Heinola Upper Secondary School
Besides being a place for learning, Heinola upper secondary school is a public building, a place for youth, sports and cultural activities, belonging to all age groups and sections of population, open also in the night-time and on weekends. The building has an open, vast central area that combines all spaces and activities and evokes an image of a campfire (hence the competition entry name “Notski”, a slang word for campfire) around which people gather to live side by side in harmony
Metropolia Myllypuro Campus
The new addition to the Metropolia university in Helsinki is a polytechnic campus which looks to serve 6000 students and 500 staff through a range of teaching, learning and research facilities. The space solutions focus on the effectiveness of the circulation system, re-configurability, the need to deal with the high volume of users, the optimisation of spaces around the building and the use of in-between space as a catalyst for social and educational interaction.
Kastelli School and Community Centre, Oulu, Finland
The Finnish education system is repeatedly highlighted as being world-leading and Kastelli School and Community Centre has frequently been the face for this reputation. The Finnish realise how integration and shared learning is key to a successful education. One of the reasons for Kastelli’s success is how the spaces throughout the centre allow children of all age ranges to congregate in the various open corridors or free-form lounge spaces and lobbies – whether whilst working or socialising.
Joensuu Primary School, Joensuu, Finland
The Joensuu Elementary School has at its core the idea of spatial clarity. In practice this translates through a series of primary elements in the building, which uses the fact that there is no one side of the school as a starting point. Four wings, each which hold the standard educational functions come off of a large central, light-filled atrium. This central space acts as the main social hub for all students, who can come together after their lessons in each of the wings. The space has areas to play and sit on various levels, one such area which hovers one floor up in the middle of the atrium.
ICT Building, Turku, Finland
ICT Building is situated in Turku Science Park Area. It houses the Computer Science Faculties of University of Turku, Turku Polytechnic, Åbo Akademi, TUCS and Kupittaa Upper Secondary School.
Exactum, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
The building is a part of the Helsinki University's Kumpula campus area and a long-term plan in which laboratory, teaching and research facilities of various university departments are concentrated on three campuses outside the city centre. The main concept is to develop functionally and architecturally dense units, which are grouped along a common external space. Kumpul hill is one of the highest spots in the city - the campus has an important role both symbolically and from cityscape point of view.
Jyväskylä Primary School, Jyväskylä, Finland
Jyväskylä lower-level comprehensive school is situated in the prestigious university milieu created by Alvar Aalto, on Jyväskylä’s Seminaarinmäki hill. Its outer form is characterised by the strong bipartite division. The street-side wing forms an integral part of campus’ western silhouette, whereas the glass facades facing the interior of the campus are characterised by reflections of the parkland site and earlier architecture.
Physicum, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
The building is a part of the Helsinki University's Kumpula campus area and a long-term plan in which laboratory, teaching and research facilities of various university departments are concentrated on three campuses outside the city centre. The facilities of the Department of Physical Sciences have been placed in 'Physicum', as well as a library servicing the whole campus.
Soininen Primary School, Helsinki, Finland
Soininen primary school forms a miniature town, an independent part of the scenic whole. The freely winding external wall brings a sense of unity to the building while creating the small-scale environment proper for children.
Festia, Tampere University of Technology, IV Phase, Tampere, Finland
The existing surroundings and the general plan of the campus area complied earlier by architect Toivo Korhonen were taken as the starting point of the design; its central idea was a systematic network structure based on repetition.