Oct
17

ANSSI LASSILA of OOPEAA lecturing at Egurtek International Forum – Bilbao

posted on October 17th 2016 in News

Anssi Lassila of OOPEAA is lecturing at the Egurtek International Forum of Architecture and Construction in Wood in Bilbao

Egurtek International Forum of Architecture and Construction in Wood – 6th Edition

Bilbao Exhibition Centre – Conventions

October 20th – 21st, 2016

Thursday, 20 October from 10:00 to 18:00 

Friday, October 21 / from 10:00 to 14:00

Lecture by Anssi Lassila

“Wood and Modularity in Architecture Today”

October 20, 2016 / at 16:15 

Anssi Lassila of OOPEAA has been invited to give a lecture at the 6th Egurtek International Forum of Architecture and Construction in Wood in Bilbao. In is talk, he will discuss the potential of pre-manufactured CLT based modular construction to provide high quality homes that are environmentally responsible and affordable. The Puukuokka apartment building by OOPEAA will serve as an illustrative example of this potential. Completed in 2014 / 2015, it is the first 8-storey wooden apartment building in Finland. It is composed of volumetric CLT modules as the load bearing structure and has a fully wooden frame. 

Egurtek International Forum of Architecture and Construction in Wood is a forum for gathering information about timber architecture and construction. It is a biannual event and it is organized for the 6th time this year. The program features presentations by renowned architects from the Iberian Peninsula and abroad. Their addresses and talks provide an educational, visual presentation of the works that they have designed and built in wood.

Egurtek has become an unmissable event for architects and engineers and all those professionals of the industry who have connections with wood. Through this Forum, more than fifty professionals of international prestige have presented their work and shared their experiences with all those attending the Forum.

The Forum offers a conference program with first-rate international speakers. This year the speakers include Shigeru Ban, Michael Green, Mónica Rivera and Emiliano López, Tudor Radulescu, and Juri Troy, as well as Fernando Tabuenca and Fermín Leache, Gorka Elorza, and Jordi Fargas from the Spanish scene.

For a full program and more information on the conference, click here. 

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Oct
05

Periscope Tower and Suvela Chapel among winners of the American Architecture Prize 2016

posted on October 5th 2016 in News

The American Architecture Prize honors designs in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture with the goal of advancing the appreciation of architecture worldwide. Each submitted design was evaluated by the esteemed AAP Jury on its own merit based on form, function, and innovation. Winning projects were given titles of platinum, gold, silver, or bronze levels, along with honorable mentions from many distinguished submissions.

The Periscope Tower by Anssi Lassila / OOPEAA was awarded silver in the category of Heritage Architecture. To review the entry, click here.  

The Suvela Chapel by Anssi Lassila / OOPEAA was awarded bronze in the category of Institutional Architecture. To review the entry, click here

The international list of jurors for the prize consists of a wide variety of professionals in architecture, journalism, interior design, art, and other related fields.

For a complete list of the jury please click here.

 Browse all winners for the American Architecture Prize 2016 here.

 For a press release announcing the winners please click here 
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Sep
04

The Suvela Chapel Inaugurated on September 4, 2016

posted on September 4th 2016 in News

The Suvela Chapel in Espoo designed by OOPEAA was inaugurated on September 4, 2016.

The Suvela chapel was commissioned by the Espoo Parish Union and it will be used jointly by the Espoo Paris Union, the Swedish Parish of Espoo and the City of Espoo to serve the entire community of Suvela. It is a multifunctional building that offers a space for the people of the community to use together for their many different needsregardless of their religious affiliation.

OOPEAA embarked on the design and planning for the Suvela Chapel and the nearby community park in 2012. The goal was to create a building that has a strong identity of its own while also entering in dialogue with the multicultural context of this suburban neighborhood.

With roughly one third of the inhabitants being of foreign descent, Suvela is one of the most multicultural districts in the Helsinki metropolitan region. Cultural diversity is both a rich potential and a challenge to the community. In the design for the Suvela Chapel and the adjacent community park, the goal was to create a building that offers opportunities for a rich variety of activities and provides a framework for the residents to come together in a flexibly adaptable and functional space.

The chapel offers an approachable and welcoming space with a human scale and an inviting atmosphere. The building serves many functions providing a home base for many different kinds of organizations and serving as a dynamic place of activity. It is first and foremost a meeting place that serves members of the parish and other groups of people in the community alike.

The local community park with its services is one of the three principal users of the building offering the children and their parents an opportunity to use the space in various ways. There is afternoon care for children after school as well as day care services for children. There are spaces for the youth as well as spaces for the various local community clubs to use for their activities. The building offers office space for the employees of the parish as well as for social workers and family services provided forhelping people in their various needs in their lives.A soup kitchen offering food for a very low cost is operating in the premises as well. The chapel naturally also serves as a place for mass, concerts, weddings, funerals, and baptisings.

The location of the various functions in the different parts of the building is identifiable from the outside. While the height of the building varies greatly with the chapel hall as the tallest part, all functions are placed on just one level, and the building wraps into a single U-shaped entity forming an intimate interior courtyard in the middle. The belfry is embedded in the main building volume providing further closure to the yard.

The different functions in the building orient themselves around the inner courtyard. The main entrance is placed in a corner where the U-shaped building opens to the courtyard, The main chapel hall with its auxiliary spaces is located in the north-east part of the builduing.  Offices and work spaces of the parish staff as well as additional meeting and group work spaces are located in the middle part of the U-shaped volume. Spaces for children and the youth as well as spaces that are rented out to the city to serve the community park are located in the west part of the building. While the majority of the interior spaces face the yard, the spaces occupied by the community park face outward to the park.

The building is a hybrid structure with wooden as well as concrete and steel elements.  A tactile sense of material has a deliberately strong presence both in the interiors as well in the exterior of the building. The exterior shell is entirely clad in copper to emphasize the unity of the varied volume of the building. Copper was an ecological choice of material for the exterior. It is both durable and recyclable and therefore sustainable. It also ages well and acquires a beautiful patina over time. Local spruce is the material used in the interiors. In the spaces for the children’s activities, wood is present also in the outdoor canopies that provide shelter from rain giving the children an opportunity to play outside even in rainy weather. The presence of wood is most prominent in the tall chapel hall where the walls are covered with wooden scantlings.

The Suvela Chapel has been nominated one of the four final candidates for the Finlandia Prize in Architecture in 2016. This year, the winner of the Finlandia Prize for Architecture will be selected by Paavo Lipponen, former prime minister of Finland. The winner will be announced on October 13, 2016.

For images on The Suvela Chapel, see here

Sep
02

Anssi Lassila is lecturing at the Architecture and Cities in Transition seminar in Tampere

posted on September 2nd 2016 in News

Anssi Lassila / OOPEAA

The Potential of the Borderline

September 2, 2016

Lecture at 16.00

Panel discussion at 17.30

Itäinenkatu 4

The Plevna Movie Theater

Theater 2

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In this talk Anssi Lassila will share his thoughts about the idea of the potential of the borderline. Hewill explore this idea through three projects of very different scales, one situated in a rural context of an open landscape, one serving to provide us a view over the landscape in a suburban context, and one offering the people of a multicultural community a common ground and a shared space for coming together.

Architecture and Cities in Transition seminar (ACT) is the traditional main event of the Tampere Architecture Week. The theme for Tampere Design-and Architecture Week is “borders”. The theme is explored as spatial, visual and functional borders in architecture and urban design as well as borders in culture, science and government. The speakers of the seminar are Nikos Salingaros (University of Texas at San Antonio), Søren Nielsen (Vandkunsten), Sheila Sri Prakash (Shilpa Architects), Mari Vaattovaara (University of Helsinki), Anssi Lassila (OOPEAA) and  Marco Casagrande (Casagrande Laboratory).

 

Full program for the Architecture and Cities in Transition seminar can be found here

Sep
01

SUVELA CHAPEL NOMINATED FOR FINLANDIA PRIZE

posted on September 1st 2016 in News

The Suvela Chapel has been nominated one of the four final candidates for the Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2016

 The Finlandia Prize

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, the Finlandia Prize for Architecture winner will be selected by Paavo Lipponen, former prime minister of Finland.

The Jury

The shortlist of the four final candidates was created by a jury composed of four members: Pirjo Sanaksenaho, Professor of Building Design Aalto University and Director of SOTERA Research Institute, Sari Nieminen, Artist Professor, Eero Lunden, Founder and Director of Lunden Architecture, and Janne Pihlajaniemi, partner of m3 Architects and Professor of Architecture at Oulu University. Paula Huotelin, Secretary General of Safa, the Association of Finnish Architects served as the secretary of the jury.

Suvela Chapel

With roughly one third of the inhabitants being of foreign descent, Suvela is one of the most multicultural districts in the Helsinki metropolitan region. Cultural diversity is both a rich potential and a challenge to the community. In the design for the Suvela Chapel and the adjacent community park, the goal was to create a building that offers opportunities for a rich variety of activities and provides a framework for the residents to come together in a flexibly adaptable and functional space. 

The chapel offers an inviting and welcoming atmosphere. It is a meeting place that serves members of the parish and other groups of people in the community alike. While the height of the building varies greatly with the chapel hall as the tallest part, all functions are placed on just one level, and the building wraps into a single U-shaped entity forming an intimate interior courtyard in the middle. The belfry is embedded in the main building volume providing further closure to the yard.

The building is a hybrid structure with wooden as well as concrete and steel elements. The presence of wood is most prominent in the tall chapel hall where the walls are covered with wooden scantlings. The exterior shell is entirely clad in copper to emphasize the unity of the varied volume of the building.

The Suvela Chapel will be inaugurated on September 4, 2016.

Aug
31

Anssi Lassila lecturing at the Strelka Institute in Moscow

posted on August 31st 2016 in News

September 1, 2016

At 19:00

 

Strelka Institute

14, Bldg. 5A, 

Bersenevskaya Embankment 

Moscow, 119072, Russia

 

Lecture by Anssi Lassila, OOPEAA

The Future of Wood: Back to Basics 

  

In his talk at the Strelka Institute, Anssi Lassila will share his thinking on the future of wood in architecture and construction. Drawing from his own experience in working with wood, he will look at the material qualities of wood and the ways in which they find expression in defining the structural framework of a building. From the traditional log cabin to the contemporary multi-story housing block composed of prefabricated volumetric cross-laminated timber (CLT) modules, the idea of modularity and the most optimal use of material have always been central in guiding the process of creating a building out of wood. New techniques and new ways of handling wood as a material for building today open up new possibilities in flexibly customized standardization, yet we also have a lot gain from the knowledge embedded in the tradition of working with wood. 

 http://strelka.com/en/events/event/2016/09/01/future-of-wood-back-to-basics

The lecture is part of Strelka’s summer public program organized this year under the heading New mindset. Other speakers in the series this year include Steven Holl architects and Reiulf Ramstad, among others. 

http://strelka.com/en/events/events/architecture

 

Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design was founded in 2009 to inspire change in the cultural and physical landscapes of Russian cities. The Institute promotes positive changes and creates new ideas and values through its educational activities. Strelka Institute is a non-governmental institution with an experimental approach to education. Its educational program promotes critical thinking and public presentation skills. Strelka is open to the world and ready for cooperation and networking; all the knowledge produced at the Institute and many of its educational events are free to the public. This openness has turned the Strelka Institute into a popular public space around which various communities are built. 

http://www.strelka.com/en/idea

Aug
30

OOPEAA hakee uusia työntekijöitä 

posted on August 30th 2016 in News

oopeaa crew

Haetaan Helsingin toimistoon taitavaa ja innostunutta urbanismiin erikoistunutta arkkitehtiä, jolla on vahva visuaalinen silmä, hyvä englannin kielen taito ja kyky käyttää ArchiCadia. 

Haetaan myös yhtä tai kahta arkkitehtiopiskelijaa osa-aikaiseksi projektiavustajaksi.  

Hakemukset pyydetään toimittamaan osoitteeseen hr@oopeaa.com 2.9.2016 mennessä. Liitteeksi cv ja portfolio. 

The recruitment announcement in English in here

Aug
22

OOPEAA is hiring

posted on August 22nd 2016 in News

We are looking for an architect to Helsinki office with a specialization in urbanism, a strong sense of motivation and inspiration, willingness to experiment, a keen eye for the visual, skills in using ArchiCad and a good command of English.

We are also looking for one or two architecture students to work part time as project assistants.

Please submit your application with cv and a portfolio by 2.9.2016 to hr@oopeaa.com

We are also accepting applications for interns at this time.

Jul
11

OOPEAA featured at the second FIN-GER Architecture Biennale

posted on July 11th 2016 in News

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The second FIN-GER Architecture Biennale features a solo exhibition of the work of OOPEAA. The biennale takes place in Würzburg, Germany from July 12 to July 24, 2016.

The FIN-GER Architecture Biennale presents top Finnish and German contemporary architects and their architecture. The Biennale is organized every year, alternating between Germany and Finland as the guest country. The first FIN-GER Architecture Biennale, arranged in 2015, featured the German architect Jürgen Mayer H. from Berlin.

The second FIN-GER Architecture Biennale 2016 will introduce the work of the Finnish architect Anssi Lassila / OOPEAA from Helsinki & Seinäjoki.
 In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition, Anssi Lassila will give a lecture. The lecture is arranged by BDA in cooperation with FIN-GER.

The FIN-GER Architecture Biennale
Exhibition & Architecture Pop-Up Store

Dates: July 12 – 24, 2016
Time: Open during the FIN-GER Store hours 12 – 6 pm daily
Location: Bürgerbräu Old Brewery, Würzburg

Opening reception: July 12, 2016 at 7 pm

Lecture by Anssi Lassila: July 12, 2016 at 9 pm in the Fürstensaal, Würzburg Residence

Tickets available at the following locations:
– Akademische Buchhandlung Knodt(Textorstraße 4), Mon-Fri 9 am – 7 pm, Sat 9 am – 6 pm
– FIN-GER Concept Store (Frankfurter Straße 87) Mon-Fri 9 am -6 pm
– 87 Bar (Frankfurter Straße 87), Mon-Sat 8 am -6 pm

The ticket price is 15 € (incl. Lecture + Vernissage + Fingerfood + Sekt)

The FIN-GER was founded by Juhani Karanka, Finnish Architect & Urban Planner and Matthias Braun, German Architect & Artist in 2015. Together they came up with “fingerism” a philosophy that seeks to see the best in everything and everyone, and aims to use creative play and good humour to make ideas become reality. It is all about creating innovative concepts & making ideas become reality.

For more information on FIN-GER and the biennale, visit http://www.fin-ger.com/index.html

Jul
06

Periscope Tower is now open to the public

posted on July 6th 2016 in News

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The Periscope Tower is a giant wooden periscope structure that serves as an observation tower and engages the viewer in a dialogue with the landscape. With the help of a large mirror the Periscope Tower makes it possible for everyone to enjoy the views of the surrounding landscape. One can either climb up the stairs to enjoy the view over the lake and into the surrounding landscape from the viewing deck, or simply stay on the ground and get the view through the periscope mirror.
Made entirely of wood, the building is composed of an inner core of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and an external wooden frame that serves as a load bearing structure. The inner core made of CLT forms the frame for an extra large periscope with stairs circling around it. When taking the stairs up or down one can experience a rich range of different views framed by the various openings cut into the structure.
The tower is composed of three prefabricated elements with the roof forming a fourth element. The facades and the stairs are made of larch. The details and the security netting are of steel. The idea was to create a simple wooden structure of high quality in a way that supports learning and reflects a commitment to empowering and strengthening the local community.

The Periscope Tower is situated on the shore of a man-made lake that has been built on top of a hill in the vicinity of the center of the city of Seinäjoki. The man-made lake, Lake Kyrösjärvi, has been created in order to serve three main functions: to help keep the flooding in the plains of Ostrobothnia under control, to generate energy for the electric power plant serving the city of Seinäjoki, and to form an attractive site for a new residential area to be constructed on the shores of the lake. 120 000 square meters of new housing will be built there to provide homes for about 2000 people. The Periscope Tower is part of a larger landscape design project for reshaping the lakeshore, developed by OOPEAA for the Seinäjoki Housing Fair 2016.
With the Periscope Tower, the aim is to activate the dam around the man-made lake and to turn it into a recreational area serving the residents of the new neighborhood to be constructed there as well as others living in Seinäjoki and the region at large. It will be connected to a broader network of recreational paths designed to be accessible to everyone.

The Periscope Tower was commissioned by the City of Seinäjoki, realized in collaboration with SWECO Seinäjoki and constructed by the students of SEDU, a local vocational school for building and construction skills. It is part of the area developed for the annual Finnish Housing Fair to be held in Seinäjoki in 2016. The Housing Fair is open to the visitors July 8 – August 7, 2016, and the Periscope Tower will remain open to the public to enjoy also after the fair closes.

For more information on the Seinäjoki Housing Fair in Finnish, see http://asuntomessut.fi

For images on the Periscope Tower, see here