MAUNULA COMMUNITY CENTER

Maunula House is the central cultural and learning hub of Maunula district in northern Helsinki, a neighborhood being renewed. The building is a center of public services to local residents of all ages. The library, the youth center and the adult education center co-operate seamlessly in the building, enabling the co-usage and a high utilization rate of the spaces.

The facades of Maunula Hose are of natural white brick, wood and glass. The wooden ceiling continues as a visually uniform folding surface from the library spaces to the exterior, giving the library hall a distinct character. The glass wall facing the park provides the library with light and views. The main lobby is defined by a golden yellow skylight, bringing space and light to the widest point of the building.

Maunula House has been designed as a part of the City of Helsinki Pilot Project for Local Democracy. Multiple workshops were arranged with local residents before a single line of the building was drawn. Locals participate in the planning of the activities of Maunula House even after the completion of the building. Maunula park will be renewed in the spring of 2017, becoming an extension for the activities of Maunula House and a stage for community events.

start of design 08/2013 - completion 01/2017

3100 m2