A new school in Finland is up and running
A new school has just been taken into use in the town of Sipoo, close to Helsinki, Finland. The building was designed by K2S Architects Ltd, who had won the design competition in 2004.
The urban setting is dominated by two curved yards: a large one opening towards the campus garden and a smaller court yard connected to the main road. The two curved glass façades open up the school towards the community. The campus garden serves as learning area, featuring a wireless network and green islands. Fruit trees with white flowers celebrate the graduation in the end of may.
The street side façade is broken up in smaller volumes to relate to the scale of the surrounding villas. The warm tone of the wooden surfaces is reminiscent of early 20th century school buildings.
A cast on site concrete stair forms the center of action in the building. It is topped by a large conical top light. The class rooms are reduced in their material palette into industrial IT-workshops.