A new Helsinki library will feature a sauna.
Just as every museum in France should have wine & cheese stations, and every town hall in Japan should hold sumo wrestling matches, the rules of The One Stereotype We Know About Every Country hold that public buildings in Finland should be equipped with saunas — and the new central library in Helsinki is going to offer just that!
The Finnish website Uutiset reports that after a setback, the plans for a sauna in the newest library in Helsinki are back on track. The site had reported on the new branch more generally last year, when the ALA architectural office won an international contest with its design it called “Käännös,” or “Transition.” Outfitted with timber facades, the design plan was praised for being “both functional and aesthetic,” and would include “a multi-purpose hall, cinema, a restaurant and a sauna.”
The more recent Uutiset article explains that the Helsinki library operations director suggested the sauna might be left off the final building, due to an estimate that there would be more visitors than initially projected. This could presumably lead to longer wait times for a clean towel, not to mention complaints of towel snapping and, quite possibly, pranksters …read more

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