Finnish Library Buildings

Tampere City Library, Metso

The library is located in a city park, next to a church. The entrance is partly hidden by trees and plants in big pots on the stairway, such as juniper, rowan and spruce.

The architects have told having been influenced by a number of elements, such as Celtic ornaments, sheep horns and glacial spin formations. The basic idea for the construction was the space to coil spirally like the shell of a snail. The shape of a bird came up during the design process. More and more, the building began to resemble a bird, capercaillie. Seen from above, the building looks like a bird carrying a shield. The building is round without any corners.

The materials of the facade are granite, copper and wiborgite. The roof and some of the window moldings are covered with copper. Concrete and granite are the main materials inside the building. The interior colors are those of the Finnish nature – blue, green and white. The colors of the interior textiles are based on wild flowers, and partly also on the plumage of the capercaillie. All the furniture were especially designed for the building.

The interior is a unique space, where the visitor moves from one place to another as in a town or a forest. All the parts of the building remind the visitor about the human culture.

(Text: Ritva Hokka-Ahti and Raili Sihvonen)

The name of the library
Tampere City Library – Pirkanmaa Regional Library (the main library)
The name of the municipality/organization
City of Tampere
The population of the community covered by the library
213 000
The location of the library
City centre
The library is
a new construction
The floor area
The library was opened in
Designed by

Architects and Interior Design Raili and Reima Pietilä

The total expenditure of the construction
13 million euros