Jätkäsaari school competition


Verstas’ entry “Sakki” was awarded a shared 2nd prize in the open-two stage competition for Jätkäsaari school in Helsinki. Click here to view the entry.

EY House in ARK 2/2015


ARK – Finnish Architectural Review issue 2/2015 presents EY House with a nice review written by Simo Paavilainen. The issue also features f.eg. Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos.

Difference and repetition – Roundtable on Architecture, Society and Competition

Verstas’ Riina Palva will be participating a roundtable on architecture competitions at the Museum of Finnish Architecture 10.30 AM on Sunday, April 26th.



Verstas wins Rovaniemi Hospital competition

Verstas Architects has won the open architecture competition for the extension of Lapland Central Hospital. The 39 000 m² extension,  including e.g. emergency unit, psychiatric unit, children’s hospital and outpatient clinics, almost doubles the hospital’s current premises.

Verstas’ winning entry provides a flexible framework for the development of the Rovaniemi hospital campus. Functional entity enhances the healing process by paying attention to the patient and coziness of the hospital environment.



Suomi Seven exhibition at MFA 24.3. – 17.5.2015

Exhibition of emerging architects from Finland premiered at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in autumn 2014. The exhibition has now arrived in Helsinki showcasing the projects of seven selected practices at the Museum of Finnish Architecture. Saunalahti School and a preview of Aalto Campus are presented at the exhibition.

Photograph by Tuomas Uusheimo

Photograph by Tuomas Uusheimo

HUS Trauma & Cancer Centre competition

Verstas has been shortlisted in HUS Trauma & Cancer Centre competition as part of consortium LPSV. The competition task comprises 85 000 m2 of new buildings in Meilahti hospital campus in Helsinki. Verstas’ collaborators in the consortium are Arkkitehtitoimisto Lukkaroinen, Arkkitehtitoimisto Paatela & Co and Arkkitehtitoimisto Tuomo Siitonen.

Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari commission

Verstas Architects is collaborating with WSP Finland and Lauri Putkonen on creating the general plan for Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari islands in Helsinki for Metsähallitus.

The precious fortress islands, closely linked to the UNESCO listed Suomenlinna, will be opened to the public in summer 2016, aiming as one of the most attractive nature and recreation sites in Suomenlahti area.


Verstas has a new website

Big thank you to Sam Wichman and Niko Mikkonen / Vilja Helsinki for the logo + website design, Jouko Saastamoinen for building the site and Martta Louekari for production!

Investment decision made on the new Aalto building

Aalto University Properties Ltd’s general meeting has made an investment decision on the New Building in Otaniemi, comprising ca. 34 000 m2 of university and business premises. The building will follow the plan “Väre” by Verstas Architects, the winner of the Campus 2015 open international architectural competition.

The total value of the investment is about 110 million euros, and the objective is for the building to be completed by the beginning of year 2017.

Saunalahti School and Aalto Campus exhibited in Frankfurt

Verstas Architects is among the seven practices selected to the architecture exhibition at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. The two projects by Verstas featured in the exhibition are Saunalahti School and the Aalto Universtity Campus.

Finland is the guest of honour at the 2014 fair. The Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) with the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Architecture Information Centre Finland have produced an architecture exhibition presenting the current developments in Finnish architecture.

The exhibition opens to the public on September 6, 2014 at Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main.

Photograph by Mikko Laak / Architecture Information Centre Finland

Photograph by Mikko Laak / Architecture Information Centre Finland