Tapiola Cultural Centre

The design envisions a renewed public space Kulttuuriaukio (the culture square) that will better integrate the current Cultural Centre to the the garden city of Tapiola.
The original building, designed in the 80’s by Arto Sipinen, will grow substantially into a more versatile hub of culture spaces.
The vibrant culture cluster of the new Cultural Centre adds a new, forward-looking layer to Tapiola.
The new performance hall allows flexible stage and seating layouts, encouraging diversity of artistic expression.
The foyer of the new performance hall opens to Kulttuuriaukio bringing its events to the public realm.
The opening divides the square into a paved bowl and a green hill. The undulating shapes invite to engage and guide to the main entrance of the Cultural Centre.
The main levels of the Cultural Centre are connected by generous new staircases that bring natural light to the lower level.
The reflecting pool facing side of the Cultural Centre has been amended by subtle interventions: the library extension and new exhibition spaces open the building more to the urban space.
The library spaces on the Culture square level are connected to the spaces in the reflecting pool level via an inviting event staircase.

Tapiola Cultural Centre

Description:

The design envisions a renewed public space Kulttuuriaukio (the culture square) that will better integrate the current Cultural Centre to the the garden city of Tapiola.

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 square bringing its events to the public realm. The opening divides the urban space of the square into a paved bowl and a green hill. The undulating shapes of the square invite to engage and guide to the main entrance of the Cultural Centre.

The design was developed in collaboration with Arkkitehdit Mustonen Oy and Loci Maisema-arkkitehdit Oy.

 

Status

Invited competition 2018,
1st prize

Location

Tapiola, Espoo, Finland

Program

Cultural centre refurbishment and extension (26 000 m²),
housing (16 000 m²) and commercial spaces (7 000 m²)

Client

The City of Espoo

Collaborators

Arkkitehdit Mustonen Oy (Cultural Centre refurbishment)
Loci Maisema-arkkitehdit Oy (Landscape architecture)

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