Architect
JKMM Architects
Competition
1998
Completion
2007
Themes
Mind-Building – Finnish Libraries at La Biennale di Venezia 2018 Concrete Structure Award 50 Years
Category
Assembly buildings
Tags
competition extension library
Prizes
The Concrete Structure of the Year 2007

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.

 

Location

Linnankatu 2, Turku
60.4509882, 22.2722677

Images

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)