Lohja Main Library, The Lohja City Library
Lohja Main Library was completed 2005 and was opened to the public january 2006. Main Library is now a centre of public events and it is a popular meeting point for user groups of all ages. Library is provided with modern technology including 3 automated borrowing stations and one automated return system. Population of the Lohja City is 37000 inhabitants (2007).
Title of library in local languageLohjan kaupunginkirjasto, Pääkirjasto
Year of completion2005
Karstuntie 3, 08100 Lohja
Category of libraryPublic Library
More info on the buildinghttp://libraries.fla.fi/lohja.html
Awards and recommended reading
-Nordic public libraries in the knowledge society, (ed. Wigell-Ryynänen, Barbro), København : Danish National Library Authority, 2006.
-Finnish architecture 0405 : exhibition and book, first presentation Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki, 14 June - 3 September 2006, (ed. Kasvio, Maija), Helsinki : Suomen rakennustaiteen museo, 2006.
Architectural idea or principle
The building has a clear status of a civic building in the townscape. Opening towards the town centre and the church are imaginative and appropriately located. The red brick cladding is in harmony with the surrounding buildings. The elevational composition is both controlled and vivid, ant the entrance invites people into the building. The organization of spaces is logical and the building well-functioning; interior views even dramatic.
Interior designGullstén-Inkinen Ltd / Maria Krause
Special features, internal
Library building is situated between the medieval Lohja Church and the new Townhall in the hearth of the town.
Furniture supplierBTJ, Isku, Martela
Overall Cost€ 6.312.000
Government subsidy 1900000 euro
Furniture and fitting, works of art 790000 euro