Aurora, University of Joensuu

Type: Competition 1st Prize
Location: Joensuu, Finland
Status: Completed - 2002 &2006
Scale: 12 000 m2
Client: Senate Properties
Education

The University of Joensuu campus lies close to the city centre. The latest additions to the complex are built after an invited competition. As is characteristic of today’s buildings, several mutually independent functions have been put together under the same roof, including educational, recreational and service facilities.

Building is adjacent to the sculptural main building completing the enclosure around the university square. When approaching the campus from the town it forms a part of the new university front. An important point in site plan is to coordinate the complex both with campus and grid-style city centre. The building is organized into distinct functional units about the main hall and the lush inner courtyards.

The building has a reinforced concrete frame and the red brick façade that characterises the university campus was a natural choice of material. Copper and natural stone, and wood in the interior, complete the palette of solid building materials. Precise and painstaking details contrasting the rough materials played a mayor part in the architectural expression. Glass block walls that shine in the dark are an important part of the overall composition. Lightning is assembled behind glass façades into the buffer zone outer side of auditoriums.

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