Marshall Moya Design competed in an international architectural event for the design of the public library located in Helsinki, Finland. The design for the Helsinki Central Library is not only influenced by the desired program wishes of the building's operations team, but also by the context of this vibrant and historically significant site. MMD's sustainable design reflects both historical reference and educational focus.
MMD created a crescent-shaped structure to enhance the three-dimensional form and allow visitors access to city views through the large glass windows that encompass the shell of the building. The large cut-out in the southern part of the building from the entrance canopy serves as an open and inviting welcome. MMD also formed a public square and park in front of the library to complement the office spaces inside. As an added benefit to the structure, white granite panels line the public entrance and infuse thermal efficiency. MMD also utilized green design elements to promote sustainability, such as a roof that has integrated photovoltaic (PV) panels tied to the electricity grid, and a solar water heating system that provides domestic hot water. The enhanced lighting allows for better visual acuity.