Aalto University Väre Building

The new Aalto University building will become the focal point of Aalto Campus, combining university premises to Aalto metro station and commercial services.
Together with the most prominent buildings of Alvar Aalto's Otaniemi campus, the addition defines the new central plaza.
Public areas open towards the plaza. The creative activites in the building add a new, vital layer to Otaniemi campus.
The organizing principle for the new premises is a structural matrix based on two principal coordinates of Alvar Aalto's main building and library.
Clad in sturdy red brick and light printed glass, the building complements Alvar Aalto's original Otaniemi campus.
The varying heights of building volumes create an illusion of a compact cluster of small buildings.
The Aalto ARTS workshops located on the ground floor are visible to both the park and the public lobby.
Moving upwards, the spaces transform from interdisciplinary and lively public areas into more private spaces intended for concentrated work.
Adaptable and flexible learning spaces are arranged around three skylit clusters.

Aalto University Väre Building

Description:

The new Aalto University building Väre is the focal point of Aalto Campus in Otaniemi, originally designed by architect Alvar Aalto for Helsinki University of Technology. Together with the most prominent buildings by Aalto the addition defines a new central square to the very core of the campus and combines university premises to metro station and commercial services. Väre building is used by Aalto ARTS (the School of Arts, Design and Architecture) and is directly connected to the A Bloc shopping centre and the new building for the School of Business.

The organizing principle for the new premises is a structural matrix formed from the two principal coordinates of Alvar Aalto’s main building and library. The varying heights of building volumes create an illusion of a compact cluster of small buildings. Clad in red brick and printed glass, the new building complements Alvar Aalto’s original Otaniemi campus.

Within the building public areas open towards the plaza. Creative activity in the building brings a fresh and vital layer to Otaniemi campus. Users move from the interdisciplinary and lively public areas upwards to more private spaces intended for concentrated work. Learning facilities are nested in two clusters, each arranged around an atrium, producing a wide variety of flexible spatial combinations. The Aalto ARTS workshops are located on ground floor with views to the park. Studios are located directly above, followed by work spaces for students and staff on the upper floors.

Related projects:
Otaniemi central campus
Aalto University School of Business
Otaniemi shopping centre

Status:

Open competition, 1st prize, 2013. Completed 2018.

Program:

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture,
26800m2

Location:

Otaniementie 14, Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland

Client:

ACRE Aalto University Campus & Real Estate

Photographs:

Tuomas Uusheimo

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