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: View

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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.

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 renovation project.