Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

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Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

Helsinki firm Arkkitehdit NRT designed these workshop facilities for Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences in Finland.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

Top and above: photographer unknown

The workshops are mostly underground, with a glazed pavilion on the ground floor designed to showcase students' work.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

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Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

Photography is by Tuomas Uusheimo apart from where stated.

The information that follows is from the architects:


WORKSHOP KYMENLAAKSO UAS, KOUVOLA
Architect’s short description (by Teemu Tuomi)

Workshop building is a part of Kymenlaakso UAS campus.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

The task was to place relatively large workshop spaces at the campus area consisting of old army barracks without disturbing the hierarchy of the built environment.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

The building is planned for students studying design and restoration.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

Workshops are linked to other university learning spaces so that students can use first classrooms and sketching rooms at old brick barrack and next move to workshops to realize their projects.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

The building was placed partly underground in order to maintain free views to and from the old parade square that is the heart of the campus area.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

The only part coming up through this ”ground level” is a class pavilion containing an exhibition space and a café.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

Above: photographer unknown

The pavilion is meant to act as a big showroom where student work can be lifted up to the ceiling and be shown to everyone arriving to the campus area.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

Since most of the spaces were placed partly underground, the natural lighting and colours was important to consider carefully.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

The class pavilion works as an enormous skylight giving light to the central parts of the building.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

The only facade not facing ground is facing south.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

The wall is made of glass and is covered with spectrum coloured metal mesh to protect spaces against over heating.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

Also almost all dividing walls inside are made of glass.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

Above: photographer unknown

The floors and ceiling are painted light or white colours in order to reflect light as deep in the building as possible.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

Above: photographer unknown

Some small exceptional details were also possible to devellope as the subscriber was hoping a tempting and inviting new building.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

Above: photographer unknown

For example skylights were transformed to periscopes by adding large mirrors both out and inside of the window.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

Above: photographer unknown

At daytime students can have a random view to upper level from workshops.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

In the evening a curious passer-by can see a glimpse of the lively work spaces underneath.

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT

Kymenlaakso UAS Workshop by Arkkitehdit NRT


See also:

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Mondragon University by Hoz Fontan Arquitectos Casal de la Juventud de
Novelda by CrystalZoo
PKU University of Law
by Kokaistudios
  • hercules

    they don´t copy sejima more, because they don´t know… shame on you

  • an architect

    …and so many architects have also used the same kind of nuances as De Stijl, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Oscar Niemayer….

  • Ramone

    Shouldn't styles and art be for everyone and not just for one architecht or artist for their personal fame and gain? It's our enviroment and culture we are talking about!