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Design contest for Helsinki Central Library launched

[Registration must be completed by 30 March 2012] The city of Helsinki has launched an international competition to design the city’s new central library

Expected to utilise modern technology alongside traditional library spaces, plans are sought for a new ‘digital library’ which organisers hope will form a ‘symbolic’ building in the inner city area of Töölönlahti, Finland.

With ay budget of £56 million, design teams are sought for a new structure on the 10,000m² site.

A two stage design contest, eight proposals will be shortlisted for further development with a stipend of £20,500 each, the winner gaining the design contract and a share of the £90,000 prize fund.

Teams must include an ‘expert in energy technology’ for first round submissions and a a contact familiar with Finnish law and local regulations if taken through to stage two.

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