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Renovation Of The Aalto University Undergraduate Centre in Espoo, Finland by Arkkitehdit NRT Oy

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Article source: Museum of Finnish Architecture

The former main building of the Helsinki University of  Technology took on a new role when three universities were merged as Aalto University in 2010. The Otaniemi  Campus designed by Alvar Aalto was chosen as the shared home of the Aalto Schools of Engineering, Business and  Arts & Design.

Image Courtesy © Tuomas Uusheimo

Image Courtesy © Tuomas Uusheimo

  • Architects: Arkkitehdit NRT Oy
  • Project: Renovation Of The Aalto University Undergraduate Centre
  • Location: Otakaari 1, 02100 Espoo, Finland
  • Photography: Tuomas Uusheimo
  • Software used: ArchiCAD versions 11 to 13
  • Total area: 47 985 brm2
  • Volume: 183 879 m3
  • Year finished: 2015

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Serlachius Museum Gösta Extension Competition Entry in Mänttää, Finland by MCKNHM Architects and Juliane Demel

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Article source: MCKNHM Architects and Juliane Demel\

A simple concept of an architectural heart surrounded by radial arranged building wings, results in a design that minimizes the impact on a very delicate site for a museum extension in Mänttää Finland.

MCKNHM Architects main objective was to reduce the impact of the volume on the delicate site and to intertwine the building with the beautiful environment. Through the “heart and wings” concept the large building mass of 4700sqm is scattered around a central heart. The new building is split up into a number of squares that form a dialectic relationship towards the site and the existing Museum building. These square like building wings are arranged in a circle to form the central space, “the Heart” of the new Museum Extension. Joenniemi Manor, the existing museum building, is a very particular one of these wings as the tallest and oldest, its sublime presence is still untouched and engages in an interesting dialogue with the new clustered building addition that is cautiously connected by a barely visible underground passageway.

Image Courtesy © MCKNHM Architects and Juliane Demel

Image Courtesy © MCKNHM Architects and Juliane Demel

  • Architects: MCKNHM Architects and Juliane Demel
  • Project: Serlachius Museum Gösta Extension Competition Entry
  • Location: Mänttää, Finland
  • Model: Anikó Krén
  • Team: Mark Mueckenheim, Juliane Demel
  • Building’s scope information: Useable floor area 4497sqm, gross floor area: 4961sqm, net area: 3146sqm

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Periscope Tower in Seinäjoki, FInland by OOPEAA

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Article source: OOPEAA 

The Periscope Tower is a giant wooden periscope structure that serves as an observation tower and engages the viewer ina dialogue with the landscape. With the help of a large mirror the Periscope Tower makes it possible for everyone to enjoythe views of the surrounding landscape. One can either climb up the stairs to enjoy the view over the lake and into thesurrounding landscape from the viewing deck, or simply stay on the ground and get the view through the periscope mirror.Made entirely of wood, the building is composed of an inner core of cross laminated timber (CLT) and an external wooden frame that serves as a load bearing structure. The inner core made of CLT forms the frame for an extra large periscope with stairs circling around it. When taking the stairs up or down one can experience a rich range of different views framed by the various openings cut into the structure.

 Image Courtesy © Anssi Lassila

Image Courtesy © Anssi Lassila

  • Architects: OOPEAA
  • Project: Periscope Tower
  • Location: Seinäjoki, FInland
  • Photography: Anssi Lassila
  • Client: City Of Seinäjoki
  • Architect in charge: Anssi Lassila
  • Project architect: Kazunori Yamaguchi
  • Team: Juha Pakkala, Anne Kaivo – oja
  • Size: 35 m²
  • Year: 2014 – 2016

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Sauna Löyly in Helsinki, Finland by Avanto Architects Ltd

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Article source: Avanto Architects Ltd

Sauna culture

Sauna bathing is an essential part of Finnish culture and national identity. There are only 5,4 million Finns but 3,3 million saunas. Public saunas used to be common in bigger cities but now that most new apartments have sauna of their own, public saunas have decreased dramatically in number. There are only a couple remaining. As a sense of community is becoming a more and more important part of new urban culture, many new public saunas are being planned. With Löyly (meaning the steam that comes when you throw water on hot stones in a sauna) Helsinki will offer foreign visitors a public sauna experience all year round – a must when visiting Finland.

Image Courtesy © kuvio.com, Marc Goodwin, Mikko Ryhänen

Image Courtesy © kuvio.com, Marc Goodwin, Mikko Ryhänen

  • Architects: Avanto Architects Ltd
  • Project: Sauna Löyly
  • Location: Hernesaarenranta 4, Helsinki, Finland
  • Photography: kuvio.com, Marc Goodwin / Archmospheres, Mikko Ryhänen / Joanna Laajisto Creative Studio
  • Client: Antero Vartia and Jasper Pääkkönen, Kidvekkeli Oy
  • Operator: Royal Restaurants
  • Project management: Qtio Oy
  • Assistants: Antti Westerlund, architect SAFA Hiroko Mori, architect, Laura Nenonen, student of Architecture, Xiaowen Xu, student of Architecture
  • Interior architect: Joanna Laajisto Creative Studio / Joanna Laajisto (restaurant, terrace  furniture, sauna lounge interior design)
  • Structural design: Ramboll Finland Oy / Hans Wilkman, Teemu Nyyssönen
  • Total cost: 6,0 m€
  • Capacity: restaurant 150, terrace 300, sauna up to 96
  • Gross Area: 1071 sqm (without covered space under the cloak)
  • Terrace area: 1510 m2 + roof terrace 249m2 + look out terrace 58 m2
  • Design and completion: 2011 – 2016
  • Construction: 2015- 2016

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Pauhu – open stage and pavilion in Tampere, Finland by Tampere Architecture

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

Article source: Tampere Architecture

Tampere Architecture Week is an annual event about architecture and urban planning, intended to add interest and discussion about the built environment. The theme in 2015 – interaction – aimed to increase the possibilities for interaction between citizens themselves and between architects and citizens. Functioning as an open stage for free expression and performance, Pauhu pavilion aims to highlight interaction as one of the most crucial subjects in our ever more privatised and secluded cities. The name “Pauhu” refers to the distant roar generated by the Tampere rapids, by the city around the pavilion, as well as by the artists and presenters the pavilion is hosting.  Pauhu was realized as a voluntary project as a part of Tampere Architecture Week bringing together architecture and design students and professionals in addition to number of different sponsors. The interlace of public, private and communal interests was essential and absolutely crucial in making Pauhu possible.

Image Courtesy © Simo Ulvi

Image Courtesy © Simo Ulvi

  • Architects: Tampere Architecture
  • Project: Pauhu – open stage and pavilion
  • Location: Tampere, Finland
  • Photography: Simo Ulvi and Toni+Österlund
  • ClientTampere Architecture Week
  • Project coordinator: Henri Käpynen
  • Architectural design: Toni Österlund (Geometria), Lisa Voigtländer
  • Tampere Architecture Week: Jon Thureson, Tuomo Joensuu, Saana Karala, Henri Käpynen
  • Lighting Design: Heini Ylijoki (Granlund)
  • Construction Specialist: Harri Seelbach (Teeri-Kolmio)
  • Electrics: Antti Pesonen (Kauppahuone Harju)
  • Year completed: 2015
  • Software used: Rhino

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Kuopio City Theatre in Finland by ALA Architects Ltd

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Article source: ALA Architects Ltd

ALA Architects has now completed the renovation and expansion of the modernist Kuopio City Theatre designed in the 1960s by architects Helmer Stenros and Risto-VeikkoLuukkonen.

Image Courtesy © Tuomas Uusheimo

Image Courtesy © Tuomas Uusheimo

  • Architects: ALA Architects Ltd
  • Project: Kuopio City Theatre
  • Location: Kuopio, Finland
  • Photography: Tuomas Uusheimo
  • Architect: ALA Architects Ltd.: Partners Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, JanneTeräsvirta and Samuli Woolston with HeikkiRiitahuhta, Toni Laurila, Pekka Sivula, Harri Ahokas, Petra Grisova, Vladimir Ilic, AuvoLindroos and JyriTartia
  • Collaborators: Insinööritoimisto Tanskanen (structural engineering), Granlund Kuopio (HVAC), Insinööritoimisto Tauno Nissinen (electrical engineering), City of Kuopio Survey Division (geo planning), Blue Node (theater technics), NCC Construction (construction)
  • Client: City of Kuopio
  • Type: Commission, 2010
  • Program: Renovation of the 1960’s theater 8,025 m2, expansion including a new studio stage 3,467 m2
  • Status: Building handed in in June 2014, theater re-opened in September 2014
  • Software used: AutoCAD Architecture and Rhinoceros 3D

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NEW LAPPEENRANTA CITY THEATRE in Finland by ALA Architects

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Article source: ALA Architects 

The concept for the Lappeenranta City Theatre is exceptional: the theater has been built on the top floor of a shopping center. The idea, however, is ancient as this is theater coming back to its roots, back to the marketplace, back to the people. Millions of people visiting the shopping center annually will be able to enjoy a variety of plays, while the restaurants cater for intermissions and the hotel offers accommodation.

large theater hall, Image Courtesy © Tuomas Uusheimo

large theater hall, Image Courtesy © Tuomas Uusheimo

  • Architects: ALA Architects
  • Project: NEW LAPPEENRANTA CITY THEATRE
  • Location: LAPPEENRANTA, Finland
  • Photography: Tuomas Uusheimo
  • Software used: AutoCAD Architecture, Tekla Bimsight, Rhinoceros 3D
  • Project Team: ALA Partners Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta and Samuli Woolston with Harri Ahokas, Auvo Lindroos, Tiina Juuti, Marlene Oberli-Räihä, Julius Kekoni, Pekka Sivula, Niklas Mahlberg, Tonny Jensen, Mikko Kilpeläinen, Martin Allen, Vladimir Ilic, Anders Jönsson, Sari Vesanen, Santtu Hyvärinen and Mirja Sillanpää
    Collaborators: Sweco PM (project management, implementation phase), ISS Proko (project management, sketch phase), Finnmap Consulting (structural design), L2 Fire Safety (fire safety), Insinööri Studio (HVAC), Pöyry Finland (electrical engineering), Akukon (acoustical engineering), Kokos (AV design), Akumek (stage mechanics), Cederqvist & Jäntti Architects (architect, shopping center) and Evälahti (contractor)
  • Client: City of Lappeenranta
  • Suppliers: Abloy (iron monger), Ecophon (acoustic materials), Elam (veneer walls), Jaatimet (stage scenery doors), Jakob (wire balustrade), Rica Auditoria (auditorium seating, acoustic wall installations), Rockfon (acoustic materials), SKS Mechatronics (stage mechanics), Sunotek (stage mechanics), Stöbich (fireproof stage curtain), Weber (foyer floor), Ypäjän metalli (catwalk bridges)
  • Program: 2 stages, rehearsal hall, foyer and back spaces, 5,300 m2 total
  • Status: Built, the opening night on the small stage was on November 21, 2015, the official opening reception will be held on
  • January: 15-16, 2016

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Community Centre Kastelli in Oulu, Finland by Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamaki

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Article source: Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamaki 

Kastelli Community Centre is a place for learning, education, sports and culture.

The many users of the Centre include the comprehensive school, upper secondary school for youth and adults and a library. There are also facilities for the adult education and a youth centre. Variety of sport halls of different sizes serve athletic clubs after school days. The largest sports hall with 800 seats is used also for floor ball, basketball and volleyball games in the national league level.

Image Courtesy ©  KUVIO

Image Courtesy © KUVIO

  • Architects: Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamaki, Ilmari Lahdelma (Author)
  • Project: Community Centre Kastelli
  • Location: Oulu, Finland
  • Photography: Pekka Agarth, KUVIO
  • Author: Ilmari Lahdelma
  • Designers / competition phase: Authors: Arkkitehtitoimisto Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Oy / Ilmari Lahdelma, Rainer Mahlamäki, Working Group: Petri Saarelainen (architect SAFA), Sampsa Palva (architect SAFA), Teemu Seppälä (architect SAFA), Miguel Silva (architect SAFA), Leila Hyttinen (building draughtsman), Helsingin opetusvirasto / Kaisu Kärkkäinen (pedagogic expert), Insinööritoimisto Magnus Malmberg Oy / Eero Pekkarinen (DI, structural design), Masu Planning / Malin Blomqvist (Landscape architect)
  • Project Architect: Petri Saarelainen, Maria Jokela, Mikko Jakonen, Juho Vuolteenaho, Sampsa Palva, Leila Hyttinen, Alli Bur, Valter Rutanen, Anis Souissi, Teemu Pirinen, Taina Silmujärvi
  • Interior designer: Arkkitehtitoimisto Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Oy, Mirja Sillanpää, interior architect, SIO
  • Landscape architecture: VSU Maisema-arkkitehdit Oy, Outi Palosaari, Landscape Architect MARK, Tommi Heinonen, Landscape Architect MARK (more…)

“Merenkulkijanranta, housing in East Lauttasaari” in Helsinki, Finland by Architects NRT Ltd

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Article source: Architects NRT Ltd

The design of the area is based on an invited architectural competition held in 2002. Construction of the area began in 2007 and its first stage completed in autumn 2008.

Image Courtesy © Antti Luutonen

Image Courtesy © Antti Luutonen

  • Architects: Architects NRT Ltd
  • Project: Merenkulkijanranta, housing in East Lauttasaari
  • Location: Purjeentekijänkuja 1-13, 00210 HELSINKI, Finland
  • Photography: Antti Luutonen
  • Software used: Archicad, Microstation, 3d Studio Max
  • Architect Team: Jyrki Tasa , Pirjo Soininen , Eeva-Liisa Elo-Lehtinen , Sami Vikström
  • Other team members: Teemu Tuomi, arkkitehti SAFA , Selina Anttinen, arkkitehti SAFA , Jussi Kalliopuska, arkkitehti SAFA
  • Competition team: Jyrki Tasa, arkkitehti SAFA , Jussi Kalliopuska, arkkitehti SAFA , Pirjo Soininen, arkkitehti SAFA , Teemu Tuomi, arkkitehti SAFA , Vesa Oiva, arkkitehti SAFA
  • Client: YIT Rakennus Oy
  • Collaborators:
    • Structural design: tAri Laitinen, Insinööritoimisto Ylimäki&Tinkanen, Ossi Rintala, FCG Oy
    • HVAC: Juha Huhtala Lvi-suunnittelu J.Huhtala, Kimmo Linturi, Tubular Oy
  • Landscaping: Petri Eurasto, Geo-Juva Oy (more…)

HOUSE ULVE in Seinäjoki, Finland by OOPEAA

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Article source: OOPEAA

House Ulve is a private house in the old rural district of Seinäjoki, Finland. It is designed to supplement the small scale housing area from the 1950s. The design task was to plan a relatively large house for this area.

Image Courtesy © Jussi Tiainen

Image Courtesy © Jussi Tiainen

  • Architects: OOPEAA | OFFICE FOR PERIPHERAL ARCHITECTURE
  • Project: HOUSE ULVE
  • Location: Seinäjoki, Finland
  • Photography: Jussi Tiainen
  • Client / user: Private
  • Commission: direct commission
  • Year 1999 (competition): 2004 (completion)
  • Architect in charge: Anssi Lassila
  • Project architect: Teemu Hirvilammi
  • Assistant: Juha Pakkala
  • Size: 310 m2

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