The Awards Showcase Leadership in Architecture and Design
The Wood Design & Building magazine, in partnership with the Canadian Wood Council, has announced the award recipients for the 2015/16 Wood Design Awards program. Winning recipients were selected from over 140 entries by an esteemed architectural jury consisting of:
Dean Maltz, Managing Partner at Shigeru Ban Architects
Stéphan Langevin, Partner at STGM Architect
David Keltner, Principal at Hacker
Projects submitted to this year’s awards program reaffirm the versatility of wood within construction by presenting projects that push the boundaries of applications for wood products. Both the International and North American projects displayed a well-articulated understanding of old and new techniques for wood in architecture.
“The Wood Design Awards program is an opportunity for design teams to showcase their exceptional wood buildings and construction techniques, and to highlight examples of applications for wood/wood products that can be applied to different projects and under varying conditions.” notes Etienne Lalonde, Vice-President of Market Development for the Canadian Wood Council.
Awards were given in three categories: Honor, Merit and Citation. In addition, special awards were granted by the Canadian Wood Council as well as this year’s sponsors, Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Western Red Cedar.
For a full list of the award recipients and the press release by the Wood Design & Building Magazine, click here.
Link to the Press Release: http://cwc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Wood-Design-Building-Awards-2015.pdf
To view the video of winning projects please visit: https://youtu.be/mvc8-Fzz1nU
The Puukuokka Housing Block
Completed in November 2014, Puukuokka is the first eight-story high wooden apartment building in Finland. It explores the potential of modular prefabricated CLT construction to meet the goal of providing high quality, environmentally responsible and affordable housing. Commissioned and built by Lakea, it is an energy-efficient and ecological trio of multi-story wood-framed apartment buildings in the Jyväskylä suburb of Kuokkala.
The entire load bearing structure and frame is made of massive wood and composed of prefabricated volumetric CLT modules. Also the facade elements that are prepared separately and brought to site ready for assembly are entirely of wood. Spruce has been used in the facades facing the street, and untreated larch had been used in the interior courtyard side. The spruce has been treated with a coat of dark paint and the latch in the interior courtyard will turn silvery grey over time. The town plan created in collaboration with the City of Jyväskylä has been tailored to meet the needs of the building complex. Puukuokka pilots an innovative lease-to-own financing strategy that aims to support social sustainability by promoting stable communities.
In Puukuokka, the goal was to find a solution that makes the best possible use of the technical and aesthetic qualities of CLT and to create a wooden building in large scale with a distinct architectonic expression of its own. The goal was to create a building that combines the sense of privacy of a single-family dwelling with the semi-public character of the shared spaces of an apartment building. The vision is to provide the residents with a functional space rich in experiential qualities.
Puukuokka served as a pilot case to develop and test a CLT based system of volumetric modules. Working with CLT enabled several important aspects in the project: The use of CLT made it possible to create a spacious hallway and atrium space with a lot of light realized in an energy efficient manner as a semi-warm space. Thanks to the insulating qualities of massive wood, the use of CLT allows for controlling the temperature of the individual apartments independently from that of the hallway space. In addition, the use of prefabricated volumetric CLT modules made it possible to integrate the piping for heat, water, electricity and ventilation in the wall structure in the hallway allowing for an efficient organization of the plan and making it possible to maximize the space allotted for each apartment.
The prefabricated modules are made of spruce. Each apartment is composed of two modules, one housing the living room, the balcony and the bedroom, the other housing the bathroom, the kitchen and the foyer area. The use of prefabricated modules made it possible to cut the construction time on site down to six months and to reduce the exposure to weather conditions. That made it possible to achieve a higher quality in the end result. Working with CLT also made it possible to create a building with a primary load bearing structure and frame fully made of wood. The CLT modules are prefabricated in a local factory in Hartola less than two hours away from the site of Puukuokka.
On January 12, 2016 at 6 pm Anssi Lassila will give a lecture at the Boston Architectural College, Cascieri Hall.
The title of the lecture is “Of Things Small and Large”. In this talk Anssi Lassila will address the question of scale from several different points of view. Using various projects executed in wood by OOPEAA, he will illustrate how the dimension of scale, of small and large, manifests itself in architecture.
The event is part of Spring 2016 Student Lecture Series in BAC. Lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about the event and the lecture series, see here
Today, 7th of January, Anssi Lassila will hold a lecture about Puukuokka in Trondheim, Norway. The lecture is part of a course organized by Tekna.
Find more info and full program here
The Puukuokka Housing Block designed by Anssi Lassila / OOPEAA has been selected winner of the Wood Prize 2015.
The Wood Prize is awarded annually as a sign of recognition to a building, interior or structure that represents Finnish wood architecture of the highest quality or in which wood has been applied in a way that advances research and development in construction techniques in a significant way. The prize was given out for the first time in 1994 and it is now awarded for the 18th time. The prize is awarded by the Wood Information Center Finland.
Anssi Lassila is giving a lecture tomorrow on 26th of November at Helsinki. The event is part of Puupäivä (Wood Day) organized by Puuinfo Oy / the Wood Information Center Finland.
Puupäivä brings together hundreds of industry, commerce and local government and construction industry decision-makers. The program includes a number of high-level seminars about wooden architecture, building technology, research, wood industry and trade. For more information and the program, see here. The event is held at Wanha Satama in Helsinki.
The OOPEAA Helsinki office has moved to Töölö. The new office is located along the lively Hesperia esplanade just a few blocks away from the central Railway Station and right next to the Töölönlahti Bay park in the very center of Helsinki.
We share the space with Lunden Architects, a young architecture office focused on contemporary challenges of housing, cities and their development + innovations of building technology.
The space is located on the ground floor with access directly from the street. Its large storefront windows open up to the street allowing lots of light into the space and creating a dynamic atmosphere of interactivity.
Our new address in Helsinki is
OOPEAA, Eteläinen Hesperiankatu 8, FI-00100 Helsinki
November 14, 2015
Anssi Lassila, OOPEAA receives the Resident Act of the Year 2015 (Vuoden Asukastoimija) award in recognition for his work on extending the scale of the design for wooden housing onto the level of multistory apartment buildings with the design for the Puukuokka apartment block in Kuokkala, Jyväskylä.
The Puukuokka project is acknowledged for providing a forward looking solution that helps to create a less stressful living environment while also promoting local work opportunities in Finland and contributing to raising the quality grade of biomaterials. The apartment building is recognized for its special acoustic qualities and good sound isolation, for the good indoor air quality, and for the low energy consumption in heating made possible thanks to the insulating qualities of wood that allows for individualized temperature control of each apartment unit as well as for keeping the hallway spaces semi-warm.
Puukuokka was commissioned and built by Lakea Oy. JVR-rakenne served as the main contractor and the concept for the volumetric CLT modules was developed with Stora Enso who also produced the elements. The town plan for the site was developed in close collaboration with the City of Jyväskylä.
The Resident Act of the Year award is given out by the Association of Tenants and Homeowners in Finland. It is given out annually to a person or a project in recognition for an act that promotes solutions for better living.
This year the award ceremony was held in Ruissalo, Turku on November 14, 2015 at 15.00 in conjunction with the annual national seminar organized by the Association of Tenants and Homeowners in Finland on topical issues concerning living and housing.
Read more on Puukuokka here
Find the press release by the Association of Tenants and Homeowners in Finnish here
November 19, 2015 at 18.00, Blue Box
On November 11, 2015 Anssi Lassila will give a talk at the Bochum University of Applied Sciences. The event is part of the annual lecture series organized by the Department of Architecture at the Hochschule Bochum, one of top ten rated architecture schools in Germany with a CHE ranking. The guest lecturers in the series in previous years have included representatives of such architecture offices as Nieto Sobejano and Urban Catalyst Studio.
The lectures in the series are recognized as part of the program of professional education by the Nordrhrein-Westfalen Association of Architects.
For more information about the lecture series organized by the Department of Architecture at the Bochum University of Applied Sciences, see http://www.hochschule-bochum.de/fba.html
Sherin Wing’s new book Designing Sacred Spaces is now released on Amazon, find the book in here
OOPEAA is featured as one of seven architecture offices whose designs for sacred spaces are presented in the book. The Kärsämäki Shingle Church, Klaukkala Church and the Kuokkala Church are among the 20 buildings showcased in Designing Sacred Spaces. The book covers buildings providing spaces for religious practice from churches, mosques, synagogues and temples, monasteries and retreats located in Europe, Asia and North America. Complementing the richly illustrated case studies the book contains essays on the cultural, historical and theoretical meaning and importance of sacred spaces.
At the beginning of 2014 OOPEAA, with PEAB Ltd, won a competition organized by the Municipality of Kokkola for a new kindergarten. The construction started in June 2014 and this autumn, the building is put into use.
Located in a suburban residential area, the building is organized on the lot in an L-shape, around the yard, located towards south to get the best insulation. The layout separates the yard from the street on the north side of the site and from the parking, protecting the playground in a gentle way.
The building fits the scale of the neighborhood but marks its presence with its sculptural roof system and its clean use of façade materials. On the outer façade, white brickwork blends with the prevailing colours of the existing buildings.The outer façade is playful, the square windows on the brick walls are placed irregularly on different heights to enable views for children of different ages. The yard façade is instead cladded with thin larch splints that will age in time turning grey and the openings on the courtyard side are big, full height windows, letting in the natural light and creating visual connection between indoor and outdoor spaces.
The accesses to the building are marked with strong, bright colours, identifying different functional units. The units are characterized by the same colours also inside the kindergarten, creating a seamless dialogue between the outside spaces and the interiors.
The main unit, emphasized by large openings painted in light green, is for public access. Through the yard, access is given to the educational units, each consisting of two class-groups. These are marked respectively by entrances carved in the building mass, cladded in spruce planks painted in yellow, magenta and blue. This color coding of educational units makes the building easy to orientate for small children.
The bearing structure is wooden, realized with a balloon frame system.
The colorful and playful feeling of the building is continued in the interior spaces. The interiors are characterized by an active corridor area, where “holes” in the walls host diverse and attractive functions. Mirrors, seats, bookshelves, boxes transform a traditional connective space in a new learning experience. The light paneled walls and neutral floors create a calm and soft background for the splashes of colour.
The main hall is characterized with a high lantern, flooding the space with natural light. A similar, but smaller lantern is located on top of one of the entrance halls.