Hipsterkasbah (Otaniemi Campus, Aalto University) / ALA Architects

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ALA Architect‘s submission for Aalto University‘s Campus2015 international design competition proposed a “conglomerate of buildings to form an incubator of activity.” Their aim was to “connect existing structures and projects to create a new areal hotspot, an urban concentration with vivid street life” in order to nurture an “open display of creativity.”

“The Hug” / MenoMenoPiu Architects & Paolo Venturella

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MenoMenoPiu Architects & Paolo Venturella just released their entry for the Alvar Aalto University Otaniemi Campus Competition in Helsinki. Their proposal focuses on the creation of an energy-efficient learning environment that rethinks the traditional courtyard typology. It uses different levels and heights to create a variety of public and private spaces open to both students and inhabitants of the city, all while framing the main building.

The architects’ description after the break. 

Verstas Architects Selected for New Core of Aalto University in Finland

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Helsinki-based Verstas Architects have recently been announced as the winners of a competition to design a new central campus for the Aalto University in EspooFinland. The new core of the university will sit alongside the campus’s original Main Building and Library designed by Alvar Aalto.

Arctia Headquarters / K2S Architects

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Architects: K2S Architects
Location: Katajanokka ,
Architect In Charge: Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola & Mikko Summanen
Construction Designer: Eero Kotkas
Area: 950.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Mika Huisman, Marko Huttunen

House of Children in Saunalahti / JKMM Architects

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Architects: JKMM Architects
Location: Espoo,
Project Team: Katja Savolainen, Christopher Delaney, Päivi Meuronen, Edit Bajsz, Aaro Martikainen, Ilona Palmunen, Merita Soini
Area: 1,750 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Mika Huisman

AD Architecture School Guide: Tampere University of Technology

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is consistently ranked by several different organizations, amongst them the UN, as the top in student’s education, well-being and even overall human development rankings. These factors make pursuing higher education in equally appealing. Why? Because in a country that is highly ranked for human development indices like life expectancy, and GDP per capita, and world happiness, the standard of living is most likely to be good for students as well. This is an important consideration for architecture students who often experience enormous stress within the studio culture which dominates most curriculums.

At Tampere University of Technology, not only can students benefit from a high standard of living, but they can also pursue a degree, conducted entirely in English, at all three degree levels: Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral. Within those degree levels, the major areas span the range of practice-oriented architecture curriculums to those focused on theory and research. Focuses include Architecture, Architectural Construction, Architectural Design, Architectural and Urban Research, History of Architecture, Housing Design, Urban Planning and Design and Theory of Urban Planning and Design.

Saunalahti School / VERSTAS Architects

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Architects: VERSTAS Architects
Location: Espoo,
Design Team: Väinö Nikkilä, Jussi Palva, Riina Palva, Ilkka Salminen
Area: 10,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Andreas Meichsner

Helsinki Central Library Winning Proposal / ALA Architects

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ALA Architects have just won the design competition for the new Central Library with their entry “Käännös”. Located in the heart of , the 16,000 square meter library building will consist almost entirely of public spaces and will offer a wide selection of services. It will serve as the new central point for the city’s impressive public library network and is slated to open in 2018. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Light Houses. Young Nordic Architecture Exhibition

Boathouse by TYIN tegnestue / © Pasi Aalto

The Museum of Finnish Architecture’s summer exhibition, ‘Light Houses.Young Nordic Architecture‘ is a two-part showing of contemporary work by young Nordic architects taking place now until September 22. Thirty-two architects from , Sweden and Norway – all born after 1962, the year the pavilion was designed – were invited to design a sculptural piece that both complements the modernist vocabulary of Fehn’s pavilion and encapsulates their office’s philosophy of architecture in a 3D form of pre-specified dimensions. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Atelier Heikkilä / Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen

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Architects: Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen
Location: Korpilahti,
Architect In Charge: Architects Rudanko, Kankkunen
Area: 220 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Maija Holma

Hämeenkyrö Environmental School Competition Entry / Hyperbuildings

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Located in a rural setting in central Finland, a few kilometers north of the city of , the proposal for the Hämeenkyrö Environmental School by Hyperbuildings aims to be a reflection of the school’s nationally acclaimed environmental curriculum. The addition is an L-shaped volume that forms a new central courtyard with the existing 1903  building where the school is currently housed. This approach seeks to maximize opportunities for having natural and agricultural landscapes on the site. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Apelle / Marco Casagrande

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Architects: Marco Casagrande
Location: Karjaa,
C Lab Team: Nikita Wu, Jan Luksic, Shreya Nagrath, Arijit Sen
Area: 140 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Marco Casagrande

‘Resilient Mikkeli’ Third Prize Winning Proposal / Mandaworks + Hosper Sweden

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Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden were just awarded this past week with the third prize in the open international architectural competition in , . From 107 proposals submitted last October, Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden were one of five teams selected to continue work in the second stage. is a medium-sized municipality with 80,000 inhabitants, most of whom live in the urban area . Their challenge was to find a model for how can densify around and best utilize the lakefront in an ecologically sensitive & holistically sustainable way. More images and architects’ description after the break.

City Library in Seinäjoki / JKMM Architects

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Architects: JKMM Architects
Location: ,
Main Designer: Asmo Jaaksi – Architect SAFA
Design Team: Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen, Juha Mäki-Jyllilä, Aaro Martikainen (project architect), Teemu Toivio (project architect) – Architects SAFA, Harri Lindberg – Arch. Student, Päivi Meuronen (interior design) – Interior Architect SIO
Area: 4,430 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo, Mika Huisman, Hanu Vallas

Rainbow Housing Project / ARK-house Architects

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Architects: ARK-house Architects
Location: Helsinki,
Design Team: Pentti Kareoja, Harri Ahonen, Heljä Herranen
Client: NCC
Area: 5,800 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tiia Ettala

Aurinkokivi School Awarded Proposal / Rudanko+Kankkunen

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The design proposal for the Aurinkokivi School competition in Vantaa, by Rudanko + Kankkunen was recently awarded a purchase prize for its inspiring architecture and child-friendly spaces. The concept is simple yet fresh: traditional gabled building wings meet and form a surprising composition at the heart of the building. The building is mostly on one level and can be realized with repeating construction elements. It is designed to be inexpensive to build, yet highly fresh and inviting. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Villa Valtanen / Arkkitehtitoimisto Louekari

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Architects: Arkkitehtitoimisto Louekari
Location: , Lappland,
Area: 55.5 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Lauri Louekari, Kaisa Siren

Helsinki Central Library Competition Entry / AND-RÉ

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The ‘Sophia Library’ concept proposal for the Central Library Competition represents the consolidation of cultural identity, democratic notion and humanistic concepts into a building. It is a clear and true space, giving place for important visions to come together. Designed by AND-RÉ, the project is not just a library, but a real space, a mental place that projects itself beyond its frontiers and limits, becoming an iconographic element of the society, its culture and humanity vision. More images and architects’ description after the break.