'Snow Cape'. Finnish Pavilion Dubai Expo 2020 by JKMM Architects

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Design team
Teemu Kurkela, Lead architect, Architect SAFA. Gregor Turnsek, Project Architect, Architect, Peter Vuorenrinne, Designer. Päivi Aaltio, Architect SAFA.
Marko Pulli, Architect. Asmo Jaaksi, Architect SAFA. Samuli Miettinen, Architect SAFA. Juha Mäki-Jyllilä, Architect SAFA.
Teemu Kurkela, Lead architect, Architect SAFA. Gregor Turnsek, Project Architect, Architect. Päivi Puukari, Architect SAFA. Mikko Kyläkoski, BIM Coordinator. Jarno Vesa, Interior Architect SIO. Tatu Laakso, Designer. Asmo Jaaksi, Architect SAFA. Samuli Miettinen, Architect SAFA. Juha Mäki-Jyllilä, Architect SAFA.
Päivi Meuronen, Interior Architect SIO. Rami Lehtimäki, Interior Architect.
Futudesign Exhibition architecture.
Flatlight Creative House, Story and video design, art direction & graphic
Sun Effects, Lighting, sound and video design.
JKMM Architects, Coordination and exhibition integration.
Architect of record / consultant UAE.- NSD Architectural Consultants (Dubai, UAE).
KONE x JKMM Custom-made elevator.
Main exhibition and VIP entrance sliding doors.
Halton x JKMM Low-velocity air ventilation system.
Stone from Finland x JKMM Custom-made stone paving.
Table tops in VIP restrooms.
SAAS Instruments x JKMM Light installation in high entrance space.
Gorge lights (LED stripe and spotlights).
Pavilion outdoor light projectors.
Isku x JKMM VIP furniture integration and coordination.
Lasilinkki x JKMM Custom glass panels (VIP meeting room doors).
Satu Nisu x JKMM Wall textiles for VIP spaces.
Genelec x JKMM Audio system integration for Gorge space.
Business Finland.
Main Contractor.- Cimolai Rimond (Dubai, United Arab Emirates).
Project management and general contractor.- Expomobilia AG (Switzerland).
Total gross floor area 1867 m².
Main Measurements.-  15 m high / 19 m wide / 49 m long / 3 levels.
Total area of white “Snow Cape” i.e. façade fabric surface: approximately 2000 m²
Total area of wooden wall surface in the “Gorge”: 750 m²
Total length of wooden slats in the Gorge wall: more than 22 km
Maximum height of the tent-like entrance opening: 13 m
Maximum height of triangular entrance opening to the Gorge: 7.5 m
Maximum height of the Gorge: 15 m
More than 4000 granite tiles form the pavement in the main entrance and Gorge area.
More than 2000 granite tiles form the artistic pattern in the shallow lakes in front of the pavilion.
Competition, 1st Prize 2018.
Design and construction.- 2018 - 2021.
Expo Dubai 2020 is located in Dubai South. The Finland pavilion is located in the thematic area corresponding to Mobility.

Architects JKMM

JKMM Architects is a group of architects and designers based in Helsinki, Finland. We started in 1998 with four founding partners – Asmo Jaaksi, Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen and Juha Mäki-Jyllilä. Today, we are a team of more than 70 people.

The American Architectural Record chosen JKMM as one of the “10 Emerging New Firms in the World”. Our works have been presented in various exhibitions including Venice Biennale, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Finnish Architecture.

  • Hurraa! 2016 Award, The New Harald Herlin Learning Centre
  • Finnish Glass Structure Award 2016, OP Financial Group's New Headquarter
  • Rose for Building 2015, OP Financial Group's New Headquarter
  • Steel Structure 2015, OP Financial Group's New Headquarter
  • Tekla Global BIM Awards –award 2014, Total Bim -category, OP Financial Group's New Headquarter
  • Concrete Structure of 2012, Seinäjoki Library
  • Lighting project of the year 2011, exterior, Saunalahden Lastentalo
  • Shanghai Expo 2010, best pavilion design and architecture, kategory B, Kirnu, BIE (Bureau International des Expositions)
  • Finnish State Award of Architecture 2007
  • Steel Structure of 2007, Verkatehdas Cultural Center
  • Glass Structure of 2007, Verkatehdas Cultural Center
  • Forum Aid Prize, Best Nordic Interior 2007, nominee, Verkatehdas Cultural Center
  • Concrete Structure of 2007, Turku City Library
  • Frame The Great Indoors-Award-Nominee 2007, Viikki church
  • Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Award, Viikki church, 2006
  • Pietilä Award, 2006

Asmo Jaaksi, Principal Architect, Amos Rex
Architect SAFA, partner

Asmo Jaaksi (born in 1966) studied architecture at Tampere University of Technology graduating 1997. He is a founding part- ner of JKMM Architects and has specialised in designing public buildings. His works reflect the values of inclusiveness and humanity combined with practicality and focus on materiality and details. Asmo Jaaksi’s major works as the principal architect are: Amos Rex art museum; Academy of Fine Arts building in Helsinki; Think Corner in University of Helsinki; OP Financial Group headquarters; Seinäjoki City Library; Turku Main Library; and Joensuu University Aurora building.

Freja Ståhlberg-Aalto, Project Architect, Amos Rex
Architect SAFA

Freja Ståhlberg-Aalto (born in 1973) graduated in Architecture from Helsinki University of Technology in 2001. At JKMM, she has been involved in the design of award winning buildings such Seinäjoki Public Library, Verkatehdas Arts & Congress Cen- tre and Turku New City Library. Since 2014, she has worked as the project architect of Amos Rex. She is now in the final phase of her doctoral research project focusing on the role of aesthet- ics in the care environment. She has held a part time teaching position at the Department of Architecture, Aalto University.

Päivi Meuronen, Architect specialising in Interiors, Amos Rex
Interior Architect SIO

Päivi Meuronen (1967) graduated in Interior Architecture from the University of Art and Design, Helsinki and has been the driving force behind JKMM Architects’ interior designs since 2003. She leads a team of 18 at JKMM specialising in interiors. The team has been successful in creating projects where JKMM’s architecture and interior design form a seamless unity. JKMM’s interior for the recently restored Alvar Aalto designed library in Otaniemi was awarded the Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2017.

Katja Savolainen, Restoration Architect, Amos Rex
Architect SAFA

Katja Savolainen (born in 1969) graduated in Architecture from Helsinki University of Technology in 1999. She has been special- ising in conservation architecture since 2000. In 2004 she joined JKMM where, as part of the Amos Rex project, she has been responsible for the restoration of the Functionalist Lasipalatsi building in addition to a number of other historically significant projects around Finland. Katja has also been teaching and re- searching traditional building methods and their restoration with a particular interest in wooden structures.



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