HELSINKI CENTRAL LIBRARY


SOPHIA

Location
Helsinki - Finland
Scale
16.000 sqm
Status
Competition Proposal
Project Date
2012
Client
Helsinki Municipality
Team
Bruno André + Francisco Salgado Ré + Adalgisa de Castro Lopes + Catarina Fernandes + Fernando Ferreira + Francisco Costa + Sara João
Consultants
AFA Consult

A PATH TO WISDOM

 

THIS LIBRARY IS NOT (JUST) A LIBRARY

The proposal represents the consolidation of cultural identity, democratic notion and humanistic concepts into a building. It is a clear and true space, giving place for important visions to come together. The resulting system accomplishes not also the functional, organizational and technical objectives, but is also a realization of invisible / immaterial / subjective / metaphorical principles and humane representations.
The result is much more than a library, even more than a building. It’s at the same time a real space, but also a mental place that projects itself beyond its frontiers and limits, becoming an iconographic element of the society, its culture and humanity vision.

It is itself a form of homage to knowledge and a representation of the narrative path to wisdom.
It is a new form of understanding and resolving the Library space, becoming a place of experiences, a place without borders, integrating concepts of social centrality, dedicated to arts, aiming for technology expansion, but also projected for the body and mind.
This Library is definitely not just a Library.

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CONCEPT

Sophia is a space for culture, a social center and a place for the future. It is also an iconographic element representing Finland and embodying the full notion of democratic space.
It is a non-pretentious, no-show-off building, but still and without doubt, a majestic, grandiose and timeless building, representing a eulogy to wisdom in its various forms, as a metaphor about the rise to knowledge, being itself a path to the light, a path to enlightenment.

The proposal is a metaphor about a vertical promenade escalation in the tree trunk and branches of knowledge. It is a physical concretization of worlds inside worlds, like a magical place, a mystical cultural creation with suspended environments, with different spaces and experiences to encounter. In fact, it is a place of serendipity.
It is a noble and sublime space for enlightenment and at the same time for positive hedonism.

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