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Main Library in Kaisa House

The Helsinki University Main Library in Kaisa House is the most ambitious project of the Helsinki World Design Capital year, and it shapes both the cityscape and services. The building represents new award-winning Finnish architecture. It has been awarded e.g. the 2012 Critics' Spurs award.

The surface area of the new building in the city centre Elk block is 15,500 square metres. The building was completed on May Day eve 2012 and opened for public on the 3rd of September 2012 when the university term began.

In the new building the library operates closely with the Learning Centre Aleksandria to which there is access both from Kaisa House and Porthania. Also the American Resource Center, and the cafeteria WELL Kaisa-talo are located in the Kaisa House.

Kaisa House Technical Information

Developer (ordering party)
Helsinki University Facilities
University of Helsinki, Kiinteistö Oy Kaisaniemenkatu 5


Anttinen Oiva Arkkitehdit Oy
Finnmap Consulting Oy
Pöyry Building Services Oy

Construction Management

University of Helsinki, Center for Properties and Facilities
Indepro Oy
Pöyry CM Oy

Project Management Contractor

SRV Rakennus Oy

Technical Details

Building period 2010–2012
Gross building volume 31,000 cubic metres
Gross internal area of the building 26,500 m2
Gross internal area of the library 16,000 m2

Business premises 5,600 m2