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

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 08:54

Design concepts selected for Merihaka and Hakaniemi bridges

Preliminary design concepts have been selected for bridges to be built in Merihaka and Hakaniemi. The concepts will serve as a basis for further bridge design and engineering.

The design concept selected for the Merihaka bridge (see rendering above) will produce a lightweight, pier-like structure that doesn’t block the view from Kalasatama to Pohjoisranta owing to its low elevation. This was considered a merit in terms of the overall cityscape.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 13:52

The City of Helsinki Financial Statements 2016: Economy stabilising

"The year 2016 in the economy of the City of Helsinki was more positive than expected. The operating margin of the City was better than the budgeted figure and the tax revenue grew more than expected. Thus, the annual contribution margin was €300 million better than the budgeted target”, says Mayor Jussi Pajunen of the City of Helsinki Financial Statements 2016.

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 08:35

Waste is collected through underground pipes in Kruunuvuorenranta

The new Kruunuvuorenranta district under construction in eastern Helsinki commissioned a pipeline-based automated waste collection system named Rode on 6 March 2017. Each housing company has its own waste collection station, and waste is sucked from these stations through underground pipes to a central collection station. Waste is moved in the pipes by pressure differences.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:16

The Port of Helsinki has significant positive economy and employment-related effects

According to a recent survey, the Port of Helsinki has significant positive effects on the regional economy and employment rates in the municipalities in and around the Helsinki region. The total value of the business operations related to the Port of Helsinki in 2015 was 1.6 billion euros, and the operations employed approximately 15,000 people. In addition to the regional level, the effects practically span throughout the country.