Inspired by a Valolaatikko word, which means Light Box, Jorge Hernandez de La Garza created a wonderful architecture for the Central Library that is modern complex for study and combination of culture, technology and entertainment in the center of Helsinki.

Helsinki Central Library by Jorge Hernandez de La Garza

From the architects: Its form adjust to the urban context of the Töölönlahti area allowing to have different views of the cityscape as well as creating a relation to the park and bay located close to the library thanks to its dynamic skin that covers most of the building. Also, the building promotes the pedestrian and cycle access from the plaza, park or the street.

Helsinki Central Library by Jorge Hernandez de La Garza

The skin’s openings will be optimized to promote daylight to all habitable spaces and passive solar heating to communal circulation areas. A public project like this is the perfect opportunity to be a showcase for Sustainable Design. Innovative Strategies, should be evaluated and if implemented, have the potential to be a learning source for users and visitors.

Helsinki Central Library by Jorge Hernandez de La Garza

The proposed library will meet the highest standards for sustainability by following an ‘Integrated Approach’ throughout the design process. The project will achieve a minimum rating of a recognized International Certification Scheme such as LEED ®, BREEAM International, Living Building Institute or equivalent.

Helsinki Central Library by Jorge Hernandez de La Garza

Helsinki Central Library by Jorge Hernandez de La Garza

Helsinki Central Library by Jorge Hernandez de La Garza

Helsinki Central Library by Jorge Hernandez de La Garza

Helsinki Central Library by Jorge Hernandez de La Garza

Helsinki Central Library by Jorge Hernandez de La Garza

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Helsinki Central Library by Jorge Hernandez de La Garza

Inspired by a Valolaatikko word, which means Light Box, Jorge Hernandez de La Garza created a wonderful architecture for the Central Library that is modern complex...

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