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Mind-Building at Lohja 3.–27.11.

Enthusiastically received at the Biennale Architettura 2018 in Venice, the Finnish library architecture exhibition will continue its tour in Finland. 

Exhibition: Mind-Building
Lohja main library, Linder hall
Karstuntie 3, Lohja
3–27 Nov. 2021
Open during the opening hours of the library

The prime architectural quality of Finnish public libraries has been subject to international envy. The Lohja main library is an excellent example of a library that highlights the townscape and evokes pride in the locals. The library building, designed by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, was opened in 2006. You can explore the architecture of the building in the Finnish Architecture Navigator through this link (opens in a new tab).

The Mind-Building exhibition opening in the Lohja main library invites for a discussion about the meaning of architecture as a shared public place and center for lifelong learning. 

The exhibition was produced by Archinfo Finland originally for the Finnish Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2018 in Venice. Curated by architectural critic and scholar Anni Vartola, the exhibition showcases the development of Finnish public libraries and their architecture throughout the times by presenting seventeen library buildings from different periods, grouped under specific themes. The exhibition architecture, designed by architect Tuomas Siitonen and graphic designer Johannes Nieminen, has been modified to suit different locations on the tour. However, all the libraries of the original exhibition are included, as well as the specially commissioned sound and video pieces.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Uusimaa Regional Fund of Finnish Cultural Foundation.