Helsinki Central Library OODI by ALA Architects

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ALA Architects
Team at ALA. Competition phase
ALA partners Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta and Samuli Woolston with Aleksi Niemeläinen, Jussi Vuori and Erica Österlund, as well as Willem Barendregt, Martin Genet, Vladimir Ilic, Tiina Liisa Juuti, Julius Kekoni, Auvo Lindroos, Pekka Sivula, Pekka Tainio and Jyri Tartia.
Team at ALA. Implementation phase
ALA partners Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta (until 2015) and Samuli Woolston with Niklas Mahlberg (project architect), Jussi Vuori, Tuulikki Tanska, Tom Stevens, Heikki Ruoho (interior architect), Nea Tuominen, Pauliina Rossi, Anna Juhola and Miguel Silva, as well as Michal Bala, Marina Diaz Garcia, Jyri Eskola, Zuzana Hejtmankova, Harri Humppi, Mette Kahlos, Anniina Kortemaa, Felix Laitinen, Malgorzata Mutkowska, T. K. Justin Ng, Marlène Oberli-Räihä, Olli Parviainen, Alicia Peña Gomez, Anton Pramstrahler, Jack Prendergast, Akanksha Rathi, Niina Rinkinen, Mikael Rupponen, Mirja Sillanpää and Pekka Sivula.
Collaborators. Competition phase
Arup (energy technical specialist, mechanical engineering, structural engineering and facade engineering), VIZarch (visualizations), Klaus Stolt (scale models).
City of Helsinki
Type.- 2-stage open international competition, 2012-2013, 1st prize Status.- Built, the library opened on December 5, 2018.
Library facilities, multipurpose hall, movie theater, exhibition space, info center, café, restaurant, meeting rooms, recording studios, maker space, living lab, 17,200 m² total --- SUSTAINABILITY.- nZEB, M1 in emission classification of building materials and in cleanliness classification of air-handling components
Construction Budget
Töölönlahdenkatu 4, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Samuli Woolston ALA Architects

ALA Architects. The Helsinki–based firm was founded in 2005 by four partners: Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta and Samuli Woolston after winning the 1st prize in the open international competition for the new theater and concert hall in Kristiansand, Norway. Kilden Performing Arts Centre opened in 2012.

Today, ALA is today run by Grönholm, Nousjoki and Woolston, and in addition to them employs 36 architects, interior designers, students and staff members, representing 12 nationalities.

ALA’s most recent completed projects are the new City Theatre in Lappeenranta, Finland, Aalto University and Keilaniemi metro stations in Espoo, Finland, and the renovation of the Dipoli student union building in Espoo and its repurposing as the main building of Aalto University. Our current projects include the Helsinki Central Library, three more subway stations along the western extension of Helsinki Metro, the renovations of the Finnish Embassies in New Delhi and Cairo, a new hotel in Tampere, Finland, as well as the expansion of Helsinki Airport.

In addition to having designed major public buildings in Finland and abroad, the partners have taught architecture in Finland, and at Columbia University and Washington University in St. Louis’ Helsinki International Semester. In 2012 they received the prestigious Finnish State Prize for Architecture.



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