Think Corner Helsinki University by JKMM Architects

To add a contemporary layer of architecture between the well-known university buildings

Project Specs


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▼视频,video ©Mika Huisman

JKMM have just completed their Think Corner building for the University of Helsinki. The practice won the design competi-tion in 2015 and have since then worked with the University to give fruition to a new space that will make academic life and research more accessible to all Helsinki residents as well as visitors to the capital.

▼夜灯初上时的赫尔辛基大学思维角,Think Corner Helsinki University by night ©Mika Huisman


▼赫尔辛基大学思维角总平面图,master plan ©JKMM

The new building is positioned on a prominent corner site opposite the main University building designed by Carl Ludvig Engel in 1832 on one side and on the other it faces Aarne Ervi’s celebrated Porthania building from 1957 that also forms part of the Helsinki University central city campus.

the  Thin Corner is located at the edge of the Senate Square, the most important landmark in downtown Helsinki ©Mika Huisman


▼赫尔辛基大学思维角入口空间,entrance area of the Think Corner ©Tuomas Uusheimo

The Think Corner’s timber clad stepped entrances are like outdoor rooms inviting the public in but also creating a gene-rous urban realm that helps mediate between the existing two historic university buildings. The rest of the building is clad in plaster and Finnish granite from Viitasaari giving it the gravitas befitting of the neighbouring neo-classical architectural Engel designed ensemble at Senate Square.

▼赫尔辛基大学思维角内立面,internal facade of the Think Corner ©Tuomas Uusheimo

▼赫尔辛基大学思维角的木制楼梯,the timber clad staircase ©Tuomas Uusheimo


“We wanted the building to add a contemporary layer of architecture between the well-known university buildings. It creates a campus like feel yet has a distinct and unique identity that is about being in the city”, the project architect Tee-mu Toivio explains.

▼经改造后,焕然一新的赫尔辛基大学思维角,the Think Corner with its brand new facade after renovation ©Tuomas Uusheimo


Inside a double story atrium opens the building creating a generous space that feels public. The second floor has further accommodation for the Think Corner including hot desking facilities and events space. The third, fourth and fifth floors are dedicated to offices. On the sixth floor at the very top there is a wrap-around balcony with views over central Helsinki.

▼赫尔辛基大学思维角多功能用途的活动空间,the multi-functional events space ©Mika Huisman

▼天光为三层活动区带来光线 & 休息区,the events space on the third floor is lit by the skylight & the seating area ©Mika Huisman + ©Tuomas Uusheimo


Asmo Jaaksi at JKMM says, “We are very interested in design can be used to make an open and fair society. The Think Corner project is about doing just this by introducing new opportunities to people.”

▼楼梯细节,staircase detailed view ©Tuomas Uusheimo

This project is nominated to Mies van der Rohe Award in 2019.

▼场地平面图,site plan ©JKMM

▼一层平面图,plan 1F ©JKMM

▼三层平面图,plan 3F ©JKMM

▼立面图,elevation ©JKMM

▼剖面图,section ©JKMM

▼施工细节,detail ©JKMM

Project: Think Corner Helsinki University
Floor Area: 13 000 m2
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Program: Learning spaces, multifunctional spaces, event spaces, cafe, shop, offices
Status: completed in 2017
Client: Helsinki University

芬兰JKMM建筑师事务所 JKMM Architects
主创建筑师 Principal Architect: Teemu Toivio
主创建筑师 Principal Architect: Asmo Jaaksi
主创建筑师 Principal Architect: Teemu Kurkela 主创建筑师 Principal Architect: Samuli Miettinen主创建筑师 Principal Architect: Juha Mäki-Jyllilä

建筑师 Architect: Reetta Aarnio
建筑师 Architect: Christopher Delany
建筑师 Architect: Kirsti Larja
建筑师 Architect: Rami Lehtimäki
建筑师 Architect: Johanna Mustonen
合作单位 Cooperation Teams
结构设计 Structure Engineer: Sweco Rakennetekniikka Oy
暖通设计 HVAC Design: Insin ööritoimisto Leo Maaskola Oy
电气设计 Electrical Design: Granlund Oy
开发顾问 Property development consultant: SRV Rakennus Oy
Mies van der Rohe Award Nominee 2019

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