Today I get to talk to you about one of my favorite buildings in Turku: the Turku City Library main building.
Old and New
Located in the heart of Turku , the main building of the Turku City Library is an interesting mix of old and new architecture. The old part of the building, which can be seen above, dates back to the beginning of the last century. The original library was completed in 1903, when Finland was still part of Russia.
My favorite part of the building is the Majestic staircase which you can see when entering the main entrance of the old part.
As for the new part, it was completed in 2007 based on the plans of the firm JKMM Architects. The elegant and very stylish design exploits very well the small amount of light available during the dark Finnish winters.
I personally find that the use of wood and the wide windows create the perfect atmosphere for reading, and working. Although the contrast with the older building is clear, that doesn’t mean that they do not combine harmoniously.
It is easy to underestimate the impact of architecture, but the Turku library shows that it has the potential to make a difference.
The beauty of the Turku city library is not only in its looks, but also in its content. According to its website, it is the most used library in the Nordic countries!
And more than only books, the library also offers a wide choice of music, games, and movies.
The library also has an area dedicated to children, which includes a wide choice of books and even games for children. Even though the majority of the content is in Finnish, there are also books in a wide variety of languages.
Yes, yes, food. Most libraries do not encourage eating and drinking while reading books, and this one is not an exception. However, if you need some coffee for some extra energy there is a small café within the library.
What best way to end a blog post than with a combination of coffee and literature. So on this, hope you have a great time exploring the beautiful Turku City Library, enjoy!