Lakeside Periscope Tower / SD Review 2015

posted on August 28th 2015 in News

OOPEAA’s Periscope Tower is one of the winners of the Japanese award SD Review 2015.
The Periscope Tower project will be exhibited together with the other winners in Tokyo and Kyoto.


The design for a new viewing tower, the Periscope Tower, to be built on the Lake Kyrkösjärvi in Seinäjoki, Finland has recently been completed. The tower is part of a larger landscape design project for reshaping the lake shore, developed by OOPEAA for the Seinäjoki Housing Fair 2016.

Made entirely of wood, the structure is composed of an inner core of CLT and an external wooden frame which serves as load bearing structure. The wooden frame enfolds around the core and creates space for a staircase to climb up to the top and enjoy the view over the lake.
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Puukuokka for Finlandia Prize

posted on August 14th 2015 in News

OOPEAA is glad to announce that Puukuokka Housing Block is shortlisted for the Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2015.


The Finlandia Prize for Architecture was established in 2011 by SAFA, the Finnish Association of Architects. The Finlandia Prize for Architecture is awarded to a design or renovation design for an outstanding new building or building complex that has been completed within the past three years. The Prize promotes the appreciation of high-quality architecture and aims to highlight the importance of architecture in producing cultural value and increasing well-being.

This year, Finlandia Prize for Architecture winner will be selected by composer Kaija Saariaho.

For more information, visit the website here:


Do! Alvar Aalto Symposium 2015

posted on July 2nd 2015 in News

You´re all welcome to take part in the next Alvar Aalto Symposium 2015, which will take place in Jyväskylä, 7.-9. August, 2015.

Alvar Aalto Symposium is an international forum for discussion on contemporary architecture. It is a triennial event that brings professionals from around the world together to engage in current topics in architecture.
The symposium’s theme challenges the speakers and participants to examine architecture from the perspective of doing. The aim is to shed light on how architects envision what they do and how the process is shaped by the approach that they take to their work. The process of creating architcture will be explored through four different perspectives: DIGITAL, LOCAL, MATERIAL and SOCIAL.
Anssi Lassila, director and founder of OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture, is the Chair of the Alvar Aalto Symposium this year. Through the selected theme and invited speakers, Lassila opens a discussion about the terms of making architecture.
Amongst the speakers and moderators you will meet internationally renowned architects and practitioners from different parts of the world, such as Greg Lynn (Greg Lynn FORM, California-USA), David Basulto (ArchDaily, Chile), Henriette Vamberg (Gehl Architects, Danemark), Rahul Mehotra (RMA Architects, India), Liu Xiaodu (Urbanus, China), Raul Pantaleo (Tamassociati, Italy), Carin Smuts (Carin Smuts Architects, South Africa) and many more.

The event is organized by the Alvar Aalto Foundation in partnership with the Museum of Finnish Architecture – Helsinki, ArchInfo – Architecture Information Centre Finland, the Alvar Aalto Museum – Jyväskylä and the City of Jyväskylä.

For more information, visit the website:

To view the complete program, click here.

Book your seat here!


Re-Creation in Helsinki

posted on June 8th 2015 in News

June 11 – September 13, 2015

This summer Helsinki’s Esplanade Park will play host to Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecture, an installation by Anssi Lassila and his OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture which debuted at the Shenzhen bi-city Biennale for Urbanism and Architecture and was shown at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2014. A varied programme of architecture-related events will be organized around the installation all through summer.

The installation opening will take place on the Esplanadi Park in Helsinki, on June 10, at 18:00. Welcome!

Visit the website of MFA for the official press release in Finnish and in English.

More info about Re-Creation in Helsinki on


Avajaiset Esplanadin puistossa Helsingissä keskiviikkona 10.6. kello 18.00

Venetsian arkkitehtuuribiennaalissa 2014 nähty ja Shenzhenin urbanismin ja arkkitehtuurin biennaaliin 2013 valmistunut installaatio Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecture (Anssi Lassila / OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture) on esillä Esplanadin puistossa Helsingissä 11.6.–13.9.2015.

Näyttelyn yhteydessä järjestetään monipuolista arkkitehtuuriohjelmaa koko kesän ajan. Arkkitehtuuria Espan kesässä -tapahtumapiste kutsuu lapset ja aikuiset katsomaan kaupunkia uusin silmin.
Seuraa ohjelmaa:


Photo: Juho Haavisto & MFA


Forum Perspective 2015 / Milan

posted on May 18th 2015 in News

Milan, Italy is the location of Forum Perspective 2015 by The Plan on May 18-20, and OOPEAA is part of it.
Started in 2010 under the curatorial organization of the Plan Magazine, the Forum is an annual event for networking and inspiration bringing together a wide range of practitioners, producers and investors involved in architecture, engineering and the building sector.

In occasion of the Forum, The Plan will announce the winners of the The Plan Awards 2015.
Anssi Lassila will be there to present recent works by OOPEAA in a keynote lecture amongst some of the most interesting contemporary architects. The lecture will offer an overview of some of our most recent and upcomng projects with a special focus on the use of wood as an architectural material.
Additionally, the Puukuokka Housing Block will be presented to the audience of the Forum as a shortlisted project in the category of Housing forThe Plan Award 2015. Puukuokka is a unique multi-story wooden housing block.

OOPEAA at Forum Perspective 2015 taking place at the MiCo / Milano Congressi – Milano
For more information about the event and for registration, click here.
To see the detailed program, click here.


Venice Art Biennale 2015 / Finnish Pavilion

posted on May 5th 2015 in News

The 56th La Biennale di Venezia 2015 opens its doors to the public on 9th May. OOPEAA has created the exhibition design for the presentation of the exhibition “Hours, Years, Aeons” by the artist duo IC-98 in the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland at the 56th International Art Exhibition.
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Seinäjoki office goes to Frami

posted on April 27th 2015 in News

The OOPEAA Seinäjoki office has moved.

The Seinäjoki office has moved to Frami D, an office building designed by OOPEAA in 2007. It is a hub for innovative companies, start-ups and technology education. The site is well situated in Seinäjoki at a convenient distance from the railway station and the route 67 on the banks of Seinäjoki river.

Our new address is:
OOPEAA, Tiedekatu 2 FI-60320 Seinäjoki.

Our Helsinki office continues to operate in the same location as before.


Puukuokka Housing Block / new publications

posted on April 15th 2015 in News

The first building in the Puukuokka Housing Block was just recently completed. Puukuokka is the first eight-story high wooden apartment building in Finland.

Developed in collaboration with Lakea, it is an energy-efficient trio of multi-story wood-framed flats in the Jyväskylä suburb of Kuokkala, neighboring the Kuokkala Church, also designed by OOPEAA.

We are glad to share with you some of the recent press coverage presenting Puukuokka.

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