Think Corner Helsinki University

How to learn together

Type: Competition 1st Prize
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Status: Completed - 2017
Year: 2017
Scale: 13 332 m2
Client: Helsinki University
Education

The education sector in  Finland values collaborative and cross-disciplinary learning.  JKMM Architects has pioneered new building typologies to respond to these changes. Think Corner is a meeting point for Helsinki University academics across disciplines from the natural sciences to the humanities. 

 The heart of the Think Corner is a generous lounge open to the general public making the university’s research accessible to everyone. With robust concrete walls and generous sculptural skylights, the space has an informal and open courtyard atmosphere suited to events, working and enjoying coffee.  The inner life of the university has been made visible through large ”shop windows”,  revealing the Finnish pinewood clad interiors.  The choice of local timber for this adaptive reuse project - that retains the existing building’s structural core - exemplifies JKMM’s approach to sustainable design.

© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Mika Huisman

© Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman
© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Mika Huisman