JKMM revamps a 1980s public library in Finland with a copper-clad expansion

JKMM Architects’ Kirkkonummi Library adapts an existing building with a copper-clad facade, creating a new community center for the town of 40,000. Located approximately 20 miles west of Helsinki, Kirkkonummi is centered around its medieval stone church. The library—also known as Fyyri—reuses the structure of the original library, built in the 1980s. As the JKMM team explained, the church, library, and nearby open market are the center of the community, tasking them with designing a building that would meet contemporary needs.

The design doubled the existing space of the library, including a 50-meter-long sheltered terrace overlooking the churchyard—emphasizing the spatial connection between the structures that the community

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