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,


Kuopio City Theatre (@Kuopionteatteri) renovation & extension completed, photos by @tuomasuusheimo here: http://t.co/f4F2JBsP6U

Kuopio City Theatre (@Kuopionteatteri) renovation & extension completed, photos by @tuomasuusheimo here: http://t.co/f4F2JBsP6U

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.

Kilden wins Architizer A+ Jury Award

Kilden has been selected the recipient of the jury award among the five finalists in the Theaters & Performing Arts Centers category in the 2014 Architizer A+ Awards. The winners were announced on April 1st and the awards gala will be held in New York on May 15th.

The A+ Awards included more than 60 categories and received entries from 100 countries. Winners were chosen by the more than 300-people strong jury including such industry luminaries as Charles Renfro, Bjarke Ingels and Tom Kundig, as well as people from beyond architecture like Barry Bergdoll of MoMA. Selection for recognition was based on excellence in the following criteria: form, function, innovation, intent, and reality.

For more information visit: http://awards.architizer.com/winners