What better than a paper-like texture for a library's facade

We love libraries... calm, silent spaces, full of knowledge, history, imagination... all stored in books, the protagonists of such spaces; books whose secrets are contained on pages of paper.

And what better idea for a library than for it to be covered in paper?

The engineered stone surface, which resembles crumpled paper, gives this public cultural building a valuable, distinctive appearance". - Pekka Koli

This is exactly what Pekka Koli, architect of Tilatakomo Architecture Studio and responsible for the project thought and he tells us all about it: "the pure white surface, associated with paper, reflects a new beginning and creates a connection to the library material and Nokia’s paper industry.

The library is located 200 km to the north of Helsinki, and below are the reasons why its creators decided to collaborate with us:

  1. The paper texture

The customisation options provided by the engineered stone panels, thanks to their workability, were key when it came to creating ideas for innovative textures. One of the most original creations is the paper texture, where a building's facade appears to be covered by a piece of crumpled paper.

  1. The concealed fixing system: aesthetic facade

Our fixing system is concealed, meaning that you cannot see how the panels are fixed to the structure from the exterior. This is made possible by the grooved panels and the installation is completed by sliding the panel into the profiles of the structure.

  1. Minimum joint size between panels: uniform facade

Our installation system allows various joint options. For Nokia's library, a 3 mm joint was used, one of the smallest on the market.

What does this achieve?

It helps to provide continuity in terms of the texture, creating the most continuous and uniform skin possible. This point was also key in Pekka Koli's decision.

There are other options in our system, such as the 8 mm and the 20 mm joint.

  1. Customised panels that significantly reduce the installation time

ULMA panels are completely prefabricated pieces that are cut to size, arriving at the site ready for installation. This saves time and reduces costs, as the assembly is quick and easy.

  1. Extremely durable facade thanks to the engineered stone

Last but not least, the resistance of the engineered stone panels is very high. It is a material that ensures durability over time. Its level of water absorption is almost zero, making it very efficient when faced by sudden changes in temperature.

The Tilatakomo Studio was founded in 1992, with a focus on the design of public and above all educational buildings.

TECHNICAL DETAILS:

  • ARCHITECT: Pekka Koli, arkkitehti SAFA, from the Tilatakomo Studio
  • FACADE SURFACE AREA: 1,415 m2
  • TEXTURE: Paper
  • COLOUR: White M24
  • LOCATION: Nokia, Finland
  • DATE OF CONSTRUCTION: 2020
  • PHOTOGRAPHER: Anders Portman

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