A topping out ceremony was held for the new facilities of the School of Architecture on Friday, August 25. The new facilities set up in the space formerly used by Mechanical Engineering are already easy to visualise. They will be ready for use from the beginning of next year.
Key elements of the new facilities include a glass façade of the main entrance, a large unified agora space, impressive stairs for sitting with a glass railing, a curved wall in the foyer, and a "blue stream" running down the floor, which is also a tribute to the original designer of the building, Kari Virta.
The Oulu School of Architecture uses the space of the ground floor and second floor. The multi-purpose facilities of the third and fourth floors will be used by people from other units.
The new facility was presented to the invited guests by the main designer, architect Kai Rajakaltio (right) of Hannu Jaakkola Architects. In the centre, Vice Rector Helka-Liisa Hentilä.
The needs of students and teaching activities have been a key priority in the design.
"Now we will be able to implement the pedagogical model that we have long been aiming at", says University Lecturer Petri Aarnio.
Vice Dean Matti Sanaksenaho, who is responsible for training at the school, says the facilities radiate energy and are innovative.
Moving to the new building at the beginning of next year will conclude the year-long sojourn in temporary facilities. Until last Christmas the School was housed on Rantakatu in the centre of Oulu.
An architectural competition was arranged for the design of the new facilities, and it was won by Hannu Jaakkola Architects Ltd. The main contractor in the implementation is LTM-Rakennus Oy.
The high windows of an office for two people present a view over a small wood, which has been thinned out considerably.
Last updated: 29.8.2017