ERA

Esa Ruskeepää Architects

Bildungshaus. Scale model 1:200. CNC cut wood.
Bildungshaus. Scale model 1:200. CNC cut wood. Photograph © 2014 Thomas Miyauchi.

Bildungshaus

  • Public library
  • Competition (1st prize)
  • Wolfsburg, Germany 2013–

Project description

Bildungshaus is a public library and education center for the city of Wolfsburg, Germany. The site is located near Klieversberg Park in the vicinity of the Wolfsburg Cultural Center by Alvar Aalto (1962) and Wolfsburg City Theatre by Hans Scharoun (1973).

The building provides a platform for various types of learning from focused solitary study to collaboration and groupwork. Thematically organized collections are accompanied by lecture spaces, classrooms, educational kitchens, gyms, workshops, and music rehearsal rooms.

The design of the building is based on a set of geometric rules in plan, elevation and volume. A dynamic composition emerges from four highly symmetrical volumes and a simple square column grid of 7 x 7 meters. The structural frame is made of cast-on-site concrete. The ceiling grid is made of glulam hardwood. The building’s structural and technical concept was developed together with . The design is complemented by an extraordinary plantation concept by .

Project data

FieldRecord
ClientCity of Wolfsburg
TimelineCompetition 2013–2014, design development 2015– (on hold)
SizeGross floor area 16 500 m², net usable area 10 500 m²
Cost80 000 000 EUR (estimate)
Architect
TeamKlemen Breitfuss, Jussi Eskelinen, Matias Kotilainen, Thomas Miyauchi, Marlène Oberli, Simon Richardus, Rubén Tomás Verde, Lauri Virkola
CollaboratorsHENN (project manager, local partner), Arup (structural engineer, building services engineer), Fugmann Janotta Partner Landschaftsarchitekten und Landschaftsplaner (landscape architect), Tita Giese (horticultural consultant), Heinz Oberli (cost planning consultant)
Bibliography
  • “Bildungshaus”, The Finnish Architectural Review 4/2015, Sep 2015 (pp. 60-65)
  • “Aalto, Scharoun, Ruskeepää”, Bauwelt 7/2015, Feb 2015 (pp. 2, 10-11)
  • “Zweiter Finne in Wolfsburg – Wettbewerb für Bildungshaus entschieden”, BauNetz, 28 Jan 2015 (online article)
  • “Imposanter Bau – Wolfsburgs neues Bildungshaus”, Wolfsburger Allgemeine, 27 Jan 2015 (p. 10)
  • “Alvar Aalto saa suomalaisseuraa Wolfsburgiin – Esa Ruskeepää voitti kilpailun Wolfsburgin kaupunginkirjaston ja koulutuskeskuksen suunnittelusta Saksassa”, Helsingin Sanomat, 27 Jan 2015 (pp. B1-B2)
Opinmäki. Primary school on the left, secondary school in the middle and sportshall on the right.
Opinmäki. Primary school on the left, secondary school in the middle and sportshall on the right. Photograph © 2015 Antti Canth.

Opinmäki

  • Learning center
  • Competition (1st prize with Thomas Miyauchi)
  • Espoo, Finland 2011–2015

Project description

Opinmäki comprises premises for comprehensive education, early education and care, a public library, and sports and youth services of the city of Espoo, Finland. Situated in the center of the yet unfinished Suurpelto district, Opinmäki lends identity and provides space for the local community. Adult education, sports, and cultural events can take place simultaneously during pre-primary and comprehensive education hours, as well as after school hours.

A daycare center provides space for six groups of children, with ages ranging from under one to six years old. The international comprehensive school has approximately 1000 students and consists of nine grades from ages seven to 15. Developed in compliance with the Finnish national curriculum, Opinmäki is designed to prepare the next generation for an open, knowledge-based, and networked society.

The building is composed of nine rectangular volumes that form a compact, organic overall layout. The different parts of the building are optimized for a wide variety of uses. The resultant areas in between the rectangular volumes serve as communal spaces and intuitive entry points from all sides of the building. The largest volumes lend the building a distinct public character while smaller volumes create a playful backdrop for the schoolyard and playground.

The primary building material is concrete. The façades are custom-made brick laid on site.

Project data

FieldRecord
ClientCity of Espoo
TimelineCompetition 2011, design development 2012–2013, construction 2013–2015, completion 2015
SizeGross floor area 17 200 m², net usable area 10 300 m²
Cost52 500 000 EUR
Architect
TeamWillem-Anne van Bolderen, Klemen Breitfuss, Vesa Erikkilä (principal designer), Jussi Eskelinen, Tero Hirvonen, Matias Kotilainen, Sasu Marila (project architect), Thomas Miyauchi, Sanna Nordlander, Marlène Oberli, Nicola Prandini, Simon Richardus, Francesco Salvarani, André van Tulder, Rubén Tomás Verde, Lauri Virkola
CollaboratorsSRV (general contractor), Ramboll (structural engineer), Finnmap Infra (geotechnical engineer), Masu Planning (landscape architect), Wise Group (building services engineer), Insinööritoimisto Lausamo (electrical engineer), Insinööritoimisto Heikki Helimäki (acoustical engineer), KK-Palokonsultti (fire protection engineer), Insinööritoimisto Aulis Bertin (glass design consultant), Rita Pulli (kitchen consultant), Granlund (building energy simulation analyst), Gravicon (BIM consultant), Arto Palo (cost planning consultant)
Awards
  • EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award”, Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona, Spain, 2017 (nomination)
  • Educating Cities’ Award on Good Practices on Living Together in the Cities”, Asociación Internacional de Ciudades Educadoras, Barcelona, Spain, 2016 (winner)
  • Finlandia Prize for Architecture”, The Finnish Association of Architects SAFA, Helsinki, Finland, 2015 (nomination)
Exhibitions
  • “Mies van der Rohe Award 2017”, Palacios de Alfonso XIII y Victoria Eugenia, Barcelona, Spain, May–Jun 2017 (catalogue, pp. 70–71)
  • “Finnish Architecture – Biennial Review 2015–2016”, Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki, Finland, Jun–Oct 2016 (catalogue, cover, pp. 40–49)
  • “Suomi Seven – Emerging Architects from Finland”, Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany, Sep–Nov 2014 (catalogue, pp. 56–65)
  • “Nordic ID – Contemporary Nordic Architecture”, CHA, Moscow, Russia, May–Jun 2012 (catalogue, pp. 78–79)
Bibliography
  • “Offen für alle(s)”, Modulør 6/2017, Sep 2017 (pp. 82-83)
  • “Ein Fest fürs Auge – Architektur aus Finnland”, Architectural Digest, 16 Apr 2017 (online article)
  • “Opinmäki on rakentuvan Suurpellon keskeinen julkinen rakennus”, Betoni-lehti 1/2016, Mar 2016 (pp. 18-25)
  • “Opinmäki”, Project Baltia 3/2015 (no. 48), Dec 2015 (cover, pp. 64-68)
  • “Opinmäki”, Projektiuutiset 4/2015, Sep 2015 (pp. 60-69)
  • “Nerokas palapeli”, The Finnish Architectural Review 4/2015, Sep 2015 (cover, pp. 50-59)
  • “Helsinki Architects”, A+U 8/2012 (no. 503), Aug 2012 (pp. 102-103)
Tammisaari Art Museum. View towards the museum quarter entrance. Computer rendering.
Tammisaari Art Museum. View towards the museum quarter entrance. Computer rendering.

Tammisaari Art Museum

  • Art museum
  • Limited competition
  • Tammisaari, Finland 2018

Project description

The proposed new art museum is located at the historical town center of Tammisaari, Finland. Formally established in 1546 by Gustav Vasa of Sweden, Tammisaari is one of the oldest towns in Finland.

The new art museum joins a small assembly of local art and cultural institutions, many of which are housed in the original residential buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Situated at the corner of the block and visible from the market square, the new building creates an entry point to the cultural quarter and completes the transformation of a former domestic courtyard into a public domain.

The museum is organized into four floors that are identical in plan. The room height and use of daylight differs from floor to floor, providing opportunities to display a wide variety of art forms, from paintings to sculptures and media installations. Some floors can be divided into a series of small galleries.

The brick walls are laid on site as a single-leaf, monolithic structure. The cast-on-site concrete floors are capable of withstanding high concentrated loads without the use of columns. Passive measures such as thermal mass and solar orientation help create a self-regulating, robust, and comfortable indoor climate. A hybrid ventilation system supports the use of the building efficiently, with minimal technical efforts and interventions. The climate and energy concepts were developed in collaboration with .

The art museum is founded by a renowned Finnish human geneticist and philanthropist Albert de la Chapelle. Its collections include, among others, several paintings by Helene Schjerfbeck.

Project data

FieldRecord
ClientAlbert de la Chapelles konststiftelse
TimelineCompetition 2018
SizeGross floor area 1 200 m², net usable area 900 m²
Architect
TeamAntti Canth, Simon Mahringer, Andrei Poutanen
CollaboratorsTranssolar (building energy simulation analyst, building services engineer)
Campus Hellwinkel. The façades are affordable standard brick laid on site in a precise pattern.
Campus Hellwinkel. Construction site. Photograph © 2019 Schnepp Renou.

Campus Hellwinkel

  • Daycare center
  • Commission
  • Wolfsburg, Germany 2016–2020

Project description

Campus Hellwinkel in Wolfsburg, Germany, consists of a primary school built in the 1950’s, a daycare center and a planned student cafeteria. The daycare center, scheduled for completion in 2020, accommodates six groups of children, with ages ranging from under one to six years old.

The load-bearing structure of the daycare center is made of sand-lime brick walls and precast concrete slabs. The façades are affordable standard brick laid on site in a precise pattern. The reddish-brown color of the brick is complemented by mortar joints and aluminium windows in similar tones. The interior walls are rendered with lime plaster. The building utilizes both natural and mechanical ventilation. No synthetic materials have been used in construction.

The landscape design is by .

Project data

FieldRecord
ClientCity of Wolfsburg
TimelineCommission 2016, design development 2016–2018, construction 2019–2020, completion 2020
SizeGross floor area 1 600 m², net usable area 1 000 m²
Cost6 000 000 EUR
Architect
TeamAntti Canth, Zita Floret, Bertille Gosset, Matias Kotilainen, Simon Mahringer (project architect), Thomas Miyauchi, David Pfister
CollaboratorsDohle+Lohse Architekten (project manager, local partner), Wenzel + Wenzel (project manager, local partner), SUSG Ingenieurgesellschaft (structural engineer), GEO-LOG Ingenieurgesellschaft (geotechnical engineer), Vogt Landschaft (landscape architect), iwb Ingenieurgesellschaft (building services engineer), ims Ingenieurbüro Michael Schrader (electrical engineer), AAS (acoustical engineer), Brandschutzberatung Kröger (fire protection engineer), HR Ingeniergesellschaft für Fördertechnik (elevator consultant), BPR (drainage consultant), Büro Scholz (kitchen consultant), energum (building energy simulation analyst), Gerd-Rüdiger Sens Ingenieurbüro (health and safety coordinator)
Bibliography
  • “Näkymiä lähitulevaisuuteen”, The Finnish Architectural Review 6/2017, Dec 2017 (pp. 34-35)
Campus Bern BFH. View from under the A12 highway towards the new campus and the former oil tanks. Computer rendering.
Campus Bern BFH. View from under the A12 highway towards the new campus and the former oil tanks. Computer rendering.

Campus Bern BFH

  • University campus
  • Competition
  • Bern, Switzerland 2018

Project description

The proposed new campus for the Bern University of Applied Sciences and Bern University of the Arts is located at Weyermannshaus-Ost, a former industrial site in the center of the city of Bern, Switzerland.

The campus will accommodate 4600 students and 1300 employees from the departments of business, health care and social work of the Bern University of Applied Sciences and departments of music, opera and theater of the Bern University of the Arts. Educational and cultural programs, including multiple performance venues, will be made available for a wide audience outside the academic community. The presence of regional companies, startups, and art institutions will strengthen the campus’s role as a vessel of cultural and scientific exchange.

The architecture is based on a highly adaptable modular framework made exclusively of exposed structural timber and concrete. A column grid of 7.5 x 10 meters strikes a balance between material efficiency and flexibility. The façade and technical installations are completely separate from the structural frame. The structural timber concept was developed in collaboration with Swiss engineer . The landscape design is by .

Project data

FieldRecord
ClientBern University of Applied Sciences, Bern University of the Arts
TimelineCompetition 2018
SizeGross floor area 77 000 m², net usable area 38 200 m²
Architect
TeamAntti Canth, Simon Mahringer, Andrei Poutanen, Benjamin Schulman
CollaboratorsJosef Kolb (structural engineer, fire protection engineer), Brühwiler (structural engineer), 3-Plan Haustechnik (building services engineer), Maurus Schifferli (landscape architect)
Aalto Campus. Scale model 1:1000. Cast paraffin wax.
Aalto Campus. Scale model 1:1000. Cast paraffin wax. Photograph © 2013 Erkka Luutonen.

Aalto Campus

  • University campus
  • Competition (2nd prize with Thomas Miyauchi)
  • Espoo, Finland 2012–2013

Project description

The proposed new building for the School of Arts, Design and Architecture is a central element of an extensive urban renewal project of Otaniemi campus in Espoo, Finland. The masterplan for the campus and the iconic main building for the Helsinki University of Technology was designed by Alvar Aalto in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Aalto University was established in 2010 as a merger of three major Finnish universities: Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. The emergence of new interdisciplinary programs and projects at Aalto University require radical programmatic flexibility and openness.

A generous square grid of cast-on-site concrete columns and flat slabs is developed to provide the necessary versatility. The building can be continuously reprogrammed simply by manipulating the boundaries between the departments while preserving the characteristics of each discipline’s core. Endless in principle, the grid is interrupted by arbitrary decisions that lend the building its final form: platonic matter shaped by subjective evaluation and contextual constraints.

A series courtyards and gardens, accessed from a sheltered perimeter on the ground floor, create memorable entry points for the new school. The enclosed, intensively urban outdoor spaces stand in contrast to the surrounding modernist greenfield campus.

Project data

FieldRecord
ClientAalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
TimelineCompetition 2012–2013
SizeGross floor area 47 000 m², net usable area 28 700 m²
Architect,
TeamTero Hirvonen, Matias Kotilainen, Sasu Marila, Sanna Nordlander, Francesco Salvarani, Lauri Virkola
CollaboratorsBuro Happold (structural engineer, building services engineer, transport planning consultant), Masu Planning (landscape architect), Hubconcepts (campus planning consultant)
Porvoo Municipal Office Building. Scale model 1:400. CNC cut acrylic and plastic.
Porvoo Municipal Office Building. Scale model 1:400. CNC cut acrylic and plastic. Photograph © 2009 Jan Ahlstedt.

Porvoo Municipal Office Building

  • Municipal office building
  • Competition (2nd prize with Péter Paalanen)
  • Porvoo, Finland 2008–2009

Project description

The proposed new municipal office building for the city of Porvoo, Finland is located at the early 19th century town center defined by a Neoclassical grid plan. The new office building is situated by the market square and shares a plot with the Porvoo City Hall, a Neo-Renaissance landmark building designed by C.R. Rosenberg (1893).

The design balances between creating a freestanding landmark as a contemporary counterpart to the old city hall on one hand and continuing the regular urban structure on the other, marking a transition from monumental architecture to rigid urban structure.

The new building is composed of four identical volumes each approximately the size of the old city hall. Touching the street lines in four corners only, the slender volumes create a series of intimate outdoor spaces that mark the entrances to the new building.

Project data

FieldRecord
ClientCity of Porvoo
TimelineCompetition 2008–2009
SizeGross floor area 9 000 m², net usable area 6 000 m²
Architect,
TeamTakano Atsushi, Maiju Suomi
CollaboratorsVahanen (structural engineer), Buro Happold (façade engineer, building services engineer)
Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule. Continuously formed structure of cast-in-situ concrete walls, beams and slabs. Computer rendering.
Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule. Continuously formed structure of cast-in-situ concrete walls, beams and slabs. Computer rendering.

Gerhart-Hauptmann-Schule

  • Comprehensive school
  • Limited competition
  • Heilbronn, Germany 2017

Project data

FieldRecord
ClientCity of Heilbronn
TimelineCompetition 2017
SizeGross floor area 3 700 m², net usable area 2 500 m²
Architect
TeamAntti Canth, Matias Kotilainen, Simon Mahringer, David Pfister
CollaboratorsTEB (structural engineer, building services engineer)
Mafoombey. Galerie Stihl, Waiblingen, Germany 25 Nov 2010 – 27 Feb 2011.
Mafoombey. Galerie Stihl, Waiblingen, Germany (25 Nov 2010 – 27 Feb 2011). Photograph © 2011 Peter Oppenländer.

Mafoombey

  • Exhibition pavilion
  • Competition (1st prize with Martti Kalliala)
  • Helsinki, Finland 2005

Project description

Mafoombey is a portable, recyclable space for experiencing sound and music. It is made entirely of corrugated cardboard. The design combines sophisticated digital fabrication and primitive, stacked assembly. The exposed edges of corrugated cardboard create a semi-open structure that provides a unique acoustic ambience.

The cardboard sheets measuring 1.25 x 2.5 meters are cut by a computer numerical control prototyping robot (CNC). No glue is used in the construction – the structure is held together by its own weight. Mafoombey can be assembled and disassembled within a single day. Stacked on pallets, the sheets fit in a regular sized truck for transportation.

“No one until now has managed to change this unassuming material into something so exceptionally beautiful (...) the world’s most perfect box.” – Peter Cook, 2006

Project data

FieldRecord
ClientAalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
TimelineCompetition 2005, completion 2005
Architect,
TeamMartin Lukasczyk
CollaboratorsStora Enso (corporate sponsor)
Awards
  • AR Emerging Architecture Award”, The Architectural Review, London, UK, 2006 (high commendation)
  • Forum Prize for the Best Nordic Architectural Object”, Forum AID, Stockholm, Sweden, 2006 (nomination)
Exhibitions
  • “Suomi Seven – Emerging Architects from Finland”, Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany, Sep–Nov 2014 (catalogue, pp. 56–65)
  • “Einrichten – Leben in Karton”, Kunstmuseum Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, Oct 2008–Mar 2009 (catalogue, pp. 49–51)
  • “Emerging Architecture Award 2006”, RIBA Architecture Gallery, London, UK, Dec 2006–Feb 2007
  • “Finnish Architecture – Biennial Review 2004–2005”, Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki, Finland, Jun–Sep 2006 (catalogue, pp. 45–47)
  • “Habitare 2005”, Messukeskus, Helsinki, Finland, Sep 2005
Bibliography
  • “Drôles de plans”, L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui (no. 378), Jun 2010 (p. 177)
  • “Stack Effect”, The Architectural Review 12/2006, Dec 2006 (pp. 62-63)
  • “Mafoombey”, Icon 5/2006 (no. 35), May 2006 (pp. 38-39)
  • “Three Little Finns”, Forum AID 1/2006, Feb 2006 (pp. 62-65, 124)
  • “Jukebox”, Frame 1/2006 (no. 48), Jan 2006 (p. 22)
  • “Muodollisesti pätevää – ja kestävää”, The Finnish Architectural Review 6/2005, Nov 2005 (cover, pp. 80-81)
  • “Mafoombey on Forum-palkintoehdokas – Pahvinen musiikkiluola nousi pohjoismaisen suunnittelun huipulle”, Helsingin Sanomat, 25 Nov 2005 (p. C1)