Puukuokka Block 1

posted on November 13th 2014 in News

In the Jyväskylä suburb of Kuokkala, the first part of the Puukuokka Housing Block is nearing completion.

Puukuokka 1, the first part of a complex to be composed of three wooden multi-story apartment buildings, is expected to be completed by the end of November 2014. It will be the first wooden apartment building of the height of 8 stories in Finland.

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Konsthall Tornedalen in progress

posted on November 5th 2014 in News

In 2012 OOPEAA, operating under the name Lassila Hirvilammi Architects at the time, won the competition for a new art museum in Vitsaniemi in the Swedish Lapland.

The Konsthall Tornedalen will be located on the beautiful banks of the river Kemijoki that marks  the border between Finland and Sweden.

With the design phase now under way, the building is scheduled to be completed in 2016.  Some days ago Gunhild Stensmyr, the commissioner  of the future Konsthall, visited the OOPEAA office in Seinäjoki to brainstorm with the architects about the project and to earnestly kick off the first phase of the design process The meeting was  filmed by the Swedish TV, SVT which is making a documentary on the project.

The meeting provided an occasion to discuss more deeply the preliminary designs for the Kunsthalle. Anssi Lassila, the architect in charge of the project, and Gunhild Stensmyr gathered together with our assisting architects, Ransu Helenius and Kazunori Yamaguchi, and our landscape architecture consultant, Tommi Heinonen from VSU, to study the first models and  the preliminary drawings and to discuss technical solutions.

You can follow the progress of the project on the blog for Konsthall Tornedalen here:



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What´s next?

posted on October 28th 2014 in News

Please join us at the Open Discussion:

The discussion will be held in Venice on Wednesday October 29, 2014 1 pm–2 pm at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Giardini di Castello.

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Forum HolzBau – Nordic Wood / Trondheim

posted on September 25th 2014 in News

In these days in Trondheim (NO) technologies and potential in wood construction are discussed at the Forum HolzBau / Nordic Wood, the Nordic Wood Building Conference (24-26 Sept 2014).

Entitled “Wood Future”, the event aims at discussing how traditional knowledge and natural resources can be turned into keys for future building, using wood structures to shape the future, sustainable city.

The construction sector is a major operator on the world economic stage. As its importance is growing, so are its challenges, particularly the increasing demand for material and energy efficiency, as well as the need to reduce building costs.

Professionals within the building construction sector are every day faced with the need to develop and improve their knowledge of materials and their use. Existing buildings are everywhere in constant need of renovation and upgrading to meet new regulations. The use of wood is an important part of the solution.

With its strong expertise in wood architecture and striking references using wood as solely structural tool, OOPEAA could not be missing.

Indeed, tomorrow Anssi Lassila will take part to the parallel session 4A “Excellence of wood / Competitions in wood: from sketch to finish”. From 10:00 to 11:30 and moderated by Tine Hegli from Snøhetta, the guests will discuss about the challenges that wood buildings impose to designers, proposing case studies of successful implementation.

OOPEAA´s projects as Kuokkala Church, Sauna Tonttu, or the recent and still ongoing Puukuokka multistorey housing block show peculiar approaches to wood construction, where carefully thought out choices of material make the difference and make the project become long-lasting architecture.

For more information about the event and the program, please check the website of Forum Holzbau here.


Materiality and the Magic of Light

posted on September 11th 2014 in News


The exhibition “Lichtzauber und Materialität / Materiality and the Magic of Light” is opening on Saturday 13th September at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für christliche Kunst Galerie in Munich.Read Article