice the space and includes event rooms, a café and a 198-m2 reading lounge.
In Finnish architectural tradition, a library is a place for concentrated reading and studying; thus the design of the building and its interiors reflects and promotes this reverence for reading. Kirkkonummi’s new library is no exception and this tradition is evident down to the very last detail. The library’s reading rooms feature high walls whose shape is reminiscent of the design language of bookshelves. Their vertical white slats soar upwards into the ceiling. Ample daylight filters in through the exterior walls, which, together with the warm wooden bookshelves, create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Brass lamps mounted on the outer walls offer additional reading light and create visual accents.