World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 Pavilion / Aalto University Wood Studio

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Together with the surrounding Design Museum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Pavilion is the heart of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. An open and easy to approach building designed by Aalto University Wood Studio students and specialists, their design enables the organization and integration of many types of functions and events through its physical shape and function. The pavilion, which will be open until September 16, offers free of charge program and recreation for everyone during the 105 days it will be open. More images and project description after the break.

The sunny building will let the visitor enjoy the best parts of summer, the triangle-shaped grate roofing will provide the Pavilion with a playful light which sweeps over the terrace as the day passes. The Pavilion will gather visitors together to enjoy the refreshments and arts, situations and people, get to know and bump into what’s new. The Pavilion consists of a roofed terrace and two triangle shaped premises. The smaller triangle has a kitchen and outdoor café counter. The larger triangle hosts a programme space, which can be expanded to the terrace. The cafeteria kitchen and serving facility, as well as the program space can be closed, and are semi-warm indoor facilities.

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The wooden pavilion represents architecture of a new era and top know-how of Finnish wood construction. The Pavilion is implemented jointly by Aalto University, Museum of Finnish Architecture, Design Museum, UPM, and World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. The program has been coordinated by the think tank Demos Helsinki. The program will be complemented by the versatile exhibition offering of the Design Museum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture, which will offer an overview of Finnish design and the city built by the water.

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A café serving locally grown summer food will also operate in the Pavilion, as well as a reading corner inviting visitors to browse topical publications and treasures of the archives. A push cart shop will offer WDC Helsinki 2012 products for gifts, souvenirs, or presents. The basic program of the Pavilion is based on a weekly timetable: on Tuesdays and Thursdays we will act and actualize, on Wednesdays listen and discuss, on Fridays we will relax after work in Pavilion Fridays, and at weekends we will relax. In day time the offering is complemented by a lunch program, and on Sundays we will enjoy movie nights. There will also be a special program built around different themes.

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Design: Aalto University Wood Studio students: Pyry-Pekka Kantonen & Markus Heinonen, Marko Hämäläinen, Janne Kivelä, Wilhelmiina Kosonen, Inka Saini Location: Lot between the Design Museum and Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki, Finland Tutors: Professor Pekka Heikkinen, engineer Hannu Hirsi, architect Risto Huttunen, designer Mikko Paakkanen, architect Karola Sahi Project Manager: Ransu Helenius Wood and Composite Materials: UPM Strong, UPM WISA Twin, UPM WISA Birch, UPM Lamwood, UPM ProFi Constructor: World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 Premises and Services: Program triangle, services Reading, corner, Cafe, Push cart shop, WC, Wi-Fi Size: Area of the covered facilities 470 m2 Components and Contracting: Stara Roof Material: VINK Finland Paints: Tikkurila, Amcom Finland Programming: Demos Helsinki Tableware: Iittala Terrace Benches: Architect Philip Tidwell, Aalto University Furniture: Martela, Trash Design Sound and Light: Eastway Sound & Lightning Environmental Managing: Lassila & Tikanoja Graphic Design: Kokoro & Moi

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Cite: Alison Furuto. "World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 Pavilion / Aalto University Wood Studio" 25 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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