ALA to renovate Dipoli

ALA, together with the multidisciplinary team consisting of Creadesign, Workspace and architect Kristo Vesikansa, has been selected to design the renovation of Dipoli, Raili and Reima Pietilä’s iconic student union building for the students of Helsinki University of Technology. The 1960s building was bought by Aalto University Properties last spring and will now be repurposed to function as the University’s new main building. The design team will be responsible for creating the concept for an accessible, modifiable, up-to-date university building that functions as a showcase for the whole academic community. For ALA, this will be the second remarkable Pietilä

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ALA to renovate iconic Pietilä -designed Dipoli for @AaltoUniversity #architecture http://t.co/cyx7LMI36e http://t.co/z5gzZLJqCB

ALA to renovate iconic Pietilä -designed Dipoli for @AaltoUniversity #architecture http://t.co/cyx7LMI36e http://t.co/z5gzZLJqCB

Kuopio Theatre reopens

ALA has now completed the renovation and expansion of Kuopio City Theatre. The public areas in the old building have been renovated to respectfully reflect their original design. The stage mechanics of the main stage have been completely updated. The expansion, a simple rectangular volume located perpendicularly to the existing volume, houses the new flat-floored studio stage with flexible seating and stage mechanics. To connect the old and new volumes, the public foyer has been extended with a bridge-like structure. The foyer extension forms a canopy over a new outdoor auditorium. When approaching the theater from the city center, the only visible alteration is the 4-meter add-on of the original stage tower, which forms a glowing glass lantern that leaves the distinctive shape of the old tower recognizable while inviting the public to the performances. 

For more information and images see the project page.

Helsinki Central Library Animation

A brand new animation about the Helsinki Central Library was published at a presentation of the project's schematic design phase held on September 12th.

The English language version of the animation can be viewed here and the Finnish language version here.

We have also added several new renderings to the Central Library project site.

Kilden, Kuopio City Theatre and Helsinki Central Library on view in Frankfurt

Three projects by ALA – Kilden Performing Arts Centre, Helsinki Central Library and the renovation and expansion of the Kuopio City Theatre - will be included in the exhibition Suomi Seven: Emerging Architects from Finland. The exhibition concentrating on the latest developments in Finnish architecture opens to the public on September 6, 2014 at Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt am Main. It is co-produced by the 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 at the websites of Deutsches Architekturmuseum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture.