August 15, 2017

The New Harald Herlin Learning Centre nominated for the Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2017

The new Harald Herlin Learning Centre, Aalto University has been nominated as one of the four final candidates for the Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2017.

In this project of restoring the campus library, originally designed by Aalto Aalto, Arkkitehdit NRT Oy  was responsible for the architecture of the renovation and we were responsible for the interiors. The service design is by Kuudes Kerros Oy.

In the renewed Learning Centre, traditional library meets the innovations and the modern, future oriented way of making science. The precious Aalto interiors in the upper floors have been preserved but given a face lift. The upper floors have been supplemented with completely renewed lower floors, that are dedicated to new medias, relaxation and working together.

The interior concept merges these together to form an entity with a carefully curated visual identity and reorganized functions.

The Finlandia Prize

The Finlandia Prize for Architecture was established in 2011 by SAFA, the Finnish Association of Architects. The Finlandia Prize for Architecture is awarded to a design or renovation design for an outstanding new building or building complex that has been completed within the past three years. The Prize promotes the appreciation of high-quality architecture and aims to highlight the importance of architecture in producing cultural value and increasing well-being.

The winner will be selected by Mr Reijo Karhinen, President and CEO of the OP Financial Group. The winner will be announced on 2 October 2017.

Read more about the jury and the nominees here.