ALA Architects Wins New Lumière University Lyon 2 Learning Centre Competition

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ALA Architects
Competition team
ALA partners Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki and Samuli Woolston with Filippo Dozzi, Rafael Gutiérrez Moreno, Alina Moise, Marlène Oberli-Räihä and Aleksi Vuola
Project Team
ALA partners Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki and Samuli Woolston with Eva Geitel, Rafael Gutiérrez Moreno, Anniina Kortemaa, Marlène Oberli-Räihä, Alexander Tchoubanov and Aleksi Vuola
Nicolas Favet Architectes (architect partner), Mayot & Toussaint (landscape design), Quadriplus Groupe (engineering), Theatre Projects Consultants (acoustics), Olivier Tacheau (library consultancy), Nomadd (visualizations).
Lumière University of Lyon 2
In progress, construction set to start in late 2019

Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Samuli Woolston ALA Architects

ALA Architects. The Helsinki–based firm was founded in 2005 by four partners: Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta and Samuli Woolston after winning the 1st prize in the open international competition for the new theater and concert hall in Kristiansand, Norway. Kilden Performing Arts Centre opened in 2012.

Today, ALA is today run by Grönholm, Nousjoki and Woolston, and in addition to them employs 36 architects, interior designers, students and staff members, representing 12 nationalities.

ALA’s most recent completed projects are the new City Theatre in Lappeenranta, Finland, Aalto University and Keilaniemi metro stations in Espoo, Finland, and the renovation of the Dipoli student union building in Espoo and its repurposing as the main building of Aalto University. Our current projects include the Helsinki Central Library, three more subway stations along the western extension of Helsinki Metro, the renovations of the Finnish Embassies in New Delhi and Cairo, a new hotel in Tampere, Finland, as well as the expansion of Helsinki Airport.

In addition to having designed major public buildings in Finland and abroad, the partners have taught architecture in Finland, and at Columbia University and Washington University in St. Louis’ Helsinki International Semester. In 2012 they received the prestigious Finnish State Prize for Architecture.



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