Puukuokka Housing Block is presented in the Biennial Review 2016

posted on June 14th 2016 in News

Biennial Review 2016 exhibition opening at the Museum of Finnish Architecture on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Biennial Review of Finnish Architecture for 2016 presents 15 jury-selected projects completed between July 2013 and June 2015. Puukuokka is one of the three projects selected to be highlighted in more detail in the Review.

The Biennial Review continues a tradition that began in the 1950s. It highlights interesting examples of contemporary Finnish architecture, aiming to stimulate discussion on topical themes in architecture. It is targeted at both Finnish and international audiences.

The jury was chaired by Ole Bouman, an internationally renowned Dutch architecture curator, polemic commentator and founding director of Design Society, an initiative due to open in Shenzhen; China in 2017. His fellow jury members were Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen, senior architect in the Department of Cultural Environment Protection at the National Board of Antiquities and architect Hilla Rudanko. Expert input was provided by Helena Soimakallio from the Finnish Association of Civil Engineers.

The review is organized by the Alvar Aalto Foundation, the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA.

For more information on the Review 2016 visit http://www.biennialreview.finnisharchitecture.fi/


Review 2016 Exhibition

The Review 2016 exhibition is on show at the Museum of Finnish Architecture from June 15 to October 2, 2016. In the exhibition, the projects are presented through photographs, drawings and scale models. A video has also been made of each project.

For more information on the Review 2016 visit


Finnish Architecture 2016 Publication

The richly illustrated accompanying publication provides a contemporary analysis of what is happening on the Finnish architecture scene today, with diverse perspectives provided by the jury chairman Ole Bouman and the contributing authors, David Basulto, co-founder of the architecture website ArchDaily, and Otso Kantokorpi, a Helsinki-based art critic, writer and curator. The book was edited by Juulia Kauste and Essi Rautiola. (ISBN 978-952-5195-50-7)

Puukuokka Housing Block, Jyväskylä 2014 in the Biennial Review

The jury selected Puukuokka to the Biennial Review as a pioneering new sample of wooden architecture. The eight-storey block of flats takes wooden residential architecture to unprecedented heights in both scale and distinctive creative expression. It is a pilot case testing new CLT (cross-laminated timber) technology. Each of the flats is assembled from two prefabricated CLT volumetric modules lifted into place and joined to the stairwell. Puukuokka furthermore represents an innovative residential funding model.


OOPEAA is designing a new multi-storey wooden apartment building to be built in Joensuu

posted on June 13th 2016 in News

Construction of the six-storey wooden apartment building in Penttilä, Joensuu is starting today. 

The building is the first multi-storey wooden apartment building in Joensuu. It has been commissioned by the Joensuun Pihapetäjä Housing Cooperative owned by the Karelian Culture Promotion Foundation (KKES) and it provides 40 rental units of affordable housing. The structure of the building is based on prefabricated volumetric modules made of cross-laminated timber (CLT). The choice of wood as a building material reflects the special attention paid to the energy efficiency of the building. The building will feature solar panels as well as a waste-water heat recovery system.

For more information on the project on the Karelian Culture Promotion website in Finnish see here



For more information on the Energy Efficient Wooden Apartment Building development project visit www.joensuunpihapetaja.fi

Karelian Culture Promotion (KKES) is a Finnish Foundation for the purpose of Karelian support and development of spiritual and material, as well as the cultivation of Karelian tradition of nurturing Finland. The Foundation is based in Joensuu and the operating range of North Karelia and South Karelia.


Anssi Lassila will be lecturing at the VISION: Future of the Built Environment event held at Olympia in London

posted on June 6th 2016 in News

VISION: Future of the Built Environment

Olympia Central

Hammersmith Road

London, W14 8UX

June 7-8, 2016


VISION focuses on innovative building products, materials and technology and provides ideas for new and inventive ways to achieve better building design. VISION event is a two-day education program and a place where architects, specifiers, clients and suppliers come together to discuss, debate and showcase the latest innovations and developments in architecture, design and the built environment. 

Further details of this year’s event can be found at: www.visionlondon.com



Tuesday, June 7th 2016, 16:00 – 16:20

Location: Theatre 3

Category: Offsite & Modular Construction

The Puukuokka apartment scheme is the first eight-storey high wooden apartment building in Finland. Anssi Lassila, founder and director of OOPEAA will be outlining the lessons from the project, which trialled a cross-laminated timber (CLT) based system of volumetric modules. In his talk, he will discuss the benefits of a modular structure making use of CLT in multi-storey housing.



Tuesday, June 7th 2016, 16:30 – 16:50

Location: Theatre 3

Category: Offsite & Modular Construction 

Following the lecture, Anssi Lassila will also participate in a panel discussion and Q&A on offsite and modular construction. The discussion will center around the question: Does prefabricated and modular construction really deliver benefits for clients? Or does it only really work for special cases? Matt Stevenson, Managing Director of Carbon Dynamic, Holly Porter, Founding Director of Surface to Air Architects, and Ged Couser,

Architect Director of BDP will also be joining the discussion.


Plan Forum Perspective EU 2016

posted on May 24th 2016 in News


Venice, Lido

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Society: Creating a More Friendly Built Environment

Anssi Lassila will be lecturing at the Perspective 2016 Forum organized by Plan on Lido in Venice 

In this lecture Anssi Lassila will focus on presenting some of the most recent work of OOPEAA, the Periscope Tower and the Suvela Chapel, both just in the final stages of construction right now. He will look at the work of OOPEAA through the lense of these two projects with a focus on the aspect of the contribution of architecture in creating a more friendly built environment.

For the full program for the conference, visit http://perspective.theplan.it/download/Perspective_2016_Program.pdf

Anssi Lassila has extensive experience in working with wood in architecture. In his approach he emphasizes the potential embedded in exploring new methods and techniques as a means of developing new solutions in building. In his work he puts a particular emphasis on creating architecture in a human scale. The interaction between the building and its surrounding context is of special importance to him. 


Anssi Lassila will be lecturing in Ljubljana at the Big Architecture 16 conference.

posted on April 20th 2016 in News

BA16‐ Big Architecture 16

At the Slovenian Design Center

In Ljubljana

At 3 pm on Thursday, April 21, 2016

Pushing the Boundaries of Wood

Each year (since 2008) organizer Zavod Big hosts an architecture conference that aims to bring together exceptional architectural practitioners and thinkers to present their work, views and vision around a timely theme of particular relevance and importance. This year the theme is Pushing the Boundaries of Wood.

In previous years some world‐renown practices have participated in the program, UN Studio (Netherlands), Snøhetta AS (Norway), NL Architects (Netherlands), Eduard Francois (France), Grimshaw Architects (UK), C.F. Møller Architects (Denmark), Nieto Sobejano (Spain), Carme Pinos (Spain), and Zvi Hecker (Germany) among many others. (For more information, see here)

This year the conference will explore the potentials of wooden architecture as a tool for innovative and sustainable future construction development. It aims to present positive examples of overcoming the impossible, of constructing multi‐storey wooden buildings and pushing the boundaries of wooden constructions. 

In this lecture Anssi Lassila will focus on presenting the Puukuokka Apartment Block as an example of housing in wood on a large scale. 

For the full program for the conference, see here 

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Anssi Lassila lecturing at 57°10 Lecture Series in Scotland

posted on March 23rd 2016 in News

Anssi Lassila, OOPEAA

57°10 Lecture Series

Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment

Robert Gordon University

Aberdeen, Scotland

March 24, 2016 at 17.00 

Anssi Lassila of OOPEAA will give a talk in the 57°10 architecture lecture series at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment in Aberdeen, Scotland. In his lecture, Anssi Lassila will discuss the role of a collaborative design process and an active engagement with skillful craftsmanship in creating architecture.

57°10 is an architecture society with a mission of inspiring students and future architects by exposing them to topics beyond the discourse of the school. The society, 57°10, has been running for 27 years and invites guest lecturers to the school to talk about the ideas and projects explored by their practices. Some of the previous guests include renowned architects such as Andreas Deplazes, Snøhetta and Zaha Hadid. This season the speakers include Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen of Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Reiulf Ramstad, among others. 

For more information about the lecture series, see here



posted on March 3rd 2016 in News


Four projects by OOPEAA have been selected to be presented in the exhibition “In Therapy” in the Nordic Pavilion at the architecture biennale in Venice 2016.

Puukuokka will be featured as one of the nine projects to be highlighted as uniquely representative of the contemporary Nordic scene.

In addition, House Riihi, Sauna Tonttu and the Kuokkala Church will be presented in the exhibition as part of the survey of contemporary Nordic architecture.

About the Exhibition

In Therapy: Nordic Countries Face to Face is curated by David Basulto of ArchDaily with James Taylor-Foster as assistant curator. It relates to Alejandro Aravena’s overall theme of the 2016 Venice Biennale “Reporting From the Front”, focusing on specific challenges being faced in the Nordic region. 

The exhibition uses the structure of Abraham Maslow’s 1954 ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ as an analytical lens and an observational springboard from which to explore and investigate architectural projects that have been instrumental in constructing contemporary Nordic society. The projects to be included in the exhibition were selected on the basis of their contribution to the current condition of Nordic society.

The Nordic participation at the Venice biennale is a collaboration between the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki, the National Museum’s Department of Architecture, Oslo, and ArkDes – the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, Stockholm.

You can find the press release on the exhibition here 

OOPEAA Projects in the Exhibition

Puukuokka (2016) will be examined in depth as an example of Finnish architecture in the category Foundational, which focuses on architecture that cares for basic needs, encompassing (but not limited to) shelter, healthcare, and educational facilities. 

House Riihi (2014) will be presented as one of the projects in the larger survey of contemporary Nordic architecture in the category Foundational.

Kuokkala Church (2010) is included in the category Belonging, which highlights architecture that enacts public programs and creates public space in which society gathers; the places where individuals become citizens and relate to one another. This includes (but is not limited to) sacred spaces, civic (institutional, cultural and recreational), workplace (office and retail), and infrastructural projects.

Sauna Tonttu (2010) will be presented in the category Recognition, which showcases architecture that recognizes and reflects upon certain processes in Nordic society, and its values. As the embodiment of a highly developed nation, projects that fall into this category have a reflective position on society and highlight its latent values (including but not limited to monuments, memorials, and projects which engage with the natural landscape).

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The Countdown Clock for the Lahti World Championships by OOPEAA Unveiled

posted on February 23rd 2016 in News

The countdown clock for the Lahti World Championships in Nordic Skiing in 2017 was officially started on February 19, 2016.

The countdown clock for the Lahti World Championships in Nordic Skiing has been designed by Anssi Lassila / OOPEAA. The clock is counting down time to the championships starting in February next year.

Environmental responsibility is a core value for Lahti in hosting the championships. Responding to that theme the clock is made of cross laminated timber, CLT, produced with local materials. It has been realized in collaboration with Stora Enso, the lead sponsor of the championships, who has provided the material for the clock, and built by students at the Lahti University of Applied Sciences and at the Salpaus Further Education.

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Puukuokka highlighted at the Venice Biennale 2016

posted on February 18th 2016 in News


Puukuokka by OOPEAA has been chosen as one of the nine highlighted projects to represent Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish architecture at the Venice Biennale in 2016.

David Basulto, curator of In Therapy: Nordic Countries Face to Face – the exhibition at the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2016 — has announced that 500 submissions were received following an Open Call. Of these, 300 projects have been selected to form a contemporary survey of Nordic architecture and will form the central body of the show. Nine have been chosen as uniquely representative of the contemporary Nordic scene and will be presented in depth.

In Therapy will use the structure of Abraham Maslow’s 1954 ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ as an analytical lens and an observational springboard from which to explore and investigate architectural projects that have been instrumental in constructing contemporary Nordic society. The exhibition is composed around three categories, each consisting of three projects: Foundational, Belonging and Recognition. According to Basulto: “The exhibition will uncover the fascinating disjunction between the typical world view of the Nordic countries as highly developed, socially progressive nations, and seek to reveal the enormous challenges which they face, with architecture—as a spatial, social, and cultural practice—at its epicentre.”

2016 La Biennale di Venezia is curated by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena. The theme of the Biennale is “Reporting from the Front”. The Biennale is open to the public 28.5.– 27.11.2016.

Find more info on the exhibition here

Find more info on Puukuokka here