Metropolia Myllypuro Campus, Helsinki, Finland
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Programme: Educational and state-of-the-art research facilities, library services and commercial premises
- New campus for the Metropolia University in Helsinki
- Contains highly specialised research and educational facilties
- In-between spaces used as a catalyst for social and educational interaction - across disciplines
- Creates an inspiring and open network of learning
- Will serve 6000 students and 500 staff
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. The aim of the building, in concept, is to create an inspiring and open network of learning. The design bases itself on the Finnish approach to education which realises the importance of shared learning across disciplines through social study spaces; whilst allowing for intense learning of individual practices in isolated environments.
Four primary units are present in the Metropolia campus, separated by spaces which look to create a public social environment. While keeping it sheltered from the harsh Finnish climate, the separation of the units gives an almost urban atmosphere, breaking away from the traditional ‘school’ feeling and promoting informal, out-of-office-hours type interactions. The ground floor is kept primary for shared uses, allowing students and teachers from various disciplines to interact, whether it is through open study space, refreshment facilities or the large auditoriums. Within the core units the programme becomes more specialised, allowing for the focus on individual disciplines and more intense research or learning.
Catering for the high volume of users, underneath the building is a service yard and parking hall. Above this, within the main volumes are a whole host of facilities. Included in this are: Two large auditoriums, a conference centre, restaurant, two sports halls, a therapy pool, clinical laboratory spaces, a simulation centre, clinical health care facilities, vast technical aid workshops, concrete and technical installation laboratories, 1600m2 of library services and Metropolia’s own commercial premises. On top of this, a significant amount of space is dedicated to teacher’s offices, designed according to the activity-based office concept – bringing a more practical and hands-on approach to education which looks to trickle down into the teaching environment.