Think Corner Helsinki University / JKMM Architects

Think Corner Helsinki University / JKMM Architects
© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

© Mika Huisman© Tuomas Uusheimo© Tuomas Uusheimo© Mika Huisman+ 19

  • Architects: JKMM Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  13000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Photographs Photographs:  Tuomas Uusheimo, Mika Huisman
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Lintex, Merianto, Panasonic, Baumannn, Cacoon CACOON, Carl Anderson S ö er FRONT, Desks Planex, G ö essons SCREENIT, Hay MAGS, Kitman Thulema, Kvadrat, Martela JAMES, Nikari KVT2kiasm, Pedrali ENJOY, Selki-Asema, Vivero DOREMI, Vivero KIVI
  • Principal Architects:Teemu Toivio, Asmo Jaaksi, Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen, Juha Mäki-Jyllilä
  • Architects:Reetta Aarnio, Christopher Delany, Kirsti Larja, Rami Lehtimäki, Johanna Mustonen
  • Client:Helsinki University
  • Structure Engineer:Sweco Rakennetekniikka Oy
  • Hvac Design:Insin ööritoimisto Leo Maaskola Oy
  • Electrical Design:Granlund Oy
  • Property Development Consultant:SRV Rakennus Oy
  • City:Helsinki
  • Country:Finland
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© Mika Huisman
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Text description provided by the architects. JKMM have just completed their Think Corner building for the University of Helsinki. The practice won the design competition in 2015 and have since then worked with the University to give fruition to a new space that will make academic life and research more accessible to all Helsinki residents as well as visitors to the capital.

© Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman

The new building is positioned on a prominent corner site opposite the main University building designed by Carl Ludvig Engel in 1832 on one side and on the other it faces Aarne Ervi’s celebrated Porthania building from 1957 that also forms part of the Helsinki University central city campus.

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The Think Corner’s timber clad stepped entrances are like outdoor rooms inviting the public in but also creating a generous urban realm that helps mediate between the existing two historic university buildings. The rest of the building is clad in plaster and Finnish granite from Viitasaari giving it the gravitas befitting of the neighbouring neo-classical architectural Engel designed ensemble at Senate Square.

© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

“We wanted the building to add a contemporary layer of architecture between the well-known university buildings. It creates a campus like feel yet has a distinct and unique identity that is about being in the city”, the project architect Teemu Toivio explains.

© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

Inside a double story atrium opens the building creating a generous space that feels public. The second floor has further accommodation for the Think Corner including hot desking facilities and events space. The third, fourth and fifth floors are dedicated to offices. On the sixth floor at the very top there is a wrap-around balcony with views over central Helsinki.

© Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman

Asmo Jaaksi at JKMM says, “We are very interested in design can be used to make an open and fair society. The Think Corner project is about doing just this by introducing new opportunities to people.“

© Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman

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Address:Helsinki, Finland

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Cite: "Think Corner Helsinki University / JKMM Architects" 26 May 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/940159/think-corner-helsinki-university-jkmm-architects> ISSN 0719-8884
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