About

The turn of the new millennium was the moment of entry for many young Finnish architectural practices. One of the newcomers was JKMM Architects whose approach was fresh and free of prejudice and who gained unforeseen success in architectural competitions.

The extension for the Turku Main Library, a competition win from 1998, took its place as a public space in the city structure with boldness and dignity. …

The libraries of the early 2000s left old ideologies behind. The new role of the library was to act as a soft fulcrum, a self-confident central point to leverage the intellectual life of its community.

The text is an extract from the chapter ‘Soft Fulcrum’ of Mind-Building, Finland’s exhibition at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

Location

Linnankatu 2, Turku
60.4509882, 22.2722677

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Turku Main Library
Turku Main Library (© Arno de la Chapelle / JKMM)
Turku Main Library
Turku Main Library (© Jonny Holmen / JKMM)
Turku Main Library
Turku Main Library (© Michael Perlmutter / JKMM)
Turku Main Library
Turku Main Library (© Michael Perlmutter / JKMM)
Turku Main Library
Turku Main Library (© Arno de la Chapelle / JKMM)
Turku Main Library
Turku Main Library (© Arno de la Chapelle / JKMM)
Turku Main Library
Turku Main Library (© Michael Perlmutter / JKMM)
Turku Main Library
Turku Main Library (© Patrik Rastenberger / JKMM)
Turku Main Library
Turku Main Library (© Michael Perlmutter / JKMM)
Turku Main Library
Turku Main Library (© Patrik Rastenberger / JKMM)
Turku Main Library
Turku Main Library (© Arno de la Chapelle / JKMM)
Turku Main Library
Turku Main Library (© Patrik Rastenberger / JKMM)
Turku Main Library
Turku Main Library (© Patrik Rastenberger / JKMM)
Turku Main Library
Turku Main Library (© Patrik Rastenberger / JKMM)