Δ FARENHEITH Δ
HELSINKI CENTRAL LIBRARY
FAHRENHEIT reflects on the collective dimension of learning by creating conditions to support the new dynamics in which the knowledge flows.
FAHRENHEIT is an artificial morphology, a landscape of knowledge that through an ongoing exchange of ideas, information, experiences, draws closer to culture and cultures. A territory to conquer, feeling free to explore its places, constantly different in terms of contents, events and people.
FAHRENHEIT is a flexible living space, to be discovered each time through different experiences, meeting new people or staying more isolated, making new stories, practices, habits. Every kind of support and media, tangible or intangible, sustained or instant, finds its own environment to be distributed, exchanged and discussed.
FAHRENHEIT is a public civic space, a place for the promotion of relationships, the encounter between generations, the connections between otherwise distant realities. Ground to be crossed, fertile of contents, actions and dynamics. It is an indeterminate space but also a significant network of places.
FAHRENHEIT is a contemporary landmark, a horizontal volume. Big, but simple. A smart and bioclimatic machine is a declaration in favour of a sustainable future of the contemporary city (to do not build formally complex an architecture is today a much more radical decision). A place for collective gathering and at the same time is a solid legacy
for future generations. An open landmark enters into relationship with the city and its inhabitants.
FAHRENHEIT creates a layer of high intensity. The project is structured in a system of space at different heights, sometimes highly specialized other more indeterminate. These sites are spread throughout the project allowing a flexible and multiple use of the entire structure for the different activities.
FAHRENHEIT explores new ways of living, several spatial conformations, different and sometimes-neighbouring climate zones, different ways and degrees of intimacy or relation.
FAHRENHEIT multiplies the public space potential of the site by multiplying and overlapping the public activities of the library, rather than consuming urban land or creating an additional one.
FAHRENHEIT provides a protected area but visually still open. The large living space creates intermediate climatic living environments during all the seasons, maintaining a close relationship with the nature, the city and the surrounding open spaces.
FAHRENHEIT is a hyper-connected machine. The project constantly connects the different levels, both vertically and horizontally, through various types of connections (escalators, ramps, traditional stairs with different shapes and sizes). All systems are working together to connect the various and diverse programs, allowing visitors to use in a dynamic way the space in its entire le lenght
- Project: Architectural Competition
- Size: 10000 sqm
- Location: Helsinki
- Year : 2012
- Team: Michele Brunello – DONTSTOP architettura (Project Leader) Michele Brunello e Marco Brega (Partners), Pietro Chiodi e Davide Rapp (associate) con Angela Gigliotti, Angelo Renna, Moataz Faissal Farid, Isaline Maire, Hana Narvaez, Yibo Xu.
Dejana Fiamma Architetti – Walter Dejana – Renata R.C. Fiamma (Partners).
Camilla Bevilacqua – ARUP London (Structure and Sustainability).
- Client: City of Helsinki