Pori City Library is a fine example of constructivist modernism of the 1970s. Architects Olli Steen and Olaf Küttner from the city of Pori designed the building.

The planning of the new library began already in the late 1960s. Up-to-date design choices were searched by making learning trips to new library buildings in Kuopio, Seinäjoki and Lappeenranta. The city architect of Pori, Olaf Küttner planned the brief of the library. Küttner died unexpectedly in June 1974 and Steen, an architect working in the house construction department of the city, continued the project as a principal architect. Qualified builders Veikko Nore and Reino Posti assisted Steen with the planning. The construction of the building started in November 1974. Pori City Library opened its doors on October 1st, 1976.

Source: Satakunta Museum

Location

Gallen-Kallelankatu 12, Pori
61.487062, 21.7907322

Images

The street façade in 1983, Pori City Library
The street façade in 1983, Pori City Library (© Sven Raita / Satakunta Museum)
The construction in 1975, Pori City Library
The construction in 1975, Pori City Library (© Visa Nurmi / Satakunta Museum)
The street façade, Pori City Library
The street façade, Pori City Library (© Satakunta Museum)
The main staircase, Pori City Library
The main staircase, Pori City Library (© Satakunta Museum)
The interior, Pori City Library
The interior, Pori City Library (© Satakunta Museum)
The main staircase, Pori City Library
The main staircase, Pori City Library (© Satakunta Museum)