Type

Tendering competition, 1st Prize 2017

Location

Sörnäinen, Helsinki

Status

Design phase

Year

2017-2021

Scale

In total 12588 brm

Client

The Academy of Fine Arts

Architecture | Public

The University of Fine Arts Helsinki

The University of Fine Arts Helsinki will be getting a new campus building on Sörnäisten rantatie, next to the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. The winning entry by JKMM was a consortium project developed together with Veritas Pension Insurance and Lujatalo Oy.

The new building will house The Academy of Fine Arts, as well as serve as the heart of the campus, bringing together theatre, dance and arts studies.

Sörnäinen – a traditional industrial area of Helsinki – has been developing rapidly in recent years. Today it is a lively neighborhood with a unique urban culture. The new building, sporting a red brick façade and rough aesthetics, will complete its surroundings perfectly.

The design aims to provide a clear and open framework to the future artists in the making. Raw and unfinished surfaces and large, modifiable spaces will support the idea of communality as well catering to the future pedagogical and artistic needs. The atrium-like central hall creates a social hub in the core of the building. A variety of study and work spaces are gathered around it. The roof top terrace with superb view to the sea is planned to serve as an oasis in the middle of the urban neighborhood.

The building is scheduled to be completed in 2021.