Interior renovation of Aalto University Library, vs Harald Herlin Learning Centre by JKMM

Interior renovation of Aalto University Library, vs Harald Herlin Learning Centre by JKMM
Arkkitehdit NRT Oy was responsible for the architecture of the renovation. [Otaniemi, Espoo] Finland
Interior renovation of Aalto University Library - Harald Herlin Learning Centre, by JKMM. Photograph © Tuomas Uusheimon
The Centre that was designed by Alvar Aalto, finalised in 1970 and received a renovation and new modern appearance in 2016 by JKMM architects. The Helsinki University of Technology Library was built in Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland.
Aalto University’s library building, designed by Alvar Aalto and completed in 1970 at the very centre of Otaniemi Campus, has been renovated by Arkkitehdit NRT Oy and JKMM. The building has metamorphosed into a multi-purpose and modern learning centre for students, faculties and other customers. Its dynamic premises provide support to multidisciplinary and novel kinds of learning, research and work.

Elissa and Alvar also designed the Otaniemi campus library which was completed in 1969. The library has undergone an extensive renovation and in the autumn of 2016 all Aalto University campus libraries moved under the same roof, the Harald Herlin Learning Centre.

Descripción del proyecto por JKMM

This is JKMM’s second project reworking an Alvar Aalto designed library. The first was at Seinäjoki where the existing library was extended with a new copper-clad wing.  At Otaniemi, JKMM was appointed to restore more

Interior Architects
Lead Architects
Arkkitehdit NRT Oy
Interior Design
Interior Architect Team
Päivi Meuronen, Noora Liesimaa, Rami Leh
Service Design.- Kuudes Kerros Oy Refur
bishment Exterior.- Arkkitehdit NRT Oy Lightning.- Artisan Rinaldo Fixed Furnishing.- Retent As Non-Fixed Furnishings.- Verhoiluliike Wiik Oy ja Verhoomo Julkistila Oy Manufacturers.- KVADRAT, Woodnotes, Artek, Wastberg
Aalto University Campus & Real Estat
NCC Rakennus Oy
7505.0 m²
Project Year.- 2016-2017
Otakaari 1, 02150 Espoo, Finland


Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) qualified as an architect from Helsinki Institute of Technology (later Helsinki University of Technology and now part of the Aalto University) in 1921. He set up his first architectural practice in Jyväskylä. His early works followed the tenets of Nordic Classicism, the predominant style at that time. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, he made a number of journeys more


JKMM Architects is a group of architects and designers based in Helsinki, Finland. We started in 1998 with four founding partners – Asmo Jaaksi, Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen and Juha Mäki-Jyllilä. Today, we are a team of more than 70 people.

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