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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 book café Gaudeamus Kirja & Kahvi 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
University of Helsinki, Center for Properties and Facilities
Pöyry CM Oy
Project Management Contractor
SRV Rakennus Oy
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