Vuosaari High School

Cascading terraces and public stairs bring life to the streetscape on three levels.
The new high school is a significant public building in Vuosaari.
The building adapts to a compact multi-level site.
The building connects to different street levels.
The Vuosaari high school is a central hub for the local community.
The outdoor spaces are designed to accommodate performances.
The shared facilities in the high school serve 900 students and the residents of the area.
Sculptural staircase connecting indoor and outdoor spaces invites to explore the building.
Adaptable and flexible learning spaces with city views.
Warm materials and invigorating colors create cozy atmosphere in the break room.

Vuosaari High School



    This public high school building is located in Vuosaari, a local centre by the sea in Eastern Helsinki. The brick clad school adapts to a compact multi-level site next to a railway connection. Wood framed entrances, cascading roof terraces and ample public stairs bring life to the streetscape on three levels.

    The energy efficiency of the school is nearly equal to a zero-energy building. Green roofs and solar panels are used to improve the ecological footprint of the building.

    Music and art education is emphasized in the curriculum of Vuosaari high school. Therefore, the building has a cluster of rehearsal rooms, studios and stages. The lobbies and outdoor spaces are designed to accommodate performances as well.

    The building complements the developing neighbourhood. In addition to being a high school for 900 students it is also a significant public building that serves the residents of the surrounding area. Different events by local organizations take place in the facilities in the evenings and on the weekends making the Vuosaari high school a central hub for the local community.


    Completed 2021


    Helsinki, Finland


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