Recipes for Happiness
JKMM’s architecture has social responsibility at its core. We design buildings, which can help to increase happiness in society.
Finland is the happiest country in the world. But where does happiness come from?
Traditionally we build societies only prioritising business and technology. Yet, this is only the base level. To thrive, communities need to aim higher, towards embracing Culture, Knowledge and Wellbeing. At the very highest level, the ultimate goal should be happiness. This is our goal when designing a sustainable society.
Architects have had an essential role in creating the infrastucture for happiness in Finland. We at JKMM Architects have been building Finnish happiness for more than 20 years.
In Finland modern architecture and design has a history going back more than a hundred years. We believe it is important to continue the heritage of old Finnish masters like Alvar Aalto.
JKMM was established in 1998 after our four founding partners, at the time still students, won a major architectural competition. Asmo Jaaksi, Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen and Juha Mäki-Jyllilä continue to steer the creative work at JKMM. Päivi Meuronen and Teemu Toivio are our new partners.
JKMM Architects have been building Finnish happiness for more than 20 years.
We see ourselves as 100 unique characters with shared values rather than as an ordinary company with only business values.
JKMM is growing, but we still work together as a big family.
Our studio is located in Kamppi in the heart of Helsinki and the interior is 100% homemade by us. The space is an extension of who we are and what we do.
From the beginning, architectural innovation has been the driving force behind our work. Innovation is best tested in architectural competitions. The office has won prizes in over 90 architectural competitions, including 47 First Prizes. Currently, JKMM has won the most architectural competitions in Finland.
Our works have been presented in various exhibitions including: Venice Biennale; GA International; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Finnish Architecture.
New Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 3. Prize
New Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Honorary Mention
New National, National Museum of Finland, 1. Prize
Haapaniemenkatu 4 hybrid building, Helsinki, 2. Prize
Sepänkatu 1 Hybrid Block, 1. Prize
Projekt Albert, Tammisaari new art museum, Tammisaari, 1. Prize
Tapiola Culture Centre, Espoo, 2. Prize
Finnish Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai, 1. Prize
Haakoninlahti Residential Block, Helsinki, 1. Prize
Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki, Helsinki, 1. Prize
2020 Interior Design Competition, IIDA, Best of Competition, Amos Rex
AIT-Award 2020 l Best in Interior and Architecture, finalist in Public Buildings / Culture -category, Amos Rex
Frame Award 2019, Amos Rex in Learning Space of the Year category
Interior Architect of the Year, Finnish Designer Award ’19, the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo, Paula Salonen
Interior Design’s Best of Year 2019 Award, Honoree, Amos Rex
New into Old Awards 2019, The Architectural Review, Shortlist, Amos Rex
Dezeen Awards 2019, Cultural building, Longlisted, Amos Rex
WAF Awards 2019, Completed buildings – Culture, Shortlisted, Amos Rex
Mies van der Rohe Award 2019 nominees: Amos Rex; Think Corner; Paul Stradins University Hospital
Concrete Structure of 2018, Amos Rex
Rose for Building 2018, Amos Rex
RIL Award 2018, Amos Rex
European Copper in Architecture Awards 18, Commended project, Lahti Travel Centre
Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2018 -nominee, Think Corner and Amos Rex
Finlandia Prize of Architecture 2017, The New Harald Herlin Learning Centre
Rose for Building 2017 nominee, Bysa & Sandis Ltds.
Mies van der Rohe Award 2017 nominee, OP Bank Headquarter
Hurraa! 2016 Award, The New Harald Herlin Learning Centre
Finnish Glass Structure Award 2016, OP Bank Headquarters
Rose for Building 2015, OP Bank Headquarters
Steel Structure 2015, OP Bank Headquarters