Renovation of an extraordinary building. Aalto University Main Building by ALA Architects

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Architects
Original Design.- Raili & Reima Pietilä. Renovation.- ALA Architects
Project team
ALA partners Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta and Samuli Woolston with Toni Laurila, Pekka Sivula, Simo Nuojua, Lotta Kindberg, Tiina Liisa Juuti, Marlène Oberli-Räihä, Mirja SIllanpää and Sari Vesanen
Collaborators
Workspace (office space concept), Creadesign (service design), Kristo Vesikansa (conservation), Ramboll Finland (building services engineering), Palotekninen insinööritoimisto Markku Kauriala (fire safety), Vahanen Group (structural design), Tuuli Sotamaa (interior design), Helimaki Acoustics (acoustics design), Suurkeittiö-Insinööritoimisto Rita Pulli (kitchen design)
Client
Aalto University Properties
Main contractor
NCC Building
Suppliers
Kiimingin kaluste (fixed furnishings), Suur-Helsingin Kirvestyö (door restoration), Vanalinna Ehitus (window restoration), Idea-Puu (restoration of auditorium chairs), Artisan Rinaldo (restoration of lighting fixtures), OUTrading (lowered ceiling in student cafeteria), Melodrama (stage velours)
Location
Otakaari 24, 02150 Espoo, Finland
Area
12400.0 m²
Dates
Completed, the building re-opened for fall semester 2017

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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