City of Helsinki

Architecture    Cities and Regeneration    Design and Arts    Regeneration   

Finland was recently voted the happiest country by the UN’s annual report, and its capital Helsinki is one of Europe’s fastest growing cities, already well known for its saunas, emerging food scene, start-up and tech hub and its proximity to nature. The city has a young culture of creativity, design and experimentation – demonstrated by events such as FLOW music festival and the Slush start-up and tech conference.

In 2018  two major cultural projects will open in the city centre – Art Museum Amos Rex designed by JKMM architects and the Helsinki Central Library Oodi designed by ALA architects. Both showcase world-class Finnish architecture. In particular, the new Central Library showcases Finland’s leading role in developing the libraries of the future. Finland was named the world’s most literate nation in 2016 and Finns are amongst the world’s most enthusiastic users of public libraries: the population of 5.5 million people borrows close to 68 million books a year.

The Finnish Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia this year will be transformed into a temporary library space celebrating the continuous development of Finnish library architecture from the late 19th Century until today in anticipation of the opening of the new Helsinki Central Library.

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