Helsinki Design Weekly
It’s the Grand Opening of the new Think Corner at the University of Helsinki today. Another interesting project is the Dipoli building in Otaniemi, Espoo, that has been renovated to its former glory and will function as the new HQ of Aalto University.
Think Corner, Yliopistonkatu 4
The former administrative building of the University of Helsinki has been renovated into a meeting place of science and society. It is now called Think Corner. JKMM Architects, a Finnish architects’ office, won the renovation design competition. © Helsingin yliopisto, Matti Pyykkö.
SRV-Rakennus Oy was selected as the main contractor in connection with the design competition. The renovation was carried out as an alliance project, which includes co-designing and co-building since an early phase. This way of working is rather new in Finland. © Helsingin yliopisto, Eliel Kilkki
The new versatile premises at Think Corner encourage people to spontaneously drop by, have a good time while learning, make noise while working together and experience interesting encounters. You can reserve a space for working or for an event, grab a table or a booth, or just drop by to see what is going on. © Helsingin yliopisto, rendering.
The renewed Think Corner is full of opportunities, modifiable co-working spaces and relaxed atmosphere, which we celebrate at the Grand Opening on September 20. At the opening, you can be among the first to explore the premises and the programme for the autumn. © Helsingin yliopisto, Matti Pyykkö
© Helsingin yliopisto, Matti Pyykkö
Dipoli, Otakaari 24
Dipoli is a building completed in 1966, located in Otaniemi, Espoo. It is owned by the Aalto University Student Union. It was built to function as the student union house of former Helsinki University of Technology (TKK). Dipoli has been renovated into its former glory to function as the new HQ of Aalto University. © Tuomas Uusheimo
The purpose of the renovation was to restore the building’s original architecture. For example, some of the skylights and concrete floors have been restored to their original look and feel. © Tuomas Uusheimo
The building also features new furniture and three new restaurants. The restaurants want to attract visitors from all over Espoo and Helsinki. Building’s interior design is made by Tuuli Sotamaa. © Mikko Raskinen
Large ballrooms are available for meetings, catering and events. © Mikko Raskinen
© Tuomas Uusheimo