The new Helsinki Central Library, "Oodi", is inaugurated. Finishing of some construction details will continue further into December. The architecture of the library is designed by Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta and Samuli Woolston as Ala Architects, with a broad team at Ala, and other consulting companies. The project has already been awarded the Steel Structure of the Year -award for 2018.
While the library closes the development of Töölönlahti area in the heart of Helsinki, its main aim and function is to open itself, and “new angles”, for the public. Töölönlahti is home to the Finnish Parliament, the National Opera, Helsinki Music Hall, the Finlandia Hall, as well as some prestigious office buildings and apartments. Along with Oodi, the area will be marked home for the people.