Kirkkojärvi School

Good architecture for good learning results.
Finnish education system has been ranked very high in international comparison (Programme for International Student Assessment, PISA). One of the reasons for Finland’s success is high quality school buildings.
Kirkkojärvi school, designed for 770 pupils aged between 6-16 years, is located between the 70s housing development of Kirkkojärvi and the Espoonjokilaakso park.
The school works like a small, lively city.
The central square and the meeting place of the building is the dining hall overlooking the park.
The classrooms have their own home areas with dedicated, more private lobbies and entrances separated, yet within a close distance from the central space.
Special classrooms, workshops and the gymnastics hall common to all pupils are located on the ground floor with views to the park.
The facades utilize the versatile possibilities of masonry by mixing several brick-laying and bonding techniques.*
The wooden facades by the schoolyards create a small, accessible scale. The interaction of home areas and school yards urges the students to play outside.
The yards connected to the primary school are oriented towards the morning sun. The secondary school students, whose school days are longer, enjoy the afternoon sun.
Kirkkojärvi school received the International Architecture Award 2011.

Kirkkojärvi School

Share:

    Description:

    Kirkkojärvi school, designed for 770 pupils aged between 6-16 years, is located between the 70s housing development of Kirkkojärvi and the Espoonjokilaakso park. The building adapts to its surroundings by opening itself to the park landscape in the north and by dividing the school yards into smaller divisions, that follow the circuit of the sun. The yards connected to the primary school are oriented towards the morning sun. The secondary school students, whose school days are longer, enjoy the afternoon sun.

    The school works like a small, lively city. In the core of the building is the dining hall overlooking the park. The classrooms have their own home areas with dedicated, more private lobbies and entrances separated, yet within a close distance from the central space. Special classrooms, workshops and the gymnastics hall common to all pupils are located on the ground floor with views to the park.

    The facades utilize the versatile possibilities of masonry by mixing several brick-laying and bonding techniques. The wooden facades by the schoolyards create a small, accessible scale. The interaction of home areas and school yards urges the students to play outside.

    In 2011 Kirkkojärvi school received the International Architecture Award, organized by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

    Status:

    Open competition,
    1st prize 2006.
    Completed 2010.

    Location:

    Kotikyläntie 6, Espoo, Finland

    Program:

    Comprehensive school /
    10 150m2

    Client:

    City of Espoo

    Awards:

    International Architecture Awards 2011 / Colour Award 2011, honorary mention

    Photographs:

    Tuomas Uusheimo, except
    *Rauno Träskelin

    Lamminrahka Education Centre by Verstas Architects

    The Lamminrahka Education Centre will be the landmark building of a new neighbourhood in the Tampere region.

    Lamminrahka Education Centre
    Read
    Office refurbishment by Verstas Architects

    Verstas Architects’ office refurbished to a 1970s storage building by the sea.

    Verstas office
    Read
    Kari Campus education, sports and leisure centre in Rauma by Verstas Architects

    A multipurpose building that creates synergy between sports and schools.

    Kari Campus education, sports and leisure centre
    Read
    Exterior view of the Vuosaari high school by Verstas Architects

    A music high-school built on a compact multi-level site.

    Vuosaari High School
    Read
    Helsinki City Hall lobby refurbishment by Verstas Architects and KOKO3

    Converting the lobby of the Helsinki City Hall into a public work space.

    Helsinki City Hall lobby
    Read
    A lobby and stairs in the Aalto University School of Business designed by Verstas Architects

    New building for the Aalto University School of Business

    Aalto University School of Business
    Read
    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.

    A building for the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in the iconic Otaniemi campus.

    Aalto University Väre Building
    Read

    Multi-purpose education centre in Turku.

    Syvälahti Education Centre
    Read
    Jätkäsaari School competition proposal by Verstas Architects

    Bilingual comprehensive school in Helsinki.

    Jätkäsaari school competition
    Read
    The lobby of the Saunalahti School designed by Verstas Architects in Espoo FInland

    Multi-purpose school building for 750 pupils in Espoo, Finland.

    Saunalahti School
    Read
    Kirkkojärvi School by Verstas Architects, an aerial photograph

    Comprehensive school for 770 pupils in Espoo, Finland.

    Kirkkojärvi School
    Read

    Private high school campus near Moscow, Russia.

    Moscow Larevo School Campus competition
    Read

    A friendly fortress.

    Aurinkokivi School competition
    Read

    City center campus library of the University of Helsinki.

    University of Helsinki Central Campus Library competition
    Read