Once in a lifetime does one gets to experience something so spectacular and inspiring as the first visit to Oodi—the central library of the future and present in Helsinki. Supported by astonishing architecture of the Finnish ALA Architects, the three floors offer everything from recording with a band in a soundproof room (studio?) to sewing, and of course a library with somewhat 100,000 books. In addition, there are rooms for meetings, 3D printing in a laboratorial-looking atmoshperhe, huge screens for computer work and plenty of space to just relax in your own space; including a cinema!

The aformentioned are surrounded by the shadow and light of this incredible building of wooden elements.

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The third floor is the heart of the library. That’s where you can peruse the vast book collection, and when looking above the shelves one can see the Parliament House and the tower of the National Museum. The windows are huge and the view is incredible. And those seeking for an even greater adventure can walk up to the other end, which rises steeply against the glass building of Sanomatalo.

Without further ado, I hope that you, dear reader, will enjoy the experience in pictures as much as I did on this rainy Tuesday in December. Oodi will open to the public at 08:00 on December 5.

Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today