Sara Hildén Art Museum

The open international competition for the new building of Sara Hildén Art Museum was organised by Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Sara Hildén Foundation and the City of Tampere in the autumn of 2020. Our proposal for the new art museum becomes a part of the brick architecture in the Finlayson area, and it is respectful towards the scale of its surroundings. The architecture of the building is straightforward, creating the newest layer to the historical industrial environment. The new mass builds up towards the east which turns into an impressive entrance for the industrial area. There is a sophisticated change in the scale of the gallery spaces while touring the exhibitions. It creates a slowly expanding series of rooms where the largest exhibition space is elevated from the level of the busy street.

Sara Hildén Art Museum

Open competition shared 3rd place

Nihti Kindergarten

mini competition 1st prize

Kindergarten Nihti

We won Helsinki city’s competition to design Nihti kindergarten in Kalasatama. Kalasatama is a new urban neighborhood built one of the former harbours of central Helsinki. In our concept a large green roof adapts to the block scale and a wooden facade opens up towars the children’s yard.

Hyytiälä forestry field station

University of Helsinki organised a competition to design and realise a new main building for Hyytiälä forestry field station in 2020. We won the competition in collaboration with Siklatilat. The station hosts year-round facilities for field work and scientific meetings. The new main building is designed to adopt to the scale of the old courtyard: the building is split into five small pavilions under a connecting roof. The main volume with learning spaces and the restaurant is visible from the entrance driveway, wishing visitors welcome and opening up the acitivities of the station to the surroundings. The accommodation rooms are each accessible from the terrace, creating the atmosphere of a single outdoor cabin in the woods. The new building will serve as a living lab for wooden architecture during its lifespan.

Kindergarten Vanhainen

We won the mini competition to design Vanhainen Kindergarten in Northern Helsinki in 2020. The kindergarten creates a landmark by the neighborhood’s main road Soittajantie. The kindergarten has learning environments for 224 children, and it also serves the community for gathering and evening activities. Our concept has a playful threefold roof, which slopes towards the courtyard, forming a sheltered terrace area. Wood is used both on the exterior and interior. The project will qualify for Joutsenmerkki environmental certificate.



Vanhainen Kindergarten

mini competition 1st prize

Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station

1st prize (in association with Siklatilat)

Sipoonlahti Campus

Our team won the invited architectural competition for Sipoonlahti school (2015-16) together with Architects Frondelius+Keppo+Salmenperä Ltd. The project’s aim is to extend the existing school building and kindergarten, transform the existing buildings into a future learning environment and to develop the surrounding area into an open sports and learning park. The competition task was exceptionally broad: together with our pedagogic designer, we developed a pedagogic concept for the school and drafted the school’s room program as a part of the competition.

Our team started designing the campus area in spring 2016. Our registered collaborative Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen Ltd. and Architects Frondelius+Keppo+Salmenperä Ltd. holds the overall design contract of the campus. Other design field act as our subcontractors.

Architects: Anssi Kankkunen, Hilla Rudanko, Mikko Kilpeläinen, Valter Rutanen, Jaakko Keppo, Matti Sten, Jari Frondelius, Juha Salmenperä

Metsäkalteva School