Architects: Verstas Architects Location: Espoo, Finland Client: City of Espoo Project Year: 2010 Project Area: 10,280 sqm Photographs: Rauno Träskelin, Tuomas Uusheimo Finnish education has been ranked very high in international comparison (Programme for International Student Assessment, PISA) in recent years. One of the reasons for Finland’s success is that municipalities invest in quality school architecture and organize architectural competitions for new projects. Verstas Architects’ entry won the open competition for Kirkkojärvi school in Espoo, Finland in 2006. The school was completed in August 2010. Saunalahti school, another competition winning project by Verstas in Espoo, is set for completion in 2012. For Verstas Architects, the primary goal of these projects has been to create school designs that combine functionality, comfort, efficiency and ecology.
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