5 reasons to see and experience Oodi in Helsinki, Finland

5 reasons to see and experience Oodi in Helsinki, Finland

Do you fancy drinking tea in a terrace in Helsinki during summertime? Maybe with a random book or magazine? Oodi is making that possible, since the new three-story library building is opening this week in the centre of Helsinki, and it will be having a very big and fancy cafeteria with a terrace on its third floor.

Book heaven on the third floor of Oodi
Book heaven on the third floor of Oodi
Ball chairs in Bookheaven on the third floor of Oodi library
Ball chairs in Bookheaven on the third floor of Oodi library
Book heaven, view from the Fazer café
Book heaven, view from the Fazer café

Oodi library is the 100th year birthday gift from Finland and its capital Helsinki to its citizens, and it took 3 years to build it. This week Oodi will open its doors for the audience and from then on it will be one of the most important sights of Helsinki and the whole of Finland. The view from the 3rd floor of Oodi will most certainly charm you, whether it’s inside or outside, not to mention all the other things one can do in this three-story library building.

Not knowing anything more about those 100000 books and magazines Oodi will be having, here’s still 5 more reasons to see and experience Oodi, which will be open seven days a week starting 5.12.2018 –

1.Oodi will give anyone a free chance to experience clean and beautiful design, the impact of which will surely be healthy and uplifting for the mind.

2. From the balcony on the third floor one can admire sunsets during summertime – There will be no skyscrapers blocking the sun all though it will be in the centre of Helsinki.

3. Oodi is not only a library but a cultural centre – in addition to traditional libraryservices you will also find a cafeteria, restaurant, movie theatre and a playpark for kids from there, among other things. Movie theatre Kino Regina will open in January 2019.

4. On the second floor of Oodi there will be workspaces of various kind in handicrafts as well as digital works and also soundproof rooms for study or work, and music play. Second floor will be fully open when the year changes.

5. Oodi promotes lifelong learning, active citizenship, democracy and freedom of expression.

In addition to this, the third-floor ball chairs offer a great opportunity to read blogs in your own privacy on your own phone screen!

More information on Oodi’s website
The video below reveals more beautiful details about Oodi’s architecture and decorative details –

Photographs Noora Saarinen

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Helsinki centre on Design Week 2018

Helsinki centre on Design Week 2018

 

Helsinki Design Week 2018 in Keskuskatu
Helsinki Design Week 2018 in Keskuskatu

Helsinki center has cheered up and become more lively after the recent opening of Amos Rex Art Museum there. This inspired me to take a walk in the Helsinki center, especially since the weather was warm and sunny and Helsinki Design Week 2018 had started.

 

Keskuskatu, Helsinki, streetview
Keskuskatu, Helsinki, streetview

Keskuskatu, one of the streets in the very center of Helsinki has become a pleasant and stylish pedestrian street over the years. For the time being it also features a Helsinki Design Week 2018 -booth, from which event information is shared both to tourists and local passers-by.

A short walk in the center of Helsinki also stimulated the need for traveling abroad:

Keskuskatu with its tourists reminded me of any European metropolis, and even the helmet wearing passengers with the scooter stopped in the traffic lights resembled the streets of Rome.

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But when I went for the first time to Baana, the pedestrian/cycling street in the Helsinki center, I was truly fascinated after seeing them benches for one person only.

I had admired that kind of benches earlier in Stockholm and wondered why we don’t have them in Helsinki – and all this time they might have existed by this pedestrian street, which has been easing the life of the cyclists as well in the Helsinki center since 2012.

 

Benches for one person by the Baana
Benches for one person by the Baana

 

Yes, I really walked through the promenade for the first time in 2018. And I must admit – it was a refreshing experience – I liked it even more than the lovely bike / pedestrian streets in Copenhagen, as “hygge” as they might be, since in Helsinki the road was much more spacious and safer for its passengers.

Afternoon car jams were only humming somewhere far off in the upper air when I walked from Kamppi to Kiasma, the museum of contemporary art, and towards Oodi, a new and magnificent library being built in Helsinki.

 

Baana in Helsinki centre
Baana, the road for bicycles and pedestrians in Helsinki centre

The capital of Finland is really changing for the better. It’s really worth for tourists to come and bloggers to blog.

Helsinki Design Week is a 13 year old annual event presenting Finnish design in Helsinki, and this year’s novelty is the Children’s Design Week. You can find the entire Helsinki Design Week 2018 -program at https://www.helsinkidesignweek.com.

 

 

Kiasma, museum of contemporary art, in Helsinki, Finland
Kiasma, museum of contemporary art, in Helsinki, Finland

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Re-Designing Helsinki: Siltavuorenranta / Brobergskajen / "Shore of the Bridgemountain"

Re-Designing Helsinki: Siltavuorenranta / Brobergskajen / "Shore of the Bridgemountain"

 

This digital painting is inspired by a spring view in Helsinki Siltavuorenranta. Colours come from the sky, buildings of Hotel Hilton and Merihaka and one female jogger.
Siltavuorenranta means Shore of the bridgemountain in English.

Helsinki is the capital of Finland and the design capital of the world, 2012.

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