Helsinki’s €100m new library includes sewing machines, recording studios and kitchens (and books)

With robots, sewing machines and 3D printers, Oodi wants to change the very notion of a library.

Helsinki’s latest addition to its large cohort of libraries opens to the public today. The €100m project – funded entirely by Finnish taxpayers – has been in the works for 20 years; public servants wanted to create a “birthday present” for the nation to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its independence.

The library, which was designed by Finnish firm ALA Architects, is not your average book-lending institute. Comprising three floors, the top level will house...
source: New Statesman

2018-12-06 12:27
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