Kauniainen Town Hall quarters


Verstas was awarded purchase prize in the open architectural competition for new Town Hall quarters in Kauniainen, Finland.

Besides new Town Hall the competition task comprised designing new residential quarters in the centre of Kauniainen.

Aalto University under construction

2016-03-10 Väre under construction

The construction work of Aalto University’s new core campus building as well as commercial premises in the Metro Centre has begun in Otaniemi. Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture will move into the building after it is completed in stages in April-June 2018. The temporary main entrance to Aalto University metro station, due to open in August 2016, is already nearly completed.

Have a look at the construction site through webcam.

Lapland Central Hospital on display at MFA

Cure and Care – Healing spaces then and now at Museum of Finnish Architecture 25.11.2015 – 5.6.2016.


The exhibition co-produced by the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA looks at the evolution of Finnish hospital and health care architecture through architectural competitions arranged from the late 1800s through to the present day. Verstas’ winning scheme “ITU” for Lapland central Hospital competition is featured as one the newest examples of re-creating Finland’s health care architecture.

State Prize for Architecture


We are proud to announce that Verstas has been awarded the Finnish State Prize for Architecture.

The Minister of Education and Culture, Ms. Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, presented the prize to Väinö Nikkilä, Jussi Palva, Riina Palva and Ilkka Salminen today at the Government Banquet Hall Smolna in Helsinki.

 Read more here.

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.