Kirkkonumi Library is an urban living room for the community

The renovation and expansion of the existing library by JKMM architects strengthens the civic heart of the city and consolidates the values of learning together and social cohesion.

In the municipality of Kirkkonummi, just outside the metropolitan area of Helsinki, JKMM studio has realized an operation of strong characterization of the civic heart of the town where already, around the medieval church and the outdoor market, daily activities pulsate.

JKMM architects, Kirkkonummi Library, Kirkkonummi, Finland 2020. Photo: Marc Goodwin
JKMM architects, Kirkkonummi Library, Kirkkonummi, Finland 2020. Photo: Marc Goodwin

The project involves the renovation and expansion of the existing 80s library to accommodate, in addition to the reading rooms, several multifunctional spaces.

Fyyri, the new library, combines the structure of the existing building and doubles its volume, by configuring a single building with a shell covered in copper shingles: a timeless material that suggests a connection with the roof of the nearby church and evokes, in the image of a fishing net, the maritime character of the city.

The heart of the extension is the reading room with vertical slit windows, inspired by the Finnish modernist tradition that lives on in the warm and natural materials and in the suggestive play of light: the pillars and the exposed concrete beams let the natural light filter through as if through a forest of birch trees, by creating an effect of diffused lighting that reverberates on the light-colored surfaces and on the custom-made wooden furniture.

JKMM architects, Kirkkonummi Library, Kirkkonummi, Finland 2020. Photo: Marc Goodwin

The complex houses a variety of community spaces including exhibition areas, event spaces, children's rooms and youth clubs, a cafeteria with a periodical reading room. The interiors are conceived according to a principle of comfort and practicality typical of Finnish design: the decoration of walls and ceilings with wooden slats, the wool and felt that cover furniture and upholstery, the brass accessories refer to a craftsmanship made of sober details inspired by the genius loci and create a pleasantly domestic environment.

A space that, more than a library, represents a cozy urban living room where you can not only learn but also rediscover a vibrant sense of social cohesion and ownership of the place. 

Kirkkonummi Library
Kirkkonummi, Finland
Existing building area:
2.084,5 mq
New building area:
2.615,5 mq
Total area:
4.700 mq
Kirkkonummi Municipality
EKT Infra Oy (maanrakennusurakka), Rakennus Omera Oy, SRV Rakennus Oy
Project leaders:
Teemu Kurkela, Jukka Mäkinen
Project team:
Asmo Jaaksi, Samuli Miettinen, Juha Mäki-Jyllilä, Alli Bur, Sini Coker, Christopher Delany, Aaro Martikainen, Marko Pulli, Pekka Tynkkynen
Interior design:
Tiina Rytkönen, Elina Törmänen
Project Manager:
WSP Finland Oy
Structural Engineers:
Ramboll Finland Oy
Services Engineers:
Ramboll Finland Oy, Insinööritoimisto Techniplan Oy
Helimäki Akustikot Oy
Fire safety consultants:
L2 Paloturvallisuus Oy
AV consultants:
Ramboll Finland Oy

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