JKMM Architects is a group of architects and designers based in Helsinki, Finland. We started in 1998 with four founding partners – Asmo Jaaksi, Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen and Juha Mäki-Jyllilä. Today, we are a team of more than 80 people.
We offer a complete service across all areas and scales from architecture to interiors and furniture design. Over the years we have won 91 prizes in design competitions, including 43 first prizes, making us one of Finland’s most successful architectural offices.
Our work is rooted in simplicity, craftsmanship and experimentation. We believe the best solutions are often disarmingly simple. Distinctive architecture is the result of uncompromising pursuit of quality – as well as flexibility and improvisation. Quality is also about putting people first. We see ourselves as craftspeople: architectural beauty is the outcome of the exquisite treatment of materials.
The Best Minds Create the Best Designs
That is why we want to bring together the best and most experienced creative minds in design and architecture. Our team consists of architects, interior architects, designers, BIM specialists, 3D specialists, students and administrative staff with different strengths and at different stages of professional development.
We are focused on mastering the design from concept to atmosphere, from materials to details, from craftsmanship to the construction site.
We value team spirit, ambition, mutual respect and commitment. Having fun together is a big part of our office culture.
Our office is located in Kamppi, in downtown Helsinki. The office is designed by ourselves to be our home base. The space represents who we are and what we do.
The Human Touch
Our buildings share a human touch and they are created for people. Architecture should have respect for the “small person”. It can help solve the key challenges of our society, but empathy is needed to develop new solutions with a human touch.
Simple but Intelligent
Good solutions are practical, the best solutions are also simple. Simplicity is achieved through deep understanding of the problem and an intelligent approach to solving it.
The Hidden Essential
In architectural competitions, the best concept wins. We have created hundreds of new concepts for competitions so we have experience in the step-by-step creative process involved in developing concepts. In any innovative concept, the goal is to define and discover the essential.
Flexibility and Improvisation
Our design approach is creative and flexible. We use no standard methods and styles, but improvise just as jazz musicians do. We aim to create a tailor-made solution for every one of our projects.
We like to solve the whole challenge, not just parts of it. This is why we put the best architects and interior architects on the same team.
The world is filled with “paper tiger” ideas, which work best on paper. We believe that the real thing, the built work, is what counts the most. This is why we are focused on mastering the construction process, understanding materials, details and craftsmanship.
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 43 First Prizes. Currently, JKMM has won the most architectural competitions in Finland.
European Copper in Architecture Awards 18, Commended project, Lahti Travel Centre
Finlandia Prize of Architecture 2017, The New Harald Herlin Learning Centre
Hurraa! 2016 Award, The New Harald Herlin Learning Centre
Finnish Glass Structure Award 2016, OP Financial Group's New Headquarter
Rose for Building 2015, OP Financial Group's New Headquarter
Steel Structure 2015, OP Financial Group's New Headquarter
Tekla Global BIM Awards –award 2014, Total Bim -category, OP Financial Group's New Headquarter
Concrete Structure of 2012, Seinäjoki Library
Lighting project of the year 2011, exterior, Saunalahden Lastentalo
Shanghai Expo 2010, best pavilion design and architecture, kategory B, Kirnu, BIE (Bureau International des Expositions)
Finnish State Award of Architecture 2007
Steel Structure of 2007, Verkatehdas Cultural Center
Glass Structure of 2007, Verkatehdas Cultural Center
Forum Aid Prize, Best Nordic Interior 2007, nominee, Verkatehdas Cultural Center
Concrete Structure of 2007, Turku City Library
Frame The Great Indoors-Award-Nominee 2007, Viikki church
Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Award, Viikki church, 2006
Pietilä Award, 2006
Rose for Building 2017 nominee, Bysa & Sandis Ltds.
Mies van der Rohe Award 2017 nominee, OP Financial Group's New Headquarter
Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2015 nominee, OP Financial Group's New Headquarter
Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2014 -nominee, Seinäjoki City Library
Mies van der Rohe Award 2013 nominee, Seinäjoki City Library
Mies van der Rohe Award 2009 nominee, Turku Central Library
Forum AID-Award 2008 nominee, Verkatehdas Arts and Conference Centre - Architecture-category, finalist
Forum AID-Award 2008 nominee, Verkatehdas Arts and Conference Centre - Interior-category, nominee (among best three)
Mies van der Rohe Award 2007 nominee, Viikki Church
Frame The Great Indoors Award nominee 2007, Viikki Church - Serve & Facilitate-category
Wood Award 2006 nominee, Viikki Church
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