The new building for the City’s urban environment departments takes a new approach to how Helsinki’s city planners, housing specialists and environmental designers tackle issues within the Finnish capital, replacing traditional work spaces with an activity-based work environment. The 41,000m2 new building will has its ground floor almost entirely open to the public, with customer service points, exhibition spaces and a restaurant. The rest of the building is offices and activity-based work spaces.
Meilahti Hospital Area, New Entrance Lobby, Helsinki, Finland
Year of Completion 2010
Extent Gross area 2 300 m², Volume 6 900 m³
Aiki, Embassy of Finland in Tokyo, Japan
Aiki, is Lahdelma & Mahlamäki’s winning proposal for the Embassy Quarter of Finland in Tokyo. The scheme, designed in 2009, includes a comprehensive design of the main embassy and an overview of the adjacent residential units.
Evira, Finnish Food Safety Authority, Helsinki, Finland
The building is based on the winning entry in an invited architectural competition in 2003. The functions in the Evira building have to do with the food safety. The responsibilities of the organisation range from research on dangerous, environmentally hazardous animal and plant diseases to analysis of foodstuffs produced and sold in Finland. The building is technically really demanding. The building materials used are glass and exposed cast-in-situ concrete. The goal was to create a dialogue between light and massive building elements.
Tapiola Church Yard, Urn Cemetery, Espoo, Finland
In 1997 the entry 'Ajan jakso' ('a period of time') won the first in a domestic invited competition for the urn cemetery of the Tapiola Church Yard in Espoo. Although the idea of a cemetery solely for urns is a novel concept in Finland, the basic idea of the plan was to respect the Finnish traditions of burial.
Lohja Main Library, Lohja, Finland
The library building is a part of the 'cultural campus' in the centre of Lohja. Its architecture directs the flow of pedestrian traffic towards the cultural complex and into the library. Its principal material, red brick, integrates the building into the existing civic architecture; in the interior, the red brick walls delineate the open spatial composition as one entity and guide the eyes towards its primary aspects, the town centre and the church. The library is literally built for its location. The building has an in-situ, post-tensioned concrete frame and red brick walls.
Iiris, Office Building and Service Centre for the Visually Impaired, Helsinki, Finland
The building for the visually impaired is a national centre with international importance. It is located in a busy entrance road to Helsinki, next to the shopping centre Itäkeskus in eastern Helsinki. The buiding, finished in early 2004, contains diverse healthcare, rehabilitation and library services as well as office spaces. The design of the building is based on a winning entry in an architectural competition held in the year 2000.
Rauma Main Library, Rauma, Finland
The Main Library of Rauma has a significant role to play in the townscape. It acts as a unifying element in the field of space formed by buildings of different age and a park. The low-built library, with its timber facades, makes a reference to the delineation of urban spaces in Old Rauma, the town´s historic centre, and the element of surprise contained therein.
Vaasa City Library, Vaasa, Finland
Vaasa City Library is built around the old Province Archive. The new part encloses the old part. The proportions between the old and the new have been carefully considered. The book halls are located in the extension part opening into the park. The small multipurpose hall for congress and concert use is located in the copper-plated sculpture-like side extension.