Monday, January 2, 2017 - 07:49

Helsinki Central Library named Oodi

Helsinki City Library held an open competition in October 2016 on the name of the Central Library under construction in the Töölönlahti area of Helsinki. The competition received 2,600 proposals, and 1,600 of them were different names. The winning proposal selected by the jury is “Oodi”.

The name was selected from among the proposals by the jury in two meetings. The jury was chaired by Helsinki Mayor Ritva Viljanen. Ms Viljanen comments that the name was selected with careful consideration of the many requirements for the name.

“The name should be easy to remember, short, and easy to pronounce and to use in a sentence,” she says. “The name should also be easy to explain to the international audience and work in many languages. The name should support the symbolism of the Finland 100 centenary. It is also a merit to the name that the word is beautiful. Because it is a name of a library, it should be linked with literature and thereby with the library institution. However, we did not want to name the library dealing with all of Finland, literature and culture to one person only, although good arguments were presented for library names dedicated to various authors. On these bases, were selected ‘Oodi’ as the name of the Central Library.”

Oodi is the Finnish word for Ode.

The jury’s decision was unanimous. The proposal Oodi was presented by Mirja Lounameri. She will be recognized with a special invitation to the library opening ceremony in December 2018.

Timeless name for building promoting democracy and learning

Oodi (ode) is a lyric poem marked by exaltation, and it can be written in irregular metre. The word has a long history: as early as in ancient Egypt and Greece, odes were sung in praise of a person, who could be a king or someone celebrating an anniversary.

“The name looks back, but it is part of our modern language and well reflects the nature and task of the library to open in the Töölönlahti area in 2018: Oodi will be a centre for people and reading, a place for democracy and learning, and a gift for the 100-year-old Republic of Finland and for the Finns,” Ms Viljanen points out. The name is also seen to symbolize the high quality of the Finnish library institution and architecture.

Helsinki Central Library 

The Central Library is under development and construction in the Töölönlahti (Töölö Bay) area in the Helsinki city centre. The library is one of the signature projects of the centenary of Finnish independence. The project is financed by the City of Helsinki and the Finnish Government. The library building is the result of an open international design competition held in 2012-2013. The winner of the competition was ALA Architects of Helsinki with their entry named “Käännös” (turning). The library opens in December 2018. The estimated annual number of visitors is 2.5 million.

Helsinki Central Library Oodi

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 07:59

Metropolia campus to reshape Myllypuro

The Myllypuro campus of Metropolia, Finland’s largest university of applied sciences, is under construction to be completed in 2018–2019.

The foundation stone of the Myllypuro campus of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences was laid in the autumn of 2016. Currently the foundations of a cover for the metro deck are under construction – part of the campus is built on metro train tracks. The work is largely carried out at nighttime in order not to disrupt metro service.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 07:57

Smart energy system to secure uninterruptible power supply in Kalasatama

The energy system of Helsinki’s Kalasatama, the first model area for smart energy systems in Finland, will be complemented with ABB’s latest digital technology and unique ring network solution. Both solutions are the first of their kind on the scale of Finland. They will ensure that power supply in the developing Kalasatama district will be as uninterruptible as possible. By 2040, Kalasatama will be home to more than 25,000 residents and provide more than 10,000 jobs.

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 08:25

New plan proposal for Östersundom moves to decision-making

A new plan proposal has been prepared for Östersundom. The proposal integrates growth with nature, focusing on both nature conservation and planning economy.

The plan proposal has changed a great deal from the proposal that was on display in the spring of 2015. Several alternatives for the course of the metro line and for land use have been considered, and the new plan proposes a straight course for the metro line.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 10:31

Construction of main Jätkäsaari park to begin

The construction of the main park to be built in the new Jätkäsaari district will begin during the summer. The first part of Hyväntoivonpuisto – “park of good will” – to be constructed is the section between the streets of Juutinraumankatu and Rionkatu. In addition, landfill and earthmoving work will be conducted in the southern part of the park area.