The SKiB campus is a project of Pori’s Swedish-speaking cultural foundation Svenska Kulturfonden i Björneborg (SKiB). The purpose of the project is to restructure the foundation’s operation and purpose and to open a stronger dialogue with the urban environment and its inhabitants.
The campus project includes a new, mainly timber structure annex, and existing buildings from the early 1930s and 1960s to be renovated. The hybrid building brings alive a comprehensive social environment under one roof. Technically, it is implemented to be energy-efficient to utilize passive energy production, geothermal energy, and solar energy. Building is constructed using durable and repairable materials.
In addition to the Swedish-language comprehensive school in Pori, the premises also house the foundation’s offices. In addition, the daycare center and the senior center are connected to the block via an underground connection. The central premises of the campus function as a cultural centre open to everyone. The events, performances and exhibitions take place in the multi-purpose hall and its lobby. A cafe and a library also serve customers of the new cultural centre. The classrooms and gym hall are for evening use by the citizens.
All school facilities are designed as a flexible learning environment. Wood is the dominant material in interior’s structures, cladding, fixtures, and furniture. The red brick masonry of the exterior also continues indoors. Large windows and precisely detailed metal parts complete the architecture. Like the interior spaces, the compact courtyard areas are precisely designed to be functional and enjoyable for different age groups. Art plays a significant role in the project.
Svenska Kulturfonden i Björneborg is a non-affiliated private foundation founded in 1919 that promotes multilingualism, lifelong learning, and tolerant, equal development in Pori and Satakunta.