Virve Miettinen works as a participation planner at the Helsinki City Library. Her job is to engage citizens and partners to design the library of the future. Already dubbed the new cradle of citizen engagement, the new Helsinki Central Library will rise in the city centre with the power of its citizens’ ideas.
The new Helsinki Central Library, due to open in 2018, was designed for the urban dwellers of Helsinki by the residents themselves. That’s the reason why the new library will have, among other things, a movie theatre, music studio, restaurant, open workspaces and a “citizen balcony” – not to forget the traditional library space, of course.