Lohja Main Library, The Lohja City Library

Ilmari Lahdelma, Architects Lahdelma & MahlamäkiFinland

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).

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Karstuntie 3, 08100 Lohja

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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.

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Library building is situated between the medieval Lohja Church and the new Townhall in the hearth of the town.

Overall Cost: 
€ 6.312.000
Detailed description: 

Government subsidy 1900000 euro
Furniture and fitting, works of art 790000 euro

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