Aalto University Väre Building shortlisted for WAF Awards

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The Aalto University Väre building was chosen as a finalist in the World Architecture Festival Awards 2019.

Väre competes in the Higher Education & Research category. The winners will be selected during the festival in December. More information at www.worldarchitecturefestival.com.

The refurbished lobby of the Helsinki City Hall opened

The refurbishment of the Helsinki City Hall lobby by Verstas Architects and KOKO3

Photo: the City of Helsinki

Verstas Architects and the design bureau KOKO3 created a concept for a cozy activity hub in the centre of the city that enables events, seminars, workshops and press conferences. The lobby is a space for both citizens, organizations, civil servants and city politicians.

The refurbishment of the Helsinki City Hall lobby by Verstas Architects and KOKO3

Photo: Kimmo Virtanen

The refurbishment highlights the architecture of the city hall as well as the visual identity of the City of Helsinki. Carl Ludvig Engel designed the original empire style building in 1833 and in the 1960s Aarno Ruusuvuori renewed it.

The lobby has been extended to receive more natural light. Mirror-clad furniture enhances the effect.

The refurbishment of the Helsinki City Hall lobby by Verstas Architects and KOKO3

Photo: the City of Helsinki

The refurbished hall opened on the April 16th. It demonstrates the ambition of the city to foster a new kind of institutional culture and showcases the spearhead projects of the city.

Verstas Architects, KOKO3 and the mayor of Helsinki pose in the lobby of the Helsinki City Hall

Photo: the City of Helsinki

Verstas wins a culture centre competition in Tapiola!

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The City of Espoo will have a significantly extended culture hub in Tapiola.

 The City of Espoo organized a competition for the culture centre, square and their surroundings in Tapiola, a garden city world-renowned for its modernist architecture and city planning. The proposal “Uusikuu” by Verstas Architects and the collaborators Arkkitehdit Mustonen Oy and Loci maisema-arkkitehdit Oy was chosen the winner.

The design envisions a renewed public space – Kulttuuriaukio – a culture square, that will better integrate the current culture centre to the centre of the garden city. The original building, designed in the 80’s by Arto Sipinen, will grow substantially into a more versatile hub of culture spaces, including a new large, well-equipped performance hall and the expanding Tapiola library. The foyer of the new performance hall opens to Kulttuuriaukio bringing its events to the public realm.

Press release from the City of Espoo (in Finnish)

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Aalto University School of Business opens

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The Aalto University School of Business opens today, on February the 25th. The whole new Verstas-designed campus block in Otaniemi is in use. We are looking forward to what emerges from the School of Art, Design Architecture and the School of Business programmes being in one building!

The official inauguration is later in spring.

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HURRAA award for the new Aalto University campus block

Facade of the Aalto University Väre Building for The School of Art, Design and Architecture, designed by Verstas Architects. Alvar Aalto's iconic main building in the background.

Photograph by Andreas Meichsner.

The city of Espoo awarded the Aalto University campus block designed by Verstas Architects. The campus block consists of the Väre Building for the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the new main building for the School of Business and the shopping centre A Bloc. The jury valued the modern, yet timeless architecture and the dialogue between the new and earlier campus architecture and the public space formed between them.

HURRAA award is an acknowledgement of the City of Espoo to a contemporary project in the built environment distinguished by high-class execution.

Press release (in Finnish)

 

Lapland Central Hospital receives construction decision

Exterior and the entrance visualization of the Lapland Central Hospital designed by Verstas Architects

The first phase of Lapland central hospital extension “ITU” receives construction decision from the Council of Lapland Hospital District.

Interior visualization of the lobby in the emergency department with wooden surfaces in the Lapland Central Hospital designed by Verstas Architects

The new 32500 sqm premises include several new special healthcare units, e.g. emergency department, surgery, ICU and psychiatry. Architecture supports the healing processes by paying special attention to patient comfort.

Atrium visualization of the Lapland Central Hospital designed by Verstas Architects

The construction of the first phase is due to be completed in 2023 and will transform Lapland central hospital into an integrated campus of patient-centered healthcare.

Exterior visualization of the Lapland Central Hospital designed by Verstas Architects

 

Aalto University School of Business nears completion

The Aalto University School Business designed by Verstas Architects is under construction

The Aalto University School Business designed by Verstas Architects is under construction.

The vision of the Aalto University is to bring together technology, design and business. The realization of this vision will take an important step forward as the School of Business moves to the Otaniemi campus next year.  The School of Business will be a part of the same building complex with the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, with the two schools also sharing facilities and having common courses.

The whole complex is designed according to the same principles, but the characters of the two schools are different. Here is a sneak peak of the lobby, in which final interior works are on-going. The premises will by completed this year and the School moves in the beginning of 2019. The official opening will be in April.

Väre nominated for the EU Mies Award 2019

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Verstas is proud to have the Aalto University Väre building nominated for the EU Mies Award 2019.

The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award is granted every two years to acknowledge and reward quality architectural production in Europe.

Väre is open

Väre, the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is open! The new building was opened with a housewarming party on Tuesday and the first academic year in it starts today.

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Dean Anna Valtonen opening the housewarming party for Väre.