The old library building will be closed due to alteration work
The alteration work for converting the old library building into a cultural centre will begin in January. The existing conference and gallery facilities were closed on 18 December 2016 and remain out of use during the renovation work until spring 2018, at which point the building will be opened as a new type of cultural centre.
The alteration project comprises basic improvements to the building’s air-conditioning system and partial changes to rooms that will be occupied by the new actors, such as Children's Cultural Centre Rulla. Other major alterations will be the construction of a new unobstructed entrance at Laikunlava and moving the public toilet in the main floor to the 1st floor. Changes to electrical equipment, electrical installations and lighting will only be made in connection with room alterations, and the whole building will be provided with a new fire alarm system.
Changes and repairs to the building’s outer shell will only involve the entrances to the 1st floor and mounting ventilation grilles in the new air-conditioning room. Similarly, the alteration work inside the building will exclude all facilities where changes need not be made to the building’s engineering solutions or functions. These include the concert hall and gallery facilities.
According to plans, Children's Cultural Centre Rulla, Migration Info Centre Mainio, the office of the city’s cultural services, and third sector operators will move in to the new cultural building, which will be opened in spring 2018. The congress, event and exhibition facilities will provide an even more diverse venue for local operators. There will also be a café in the lobby.
A name competition was arranged in autumn for the new cultural centre. More than 200 name proposals were received. Entrance ticket packages to Vapriikki have been drawn between the participants. The name of the cultural centre will be announced during 2017.