Type

International competition 1st prize 2010

Location

Helsinki, Finland

Status

Postponed

Scale

12 850 smq

Client

Senate Properties

Public

Finnish Environment Institute

Finnish Environment Institute’s office and laboratory building creates a new addition to the area’s urban structure and townscape that tells about its users and reflects environmental values.

The timber construction’s facilities are grouped in narrow structural frames encircling covered, semi-heated interior courtyards that significantly decrease the surface area of the exterior skin and improve energy efficiency.

The structure provides excellent natural lighting conditions for workspaces. The building has the lowest energy consumption, as well as the lowest carbon dioxide emissions over a 30-year period based on energy use and its main building materials.