Seinäjoki City Library
Principal selection 2014
The new library adds contemporary 2000s touches to the administrative and cultural centre designed by Alvar Aalto, yet without competing with Aalto’s architecture. The simple yet majestic volume seems to organically connect with the terrain like a force of nature, and inside, a whole new world opens up to the visitor with compelling impact. The impression is effortless, though nothing has come about by coincidence. The various sections of the library form an exciting three-dimensional tapestry of interwoven spaces, offering views to assist orientation and arranged according to a thought-out choreography.