Scope | Issue 144
University of the Arts Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Scope | Issue 144
The new building for the University of the Arts (Uniarts) Helsinki, the Academy of Fine Arts, provides students and staff with exceptional facilities for tuition and making art within an architecturally distinct building. Designed by JKMM, the ingenuity of the architecture lies in offering students of fine arts, lighting and sound design and design for the performing arts generous, muscular, well-lit, and clearly defined spaces. The communal and modifiable architecture will lend itself to a variety of uses for creating and experiencing a wide range of art forms, using different media, and working on scales from the intimate to the imposing. The architecture is thus there to enable rather than restrict creative endeavour. Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts has been designed as a direct response to the needs of future visionaries providing generous contemporary makerspace with the latest technologies. With its raw surfaces and sense of spatial and experiential adventure, this is a building budding artists can respond to, challenge imaginatively and make their own.
At the heart of this five-storey building spanning over 13,000 sqm (gross) is a top-lit courtyard defined by a dramatic steel staircase that cuts through space diagonally from one level to the next. This creates a dynamic and communal core for the “Mylly” building as students move around from studios and learning spaces. On the ground floor there is a dedicated gallery space accessible to the general public. The roof level incorporates a large outdoor terrace for making and exhibiting art together with far-reaching views over the city. “Our holistic design vision was informed by a need to bring people together into a building that allows flexible use but is also firmly rooted in its urban context. It was critical for us that the new spaces did not in any way limit what could be created within their walls but instead would inspire students to be bold and imaginative in pushing the boundaries of what they can achieve in the building’’, says the project’s lead architect and co-founder of JKMM Asmo Jaaksi. To future-proof the building so it serves generations, JKMM has thought carefully about its supporting structures and their longevity. These have been minimised through load-bearing facades and a rational slab-column frame which will greatly facilitate change of use, if required, in years to come. Fair-faced concrete and steel surfaces and overall material choices have been specified for longevity and ease of maintenance.
Principal Architects：Asmo Jaaksi．Teemu Toivio．Jussi Vepsäläinen．Katja Savolainen
Structural Engineering：Vahanen Oy
Photos：Marc Goodwin．Mika Huisman．Asmo Jaaksi．Hannu Rytky．Tuomas Uusheimo
主要建築師：阿斯莫．雅克西 提姆．托維奧 Jussi Vepsäläinen 卡佳．薩沃萊寧
影像：馬克．古德溫 米卡．豪斯曼 阿斯莫．雅克西 漢努．瑞特基 托馬斯．烏西莫