Topping out Aalto station

The Aalto University metro station had its topping out ceremony on the 7th of May. This is the first station on the new western extension reaching this stage. The station will be finished by the end of the year and it will open to the public in the autumn of 2016. All underground areas as well as the skylight pyramid and Tietotie entrance have been designed by ALA.


Kuopio Theatre selected as Architizer A+ Award finalist

Following Kilden's success last year, Kuopio City Theatre has now been selected as one of the five finalists in the 2015 Architizer A+ Awards for the Cultural: Hall / Theater typology category. Public voting period is open until April 3rd and winners will be announced on April 14th.

Votes can be cast at:

Kilden, Kuopio Theatre and Helsinki Central Library on view at Museum of Finnish Architecture

Three projects by ALA – Kilden Performing Arts CentreHelsinki Central Library and the renovation and expansion of the Kuopio City Theatre - will be included in the exhibition Suomi Seven: Emerging Architects from Finland at the Museum of Finnish Architecture. The exhibition concentrating on the latest developments in Finnish architecture was first shown at Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt in fall 2014 and opens to the public in Helsinki on March 24, 2015. It is co-produced by Deutsches Architekturmuseum, the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Architecture Information Centre Finland. Other offices included in the exhibition are Anttinen Oiva Architects, Esa Ruskeepää Architects, OOPEAA, Rudanko + Kankkunen and Verstas. 

More information about Suomi Seven can be found on the website of the Museum of Finnish Architecture.

Helsinki Central Library Plan Approved

On January 28th the Helsinki City Council voted 75-8 to approve the Design Development phase of the Central Library, effectively completing its full budget of 98M€. ALA will now proceed into Construction Documents preparation. Ground work on the library site in Töölönlahti will begin in September 2015 and the main construction a year later. The library will open to the public in December 2018.