2016

Selections from 2016
Harjannetie 44 Affordable Housing
Hannunkari & Mäkipaja Architects
Commanding a dramatic location on a rocky ridge overlooking the Vantaa river valley is Harjannetie 44, which rises like a gateway to the Viikinmäki district. The building offers an example of rental ...
Gross Area: 9122m2
Kastelli School and Community Centre
Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects
Kastelli School occupies an expansive, flat plot separate from the urban fabric between parklands and a hospital. The layout is designed around four interconnected ‘dice’. The architects’ goal w ...
Gross Area: 24632m2
Kipparintalo  - Cohousing for the disabled young
Vilhelm Helander, Juha Leiviskä, Architects
Kipparintalo (Skipper’s House) is a communal block of small flats serving as a first home for young residents with learning disabilities. There is a shared kitchen, living room and staff facilities ...
Gross Area: 1195m2
Kouk Khleang Youth Center
Komitu Architects - working group Aaltonen Hovila Kassi Koivisto Suomi Virkkala
Over the past few years Finnish architects have become involved in export projects inspired by local materials and traditional building methods in foreign cultures. Such projects typically highlight s ...
Gross Area: 258m2
Malta Collective Owner-Builder Housing
ARK-House Architects
Malta is a co-housing project commissioned by its residents. The architect has done a fine job at reconciling the various needs of the residents, their ambitious philosophy of shared living, and a str ...
Gross Area: 6900m2
OP Headquarters
JKMM Architects
The new OP headquarters form part of a campus of office buildings alongside the small wooden quarter of Vallila. The striking architecture makes an immediate impact on motorists passing at high speed ...
Gross Area: 128200m2
Opinmäki School and Learning Centre
Esa Ruskeepää Architects
Opinmäki School is a large community centre in the Suurpelto district of Espoo offering a bold interpretation of spatial clarity. The stripped concrete and wood surfaces draw attention to the space a ...
Gross Area: 16800m2
Puukuokka Housing Block
OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture
An iconic sample of the new things that can be done with wood, Puukuokka ranks among the most interesting achievements in Finnish architecture of the past few years. Ingeniously integrating prefab CLT ...
Gross Area: 5334m2
Renovation and Extension of Kuopio City Theatre
ALA Architects
Located on the edge of the town centre, the original theatre building is a clean rectangular volume with the stage tower rising above it as a landmark. The bold new extension unfolds behind the old bu ...
Gross Area: 11492m2
Renovation of Meilahti Tower Hospital
SARC Architects and Architect Group Reino Koivula
Built in 1965, Meilahti Tower Hospital is a heritage site and iconic landmark. It is the first high-rise tower hospital and one of the first curtain wall structures in Finland. The wards were fully mo ...
Gross Area: 35620m2
Renovation of the Aalto University Undergraduate Centre
Architects NRT
The former main building of the Helsinki University of Technology took on a new role when three universities were merged as Aalto University. Renovating such a prestigious landmark was a challenge. Th ...
Gross Area: 40975m2
Renovation of the Presidential Palace
LPR Architects
The Presidential Palace in Helsinki’s Empire centre was built in 1820 to serve as a merchant residence. In the mid-19th century the Russian Tsar assigned C.L. Engel to rebuild the residence as his I ...
Gross Area: 6672m2
Restoration of Viipuri Library
The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library
Viipuri Library is Alvar Aalto’s early masterpiece from the 1930s. It was partly damaged during the Second World War and suffered neglect during the Soviet era. The project to restore the original f ...
Gross Area: 3500m2
Serlachius Museum Gösta’s Pavilion
MX_SI architectural studio & Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects
‘Gösta’s Pavilion’ is a new museum annex commissioned by the Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation. The pavilion provides a foil to the monumental 1930s brick manor occupying the site. The use of woo ...
Gross Area: 5700m2
Tipotie Health Centre
SIGGE Architects
Located in the Tampere district of Pispala, this project exemplifies a new emphasis on appealing, adaptable design in the architecture of health care facilities. Like its neighbours, the large buildin ...