OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture
Anssi Lassila is the founder and director of OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture. His architecture combines sculptural form with traditional materials and innovative techniques. For him, peripheral sensitivity is a vital part of the creative process. OOPEAA draws inspiration from ‘in-between’ states – between urban and rural, traditional and contemporary, local and international. His work is about venturing into borderlands and identifying new possibilities where tradition meets the new.
The office works on a wide range of projects on varying scales from churches and daycare centers to housing and town planning as well as extensions to historic landmarks. OOPEAA has won significant awards both in Finland and abroad, including the Finlandia Prize for Architecture in 2015.