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What will Otaniemi look   More green on campus –             University at the heart of the

            like in 2050? p. 20       transforming outdoor spaces p. 4   startup ecosystem p. 24
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                             26                                             4                                                             Green and urban
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          From an ancient
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          village to an
                         Map of Aalto University
                         campus development                                 6                                                             Into a new era                                                                  innovation hub

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Otaniemi has over the years become an increasingly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  vibrant and open community, a truly unique place in Europe.
                                                                                                                                          From village                                                                                            The latest additions have made our campus a home for the
                                                                                                                                          to campus                                                                                               entire Aalto community.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A BRAND-NEW building invited the rest of the stu-          of the community has been able to present their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          dents of the School of Arts, Design and Architec-          ideas about the Centre’s services and functions.
                                                                                                                                          Architectural gems                                                              ture from Arabia to the Otaniemi campus from the           Aside from the student restaurant and worksta-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          beginning of the new academic year 2018. In the            tions, even minigolf and drone rental were added
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          beginning of 2019, we will welcome the students            on the wishlist.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and staff of the School of Business from Töölö                 At the same time, a vision is being prepared to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (pages 6–9).                                               carry out the development of the campus up to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We are much closer to our dream of a university        year 2050. This is where we need your help. On
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          where different fields of science, identities, cultures,   pages 20–23 you will be able to familiarize yourself

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and perspectives can meet in the same place.               with three alternate future scenarios that we wish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For students, this means new opportunities. For        to receive feedback on.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          example, the layout of workshops in School of Arts,            Welcome to Aalto University’s campus!
                                                                                                                                          Public art sparks                                                               Design and Architeture’s new Väre building helps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to draft and to implement artistic projects. New
                                                                                                                                          our imagination                                                                 spaces also allow multidisciplinary encounters be-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tween students in different fields.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Learning new perspectives open-mindedly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          is the heart of being part of the Aalto communi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ty (pages 10–11). The new services and restau-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rants located around Väre will delightfully refresh                                                               Ilkka Niemelä
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ota­niemi’s service offering. Students’ needs are                                                                 President, Aalto University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          diverse, and Otaniemi’s development as an in-
                                                                                                                                          What will Otaniemi                                                              dependent neighbourhood will benefit all its in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          habitants, businesses and communities (pages
                                                                                                                                          look like in 2050?                                                              24–35).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And we’re still on a journey. The next develop-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ment projects are already going forward. For exam-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ple, Aalto Works will provide new facilities for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          School of Engineering and the School of Electrical

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Engineering. Design Factory and Kiu­as will also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          eventually move into the same block (pages 12–17).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Students are involved in building the future
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          campus. The Student Centre planned near the
                                                                                                                                          The startup space                                                               Metro Station is a joint venture between Aalto
                                                                                                                                          to explore                                                                      University Student Union (AYY), Aalto Universi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ty Business Students (KY) and Teknologförenin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gen (TF), which aims to create a common meeting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          place for all members of the community. The pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ject is in the design phase, whereby every member

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in brief
and urban
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OTANIEMI       DOWNTOWN
                    Otaniemi and the Aalto University campus are                                                                                                                                                                                                                                HELSINKI

                    set to undergo rapid change, with plenty of new                                                                                                                                                                                                            Otaniemi has a size of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               approximately 1.4 square
                    development in the works. At the same time, the                                                                                                                                                                                                            kilometres. The district is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               approximately the same size as
                    character of the urban areas will be transformed                                                                                                                                                                                                           downtown Helsinki, from Kallio
                    into an inviting oasis of outdoor environments                                                                                                                                                                                                             to Ruoholahti. Around 35% of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Otaniemi is currently made up
                    and verdant spaces.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of green areas.

                                                                                                                   The development of green areas will
PARENTS pushing prams, food outlets and restau-          ments the aim is to enrich the site. Currently, the       create appealing environments that
                                                                                                                                                               much in the same way as a municipal district or             ‘The need for a future-proofed and sustaina-
rants, outdoor sport and exercise facilities, urban      green spaces are either entirely covered by lawns         encourage people to leave their buildings   neighbourhood.                                           ble vision permeates every aspect of SLA’s de-
                                                                                                                   and useful plants could benefit everyone
cultivation plots, and plenty of new homes. There’s      or have not been cultivated at all. More variation is     on site. Illustration: SLA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        signs. They have considered the impact of climate
life after 5 pm. This is the vision that Aalto Univer-   needed’, Saari says.                                                                                  Future-proofing                                          change, this ideal can be seen in the plans for pe-
sity’s Campus Curator Heini-Emilia Saari has for             Sustainability Manager Satu Kankaala                                                              Considering alternative visions is vital for envi-       destrianisation and making the outdoor areas           Currently, about 4,000 people
the future of Otaniemi.                                  (ACRE) is enthusiastic about the proposal to uti-                                                     ronmental planning.                                      comfortable and lush with urban verdancy’, Kan-        live in the area. In the future,
   ‘Future Otaniemi will be a living-breathing part      lise useful plants.                                                                                      ‘Nobody knows what the future holds for cars.         kaala says.                                            the aim is to build houses for a
of the city. People live and work here in increasing-       ‘There’s no reason why the trees on the site                                                       Are we going to be driving more or less? Now, we                                                                further 7,000 new residents.
ly diverse ways and in greater numbers than be-
fore’, she says.
                                                         shouldn’t bear edible fruit. The yield of apples,
                                                         plums, and berries could benefit everyone on site’,
                                                                                                                   Otaniemi                                    build multi-storey car parks above ground. If our
                                                                                                                                                               fondness for cars decreases in the future, these
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Different perspectives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Various conditions had to be taken into considera-
    The City of Espoo plans to develop housing for
7,000 people in the area. The eventual aim is that
                                                         she notes.
                                                             According to Kankaala, the site’s biodiversity
                                                                                                                   will become                                 ground-level car parks can be knocked down and
                                                                                                                                                               something else can take their place. There is no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tion when planning the regeneration of Otaniemi.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A prime example of these is the Laajalahti Na-
approximately half of Otaniemi’s residents will be
                                                         will be considered much more carefully than ever
                                                         before. One example of this is the decision to no
                                                                                                                   a coherent                                  point sticking to a single vision of the future that
                                                                                                                                                               may become problematic when change takes place’,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ture Reserve, which is home to an international-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ly-important wetland area, a migratory destination
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               There are several landowners.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Aalto University Properties Ltd
    In addition to the residential developments,
numerous other buildings will be erected. These
                                                         longer plant non-native species.                          urban hub,                                  Talvitie notes.
                                                                                                                                                                   It is precisely for this reason that landscape ar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        for numerous species of bird. The northern whea-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tear and corncrake can be spotted there if you look
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and Senate Properties Oy are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the major landowners. The City
will be used by the university and its collaborative
partners. For example, work on the new Student
                                                         A pedestrianised city
                                                         The central premise behind the development of
                                                                                                                   surrounding                                 chitecture must take climate change and its relat-
                                                                                                                                                               ed factors into consideration. Increase in rainfall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        carefully. It is a stopping-off-point for flocks of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        birds during their spring and autumn migrations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of Espoo owns some of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               many paths and thoroughfares.
Centre is set to begin soon. The building is intend-
ed for use by the university’s student bodies and is
                                                         green areas is the creation of appealing environ-
                                                         ments that encourage people to leave their build-
                                                                                                                   both the                                    and high winds in Northern Europe are the result
                                                                                                                                                               of global warming.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Otaniemi also boasts several examples of cul-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        turally and historically important architecture.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Among others, Espoo Lutheran
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Church, Technopolis, and
situated opposite Harald Herlin Learning Centre
and the Metro station.
                                                         ings and continue learning outdoors. The corri-
                                                         dors and connecting pathways of both the in- and
                                                                                                                   university                                      SLA has designed different solutions to cope with
                                                                                                                                                               rain and melt water runoff, including water features
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The environment and buildings must complement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        each other.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Teknologföreningen all own
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               plots of land in Otaniemi.
    Transportation connections will also be mod-
ernised. Plans are already in place for the Jokeri
                                                         outdoor spaces on the site are being reimagined as
                                                         meeting places.
                                                                                                                   and the Metro                               and the use of permeable surface materials.
                                                                                                                                                                   Another aspect considered by the proposed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Yet another important consideration for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        landscape architects is the issue of land ownership.
Light Rail to wind its way around Otaniemi by
2024. It is clear that plans to update the outdoor
                                                            ‘The hope is that people working and studying
                                                         in different fields will spontaneously meet each
                                                                                                                   station.                                    plans is the way in which vegetation locally affects
                                                                                                                                                               the microclimates in the site’s various outdoor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Although Aalto University and Senate Properties
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        own the major share of the real estate, Otaniemi is
areas across the whole campus are needed. Aalto          other simply by being outside. We have people                                                         spaces. The flora chosen for the site will be able to    also owned by several private landowners.
University has commissioned landscape architec-          from the fields of business, technology, and the arts                                                 provide protection from the harsh winds or even             ‘The City of Espoo also has its own plans for Ot-
ture firm SLA to draw up plans for the wide array        all making use of the site. They are from industry                                                    generate much needed cool air in the summer heat.        aniemi. And the planning work must address the
of environments in Otaniemi.                             and the university’, Talvitie says.                                                                                                                            perspectives of various stakeholders. There is one
   ‘SLA has come up with plans for Otaniemi to               In addition to the plans for a more biodi-                                                                                                                 important issue on which all the landowners agree.
become a network of interwoven and intercon-             verse campus, another important factor is that                                                                                                                 They all view the many green areas as a strength’,
nected green areas. The idea is that different kinds     it will become a more pedestrian-friendly urban                                                                                                                Saari says.
of exercise and recreational spaces will be spread       environment.
throughout this network. In this way, somewhat              ‘Currently, cars and car parks dominate this                                                                                                                Work begins
disparate areas will be seamlessly connected to          part of the city. In the future, it will be much easier                                                                                                        The landscape design work will be carried out          Otaniemi has protected Nature
each other’, says Kari Talvitie, Director of Property    to go from one place to another on foot or by bike.                                                                                                            gradually over a few years. Each time a new build-     Reserves. Species such as
Development at Aalto University Campus & Real            The pedestrian and cycle routes have been well                                                                                                                 ing goes up or other substantial changes are made      the flying squirrel and the
Estate (ACRE).                                           thought-out and will encourage people to get out                                                                                                               to the environment, the design implementation for      critically-endangered northern
    SLA specialises in sustainable environmental         and enjoy the outdoor environments’, Saari says.                                                                                                               the outdoor spaces will be reconsidered.               wheatear make their home on
planning. In 2016, the firm won the Nordic Built            ‘Another benefit of the plans is that the travel                                                                                                                The final regeneration of the site’s outdoor ar-   the Otaniemi headland.
Cities Challenge.                                        time between different parts of the campus will                                                                                                                eas will begin to take shape from 2020 onwards.
                                                         be less. In the future, the university’s units will be                                                                                                         Work will first begin near the end of summer 2019,
Even more natural diversity                              closer to each other’, Talvitie continues.                                                                                                                     right at the heart of the Otaniemi campus area,
A myriad of verdant environments will dissect the            In this vision, Otaniemi becomes a coherent                                                                                                                around the Metro station, Alvar Square, and the
proposed green network; ranging from the com-            urban hub, surrounding both the university and                                                                                                                 Dipoli building.
pletely natural to fully landscaped urban gardens.       the Metro station. The intention is to delineate the
   ‘In other words, biodiversity in Otaniemi is set      particular characteristics and flora of other parts                                                                                                            An uninterrupted loop, reaching from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        one end to the other across the area,
to increase. In addition to preserving what is al-       of the area. Every nook and cranny will be a lit-                                                                                                              ties the different parts of Otaniemi
ready there, by diversifying the natural environ-        tle bit different and recognisable in its own right,                                                                                                           better together. Illustration: SLA
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                                                       A Bloc

                                                                            Into a new era
                                                       Otaniementie 12

                                                       School of Business
                                                       Ekonominaukio 1

                                                       Otaniementie 14

                                                                                                Eeva Lehtinen

                                                                                                School of Arts, Design and Architecture
                                                                                                and the School of Business move to their
                                                                                                new and modern facilities.

                                                                            A BIG building site has dominated Otaniemi for al-        signed by Alvar Aalto: Aalto University Undergrad-        Aalto University’s own shop opened in August
                                                                            most three years, but in September 2018, the cam-         uate Centre and Harald Herlin Learning Centre.         2018. It sells university publications as well as
                                                                            pus has hatched from the scaffolding. Most of the            An international architectural competition was      products designed by students.
                                                                            brand-new building complex has now been taken             organised in 2012–2013 regarding the design of the        There are numerous permanent artworks in
                                                                            to use, and the rest of the facilities will be complet-   heart of the campus, and the winning entry was         the new buildings, following the percentage for
                                                                            ed at the turn of the year.                               submitted by Verstas Architects. The design was        art principle Aalto University is committed to. All
                                                                               The new block consists of three integrally inter-      described as fresh, clear and distinct.                artists are connected with the university through
                                                                            connected buildings: Väre, the School of Business            One of the strengths of the proposal was its        study or work. Galleries and exhibition spaces
                                                                            and the shopping centre A Bloc, in connection with        flexibility of spaces, should the need for new space   displaying changing exhibitions also showcase art
                                                                            Aalto University’s metro station entrance. Each           solutions arise. User orientation and sustainable      created by students.
                                                                            building has its own entrance and address.                development were already emphasised in the com-
                                                                                                                                      petition programme. Solar panels and geothermal        The entire community involved in
                                                                            Alvar Aalto’s historic buildings next to a                energy now produce energy for almost the entire        designing the facilities
                                                                            new neighbour                                             building.                                              Väre, the new building of the School of Arts, Design
                                                                            The red brick building complex comprising four                Shopping centre A Bloc located next to the         and Architecture, was officially opened in Septem-
                                                                            floors is a perfect match for Otaniemi’s visual iden-     metro station entrance was the first new building      ber 2018. It houses workshops, studios, rooms for
                                                                            tity and architecture. It consists of rectangular         to open its doors. It offers a wide range of servic-   small group work, teaching and office facilities, fa-
                                                                            modules, whose lines are designed to follow the           es such as coffee shops, restaurants, shops, and       cilities for independent work, as well as places for
                                                                            coordinates of the closely situated buildings de-         sports facilities.                                     hanging out and meeting people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The address
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of School of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Business’ new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    building is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ekonominaukio 1.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The City of Espoo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    has named the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    square in front
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of the School
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of Business as
Image: Tuomas Uusheimo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    according to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    initiative by Aalto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Image: Mikko
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A Bloc –
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     centre on

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     OTANIEMI gained many new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     services when shopping centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A Bloc opened its doors at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     end of August 2018. A Bloc can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     be found at the bustling heart of
The spaces are flexible and configurable. Everything, apart from                                                                                              Solar panels and geothermal heat produce energy for almost the entire building.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the campus, in the same block
staircases, outer wall and toilet facilities, can be modified to                                                                                              Sustainable development was emphasized already during the design competition phase.                                                                    with Väre and the School of
suit the needs of the end-users better. Images: Tuomas Uusheimo                                                                                               Image: Mikko Raskinen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Business, by the entrance to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Aalto University metro station.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The shopping centre is home to
    The main entrance of Väre opens into a spa-                        The interior design solutions are aligned with
                                                                                                                                             The building                                                                                                                                                            concepts developed especially

                                                                                                                               Sari Dhima,
                                                                                                                          Project Manager
cious lobby. A wide wooden staircase leads to the                  the spirit of the School of Business and inspired                                                                                                                                                                                                 for the Otaniemi area, such as
hustle and bustle of workshops, which can be ob-                   by the school’s history and the architecture of the
                                                                                                                                             project and      Floor plan of A Bloc,                                                                     School of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the Who the xxxx is Alice, piz-
served through glass walls.                                        building: a lot of wood and repeat patterns can be                                                                                                                                                                                                zeria and bar offering drinks
    The majority of the activities of the School of                seen.
                                                                                                                                             the transition   School of Business                                                                        School of Arts,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Design and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bicycle parking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and Neapolitan pizza, as well as
Arts, Design and Architecture were located in the                      Users of the School of Business have been heard                                                                                                                                                    Technical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the Lab Store, a new store con-
former Arabia factory in Helsinki.                                 in the planning of the new premises, and, in addi-
                                                                                                                                             to Otaniemi      and Väre                                                                                  A Bloc            spaces
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     cept by Clas Ohlson.
   ‘The building project and the transition to Ota-                tion to students and staff, also alumni have taken                                         Image: Verstas Architects
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         A Bloc also has restaurants,
niemi were prepared carefully by the whole com-
munity, and we wanted to ensure that the views of
                                                                      ‘The new facilities and technology offer great                         were prepared                                                                                                                                                           cafés, shops and other servic-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     es for the daily needs of those
end-users were considered’, says Project Manager
Sari Dhima.
                                                                   opportunities for the development of teaching. We
                                                                   piloted technology solutions already in Töölö, and                        carefully by                                                                                                                                                            living, working or studying in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the area. The shops and restau-
   ‘We have organised approximately twenty user
workshops from 2012 onwards, during which stu-
                                                                   solutions proven to be good will be implemented in
                                                                   the new building’, says Perttu Kähäri who manag-                          the whole                                                                                                                                                               rants are open from morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     till evening on both weekdays

dents, staff and partners have had a chance to tell                es the School of Business relocation project.                                                                                                                                                                                                     and weekends.
us about their wishes regarding the new premises.’                    ‘It’s great that we can now move to the joint                                                                                                                                                                                                      ‘I believe that A Bloc will

A designer also needs to understand
                                                                   campus and become an even more integral part of
                                                                   the Aalto community. The activities of the School                         and we wanted                                                                                                                                                           become a place with a genuine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Aalto style – a place where the
concrete matters
Teaching in the field of art and design requires a
                                                                   of Business are essentially based on people and in-
                                                                   teraction, and we have wanted this to show in the                         to ensure that                                                                                                                                                          members of the community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     want to spend their time and
large amount of physical space, and it is still avail-
able in the new building, but in a more efficient
                                                                   new premises’, Kähäri says.
                                                                       Väre and the School of Business building con-                         the views of                                                                                                                                                            meet up with each other’, says
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Eetu Ristaniemi, Director of
manner. ‘The spaces are flexible and configurable:
furniture can be moved and lighting adjusted. The
                                                                   tain teaching and study facilities and services that
                                                                   are available to both schools. Amongst the first                          end-users were                                                                                                                                                          Real Estate Investments at Aal-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to University Properties Ltd.
modularity of the spaces makes it possible to add
and remove partition walls as required. The de-
                                                                   people moving to the new facilities were Aalto
                                                                   University’s multidisciplinary Master’s Degree                            considered.
partments do not have their own studios, but fa-
cilities meant for building prototypes or making
patterns, for example, are in shared use’, Sari Dhi-
ma continues.
                                                                   Programmes in International Design Business
                                                                   Management and Creative Sustainability.                                                                                                                                                                 2
    Although design today is largely comput-
er-based, workshops are needed for testing the
functionality of engineered solutions, experiment-
ing with materials, and making prototypes and                      The lime tree alley frames the building
                                                                   block, first parts of which were opened                                                                                                                                          Main entrance
models. ‘The designer must understand concrete                     in summer 2018. Image: Mikko Raskinen
matters in order to visualise a functional solu-
tion. High-quality workshop and studio facilities
provide a connection between manual skills and
thinking, thus combining theory and practice.
They are the strength of Aalto University on an
international scale, and we want to maintain them’,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To the metro
says Dhima.

The new building brings together the
School of Business
Master’s degree students, doctoral candidates
and staff of the School of Business will move to
the new building from the traditional Töölö cam-
pus in February 2019. Bachelor level students
have been studying in Otaniemi already for a cou-
ple of years.
   There are four floor altogether. The ground floor
has a restaurant, a wine bar, a café and teaching

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Image: Tuomas Uusheimo
facilities. The upper floors contain spaces such as                                                                                                                                             Maintenance
the BIZ Learning Hub for students, meeting rooms
and facilities for departments and services.
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                                                                                                                                                                             History of
From village
to campus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             For many people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             who have studied
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             in Otaniemi, the
                    Anne Tapanainen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             most significant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             building is Dipoli,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             which was designed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             by Raili and
                    Over the centuries, Otaniemi has lived through                                                                                                                                                                                           Reima Pietilä and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             completed in 1966.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The secretariat
                    the times of a village community, mansions,                                                                                                              The earliest signs of human                                                     and canteen of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             former Helsinki
                    and a student village. We asked an alumnus, a                                                                                                            life in the region date back to                                                 University of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Technology were
                                                                                                                                                                             the Bronze Age 3,000 years                                                      located in Dipoli,
                    student and a business how they see Otaniemi                                                                                                             ago. As late as in the 16th                                                     and celebrations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             took place there,
                                                                                                                                                                             century, Otaniemi was a village
                    today.                                                                                                                                                   community consisting of three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             too, up to 1993.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Image: Tuomas
                                                                                                                                                                             houses, and connected to
                                                                                                                                                                             Helsinki by a church road.
                                                                                                                                                                             The taxes were also paid to
                                                                                                                                                                             Helsinki. Otaniemi became a
                                                                                                                                                                             part of Espoo at the end of the
                                                                                                                                                                             17th century.
TODAY, the ancient neighbours, Helsinki and Es-                 When Espoo residents were asked what they          Creative technology and
poo, are developing Otaniemi together.
     The Laajalahti area, the western part of Helsin-
                                                           would like to be considered in the city develop-
                                                           ment, two things appeared high on the list: nature
                                                                                                                   deliberate collisions
                                                                                                                   Today, top research, education and the core cam-                                                     The School
ki and eastern Espoo form together a significant
concentration of science, art and business. Col-
                                                           and safety. According to Mäkelä, the same values
                                                           are considered in the development of Keilaniemi,
                                                                                                                   pus area make Otaniemi into a vibrant centre of
                                                                                                                   innovation, which also attracts businesses. One of                                                   as a Service                         The startup hub
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             A Grid is now

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             located in the
laboration between the cities, Helsinki Universi-          Otaniemi and Tapiola: nature in the region, the         them is the Mehackit, a startup offering courses in                                                                                       former premises
ty, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and           Natura area, the sea, and economically, ecological-     creative technology for young people.                                                                                                     of the School

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             of Electrical
other research and business partners makes the             ly, socially and culturally safe living environments.       Thousands of secondary school kids have al-                                                                                           Engineering.
region one of the most important cultural and sci-             ‘A dialogue respecting the values of residents in   ready taken part in Mehackit’s course in music and                                                                                        A Grid’s new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             residents include
entific hubs in Europe. On Espoo’s side, Otaniemi’s        the area is important. I believe that positive devel-   visual arts programming and electronics. Now the                                                                                          the United Nations
neighbours are Keilaniemi and Tapiola. The goal is         opment is taking place.’                                company wants to invest in inspired teachers and                                                                                          Technology
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Innovation Lab
to provide the area with internationally competi-                                                                  online courses.                                           Entrepreneurship is not a new              THE SCHOOL AS A SERVICE              (UNTIL Finland),
tive transport, living and working conditions.             A unique place to live                                      Mehackit has an adaptable space in the A Grid         feature in Otaniemi. Already               operating model has brought          accelerators of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the European
    ‘Over time, Otaniemi, the Keilaniemi business          Rosa Väisänen, soon to be an architect after fin-       startup hub, including an office and a studio. CTO        at the beginning of the 20th               Haukilahti and Pohjois-Tapiola       Space Agency and
community and the Tapiola Garden City are ex-              ishing her master’s thesis, is one of a number of       Creative Technology Orchestrator Sanna Repo-              century, during the times of the           Upper Secondary Schools to the       the Aalto Start-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Up Center and
pected to grow together and constitute a viable en-        students who live in Otaniemi throughout their          nen says that the location also brings some synergy       Sinebrychoff family of traders,            campus, but soon Otaniemi will       many companies,
tity. The city and its urban residents, Aalto Univer-      studies. Väisänen works as an expert in interna-        benefits.                                                 the Hagalund-Otaniemi estate               also have a school providing basic   such as Surgify,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Reaktor Space
sity, research institutes and companies of all sizes       tional affairs and issues relating to new students at      ‘We appreciate direct contacts and cooperation         consisting of two manors                   education.                           Lab and Mehackit.
will collaborate there’, says Mayor of Espoo, Jukka        the Aalto University Student Union AYY. In par-         with the schools of Aalto University and the prox-        became a model farm of the                    The model originates from         Image: Unto Rautio
Mäkelä.                                                    ticular, issues related to housing and welfare are      imity of other businesses.’                               area. Great attention was                  Aalto University. The idea is
     The metro enables travelling from the Helsinki        important to her.                                           The startup culture also plays a part, as it inter-   paid to livestock and forest               that the school environment is a
Metropolitan Area to Otaniemi for study or work.               ‘At AYY, we want to ensure that all interested      connects companies in a natural way.                      management. The gardens,                   platform for shared thinking and
In the 2020s, the Jokeri Light Rail will make pub-         students have an opportunity to live in Otaniemi at        ‘There is a low threshold to make contact with         greenhouses, crops and parks               social learning, making use of the
lic transport from Otaniemi to Itäkeskus smoother.         an affordable price.’                                   other startup entrepreneurs, exchange informa-            flourished.                                physical premises and pedagog-
     Mäkelä thinks it is promising that the area is            The 2200 joint flats of HOAS and AYY located        tion and develop cooperation, or ask for help. We                                                    ical possibilities of the environ-
now developed from the centre.                             in Otaniemi and the flats of other operators house      also gained good experiences in mentoring from                                                       ment. The university provides
    ‘Otaniemi’s new urban centre is essential. The         approximately 3,000 students. The aim is that by        the xEdu business accelerator, although we do not                                                    services for schools. For example,
metro will create an entrance to it and be sur-            2050, there will be up to 10,000 residents in the       produce any learning applications ourselves, but                                                     upper secondary school students
rounded by other operators.’                               area. This requires thousands of new apartments.        focus on the pedagogy and contents of technology                                                     have access to campus laborato-
                                                               The new buildings have mainly one-bedroom           education.’                                                                                          ries and mutual canteen and ex-
Urban development takes place                              flats, although communal living is encouraged.              Reponen, who graduated from Aalto Universi-                                                      ercise services, and gain a better
through dialogue                                              ‘Experiencing everyday life in shared accommo-       ty’s Media Lab Helsinki and worked in the Science                                                    idea about further studies and
Jukka Mäkelä has fond memories of his studies at           dation can be fruitful. Aalto has good experiences      Centre Heureka, mentions Aalto Fablab as a good                                                      what businesses do. Some of the
the Helsinki University of Technology in Otaniemi.         from 5–10 people sharing their daily student life,      meeting place. It is an open workshop for small-                                                     university courses are also open     From the office
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             of the Aalto
He received excellent tools for life, not only from        such as having film nights together.’                   scale digital manufacturing.                                                                         to upper secondary school pu-        University Student
his studies but also from the student union.                   Nature, the rural landscape and parks have             ‘The maker culture of places like Fablab is close      The Helsinki University of                 pils. In return, university teach-   Union AYY in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             old shopping
   At that time, the activity was very communal,           been an integral part of Otaniemi for centuries.        to us. We are also interested in lectures, work-          Technology was not the                     ers have received pedagogical        centre, there is a
and now the City of Espoo is involved in the de-           Rosa Väisänen thinks that urban development             shops and other events where you can meet poten-          first school in Otaniemi. The              training.                            view over the Alvar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Square on the
velopment of land use in Otaniemi together with            is welcome but it must take place respecting the        tial partners and make things collide.’                   first school in Otaniemi was                  The School as a Service Model     Learning Centre’s
the scientific community, the residents and busi-          environment.                                                What is Mehackit’s vision for the area?               started in the 1860s by Anna               has produced good and measured       side and past the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             new metro station
nesses. For example, student accommodation will               ‘Otaniemi is a unique place to live, and the            ‘Otaniemi could be a lively test platform for          Sinebrychoff, the wife of beer             results, and the development         to the buildings
be built in cooperation between the City of Espoo,         proximity of nature also increases well-being. At       businesses working in the field of learning and           factory owner and businessman              work will continue. The aim is       of Chemical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Technology. In
the Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsin-          the Aalto University Student Union, our goal is to      teaching. Cooperation would work well at different        Pavel Sinebrychoff. Since                  also to make early childhood edu-    both directions,
ki Region HOAS and the Aalto University Student            make the students’ daily life the best in the world,    levels of education from early childhood education        1878, Hagalund’s elementary                cation and basic education avail-    the walking routes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             are framed by lush
Union AYY. Apartments of AYY have also been                so that everyone can concentrate on developing          to higher education, and also businesses from the         school operated in the area in             able for the needs of incoming       lindens with their
built in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki.                             their own competence.’                                  third sector would be involved.’                          Swedish.                                   foreign researchers and business     roots reaching
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             back to the times
   The significance of the Otaniemi area grows.                                                                                                                                                                         employees.                           of the manors,
Rail connections give everyone access to the ser-                                                                                                                                                                                                            the end of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             19th century.
vices in the area, as well as to the fields of creativi-                                                                                                                                                                                                     Image: Mikko
ty and science.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Raskinen
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gems Text
     Dakota Lavento

     The architecture in Otaniemi pays
     homage to the legacy Alvar Aalto, Raili
     & Reima Pietilä and Heikki & Kaija
     Siren. The campus is emerging as a
     completely new and open place for
     study, work, living and leisure. The
     site is rapidly becoming a new kind
     of open and lively space in which to
     study, work, live, and spend free-time.
                                                                              Harald Herlin
                                                                              Learning Centre
                                                                              1969, Otaniementie 9
                                                                              Alvar Aalto
                                                                              NRT’s renovation 2016

                                                                              The Harald Herlin Learning
                                                                              Centre, the former Helsinki
                                                                              University of Technology
                                                                              library, belongs to a series of
                                                                              important library designed by
                                                                              Alvar Aalto. When observing the
                                                                              fan-shaped building, one’s eye
                                                                              is drawn to the use of indirect
                                                                              light, staircases, and human
                                                                              scale. The renovation was
                                                                              awarded the Finlandia Prize
                                                                              for Architecture in the autumn
                                                                              of 2017. Image: Tuomas
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                                                         The heart
                                                         of Aalto
                                                         campus area is
                                                         constructed in
                                                         line with Alvar
                                                         Aalto’s land use
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Undergraduate Centre
                                                         plan.                                                                                                                                             1965, Otakaari 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Alvar Aalto

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Aalto University’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Undergraduate Centre,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           occupying the site of the main
                                                                                                                                                                                                           building of the former Helsinki
                                                                                                                                                                                                           University of Technology, is one
                                                                                                                                                                                                           of Otaniemi’s prime landmarks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           The landscape-dominating
IF Otaniemi was superimposed over central Hel-           Otaniemi chapel, and Dipoli are all protected by                                                                                                  stature of the new building is
sinki, it would cover the area from Hakaniemi to         DOCOMOMO (International Committee for Docu-                                                                                                       equal to that of its predecessor.
Ruoholahti. And owing to its super-size, Otaniemi        mentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and                                                                                                In fact, with its surrounding
is home to a wide variety of urban environments,         Neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement).                                                                                                           terraced banquet courtyards,
districts, and buildings. A large part of Otaniemi                                                                                                                                                         the building’s auditorium is
has traditionally been the stronghold of Finnish         A modern campus of many summits                                                                                                                   reminiscent of ancient Greece.
technical education and research, but now a multi-       Following his architecture competition win at the                                                                                                 The listed building was restored
disciplinary and diverse Otaniemi is being built for     end of the 1940s, Alvar Aalto was commissioned                                                                                                    by Aalto University in 2015.
all to enjoy.                                            to design the Otaniemi site as the Helsinki Uni-                                                                                                  Image: Tuomas Uusheimo
     Originally the preserve of rural villages and       versity of Technology prepared for its move from
manor houses, Otaniemi is a special place in which       Hietalahti, Helsinki. Aalto chose to position sever-      donated the red bricks from the collapsed building
to study and work. The campus brings together            al buildings in ways that complimented the site’s         to the technology students of the time. Once they
some of the finest examples of traditional and con-      many hills, setting aside the lowland areas for           had been cleaned, the bricks were first put to use
temporary Finnish architecture.                          grass fields and car parks.                               in the construction of the student residences de-
     Hopefully, the well-known campus buildings,             In fact, there wasn’t much by way of forestry in      signed by Heikki Sirén and Martti Melakari.
workshops, creative events, business community,          the area at this time, with arable and pasture land           The belief that Otaniemi is entirely covered by
lush greenery, and vibrant student life of today’s       previously dominating the site. Otaniemi has a rich       red brick buildings is not entirely true. Not even all
Otaniemi will be as fondly remembered in decades         history of manor houses dating back to the 16th           of the buildings designed by Aalto himself are red
to come by present students as was the case for the      century. Indeed, alongside many of the area’s more        bricked. For example, the Otahalli sports complex,
so-called ‘teekkarit’ generation of technology stu-      traditionally well-known features, the Haglund            situated at Otaranta 6 and completed for the Hel-
dents gone by.                                           manor courtyard, located behind the School of             sinki Olympics, and the Shopping Centre complet-
     Aalto University began operations in 2010, with     Chemical Engineering’s main building, often goes          ed in 1960 are both rendered with plaster.
the merging of the Helsinki School of Economics,         unnoticed. The site of the current Undergraduate
the School of Art and Design, and the Helsinki Uni-      Centre was previously occupied by the Otaniemi            Multi-faceted architectural excellence
versity of Technology. The new university took its       manor house, once owned by the von Wright family.         In Antti Ahlava’s opinion, the significance of Alvar
name from perhaps the most internationally re-               Alvar Aalto left the manor house’s original lime      Aalto’s status as an architectural heavyweight in
nowned and respected Finnish architect, Alvar Aal-       avenues in his plans for the Otaniemi campus. Pri-        his own time cannot be emphasised enough.
to, who was also a designer and entrepreneur.            or to his success in the state-sponsored architec-           ‘In addition to the ways be made advances in
     ‘He is probably still better known than Aalto       tural competition for the Otaniemi site, Aalto had        physical architecture, Aalto also realised a new,
University itself’, surmises Antti Ahlava, Vice Presi-   been a visiting professor at MIT, Cambridge, Mas-         more humanistic, organic, and everyday style.’
dent for campus development.                             sachusetts. In fact, the time he spent on American           ‘Otaniemi was designed and built using the
     When the decision was taken to base Aalto Uni-      campuses can clearly be seen to have influenced his       limited resources and materials available after
versity’s main campus in Otaniemi, everyone knew         plans for Otaniemi.                                       the war. And, yet, he still managed to make a ho-
there was a lot of building work ahead.                     ‘Alvar Aalto perhaps envisioned Otaniemi as a          rizon-dominating entity, replete with inventive
     The heart of Aalto University’s campus area         mixture of MIT and Harvard University’s campus            indoor spaces.’ The Undergraduate Centre and the
is constructed in line with Alvar Aalto’s land use       gardens, but in a slightly more modern and wild or        Harald Herlin Learning Centre constitute an ar-
plan. The well-known buildings now called the            rugged way that suited the landscape’, Antti Ahlava       chitectural whole.
Undergraduate Centre (the former main building           observes.                                                     Aalto also designed a residential building for                                      The Otaniemi chapel
of Helsinki University of Technology) and the Har-           The origins of the red brick architectural style      Otaniemi. The dynamically modelled student dor-                                         1956–1957, Jämeräntaival 8
ald Herlin Learning Centre (formerly the library         found in both the former Helsinki University of           mitory from 1966 can be found at the Jämerän-                                           Heikki and Kaija Sirén
of Helsinki University of Technology) both repre-        Technology’s main building and the first student          taival 1 street address.
sent some of Alvar Aalto’s most important archi-         residences are not, in fact, industrial in nature;            While taking a tour of Otaniemi’s architectural                                     Typical to the Nordic tradition of
tectural works. Other architectural gems found on        rather the use of the bricks stems from Alvar Aal-        sights, one can also admire Aalto’s Saha building,                                      nature-based modernism, the
the Otaniemi campus include the Shopping centre          to’s so-called ‘red brick period’. In the early days of   completed in 1954 at the Konemiehentie 1 street                                         glass south wall of the building
designed by Aalto, Reima and Raili Pietilä’s Dipo-       Otaniemi’s re-development, the decision to use red        address. Today, the building is home to Aalto Uni-                                      allows light to burst through
li, and the Otaniemi chapel designed by Heikki and       bricks was dictated both by chance and practical          versity’s School of Business’ students’ banquet hall.                                   from beneath the narrow roof
Kaija Sirén.                                             reasons.                                                      The materials used in the winding stairways                                         slats. Situated in nature itself,
     Otaniemi has been designated as a nationally            On the first night of heavy bombing in Helsinki       and wooden roof structures of Alvar Aalto’s Ota-                                        the altar lies at the head of the
significant cultural environment by the National         during the Continuation War, the Soviet Embassy           halli sport complex, completed for the 1952 Olym-                                       building, on the other side of the
Board of Antiquities. The Undergraduate Centre,          was itself badly damaged. The Finnish government          pics, represent Aalto’s elegant functionalism.                                          window. Image: Reija Hirvonen
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    For any fans of industrial architecture or the     Towards a human-centred                                      New apartments are being built in the Kivimies
so-called ‘steampunk’ style of modern architecture,
the towering glass façade of the heat distribution
                                                       urban environment
                                                       In addition to Alvar Aalto’s masterpiece, Otaniemi
                                                                                                               area on Otaniemi’s southern point. These will be
                                                                                                               joined by a Chemistry district in the vicinity of the                                                                                     Want to
plant designed by Aalto, which can be found at the
Otakaari 6 street address, is a must-see. The foun-
                                                       naturally boasts some less-frequented districts
                                                       and buildings.
                                                                                                               Metro station, which will also include recreation-
                                                                                                               al space for students, funded separately through a                                                                                        learn
dations of the building lie 6.5 kilometres deep in
bedrock, which is being drilled as part of the St1
                                                          ‘In contrast to today’s way of thinking, the ur-
                                                       ban planning that took place at the midpoint of the
                                                                                                               project run by the university’s student organisa-
                                                                                                               tions. Apartments are also being built alongside                                                                                          more?
Deep Heat pilot project. The project is seeking to     20th century, emphasised cars and especially the        the Otakaari district, in Maari and Servinniemi.
realise Finland’s first industrial-scale geothermal    distance between buildings, as well as the mon-              The multifunctional spaces on the building’s
energy plant.                                          umentalism of the architecture. When we asked           ground floor will be open to everyone and home to
    Many new buildings have been built on the          people using the area what their hopes for the          innovative and welcoming workspaces, cafes, and                                                                                           Map of Otaniemi’s
campus site over the years, although some pro-         future of Otaniemi were, they wanted less refer-        restaurants.                                                                                                                              walking routes
gress is made at a more sedentary pace. It is fasci-   encing of the past and a less institutional feel and,        The idea behind this plan is that students and                                                                             
nating to see how the new generation of architects     instead, more variety and a pedestrian-friendly ap-     employees will create the daytime buzz about the                                                                                          campus/around_campus/
have tipped their hats to Alvar Aalto’s legacy.        proach’, Antti Ahlava notes.                            place, while the apartments’ new residents will                                                                                           campus_maps/
    One of the latest to put their own stamp on the        He too hopes that Alvar Aalto’s legacy empow-       continue this into the night. And thanks to its ex-
Otaniemi site is Verstas Architects, who are re-       ers brave architectural creativity, true to con-        cellent transport connections, including the Metro                                                                                        History of Otaniemi
sponsible for the A Bloc shopping centre and facil-    temporary ideals, rather than restricting the de-       and the upcoming Jokeri Light Rail line, Otaniemi                                                                               
ities for two schools. This development consists of    velopment of Otaniemi. ‘The university wants to         is the ideal venue to organise events serving the                                                                                         this-is-how-otaniemi-grew-
two coordinated spaces, connected by four paral-       continue to be an internationally significant archi-    whole Greater Helsinki region.                                                                                                            into-a-centre-of-technology-
lel glass-ceilinged lightwells. The ambience of the    tectural site.’                                              In Antti Ahlava’s estimation, Otaniemi has been                                                                                      business-and-art
indoor spaces changes according to the purpose of                                                              a test case for ways to develop the suburban are-
the space. The external façade grabs the attention     Welcoming and energised                                 as of the 1950s and 60s into more people-centred,                                                                                         Alvar Aalto and
of onlookers with its pale silk prints on the glass-   It is estimated that by 2025 there will be three to     multifunctional, and enjoyable spaces. ‘The same                                                                                          his architecture
work towards the top of the building, as well as       four times as many people living and working in         principles can be applied to developments in sim-                                                                               
with the School of Business’ glass gable end, which    Otaniemi than in 2015.                                  ilar areas to ours. In fact, the successes we’ve had                                                                                      english/person/1408
is somewhat reminiscent of a lantern.                      The architectural style of the former Helsinki      are being closely followed by other cities.’
                                                       University of Technology very much represented               Everyone visiting, living, and working in Ota-                                                                                       Heikki and Kaija Sirén
                                                       the 1950s modernist fondness for urban planning         niemi is currently bearing witness to the frenet-                                                                                         and their architecture
                                                       around car transport and monumentalism, where           ic building work going on throughout the area. In                                                                               
                                                       home life, work, and public services were thought       the years to come, the Aalto Works district, home                                                                                         architect?apid=956487
                                                       of separately. According to Antti Ahlava, the tenets    to innovation and start-up enterprises, the Aalto
By 2025 there                                          of contemporary design are human-centredness,           Studios media centre, and much more will all sit                                                                                          Reima and Raili Pietilä
                                                       walkable environments, multifunctional outdoor          alongside the area’s new residential developments.
will be three to                                       spaces, and the blurring or merging of organisa-            ‘Some people seem to think that when the work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and their architecture
                                                       tions. While nature on campus is set to be pre-         on Väre and the School of Business is over, the de-
four times as                                          served, its vibrancy will only increase.                velopment stops there. In actual fact this is just a

                                                           The more tightly-knit Otaniemi of today also        small taste of what the future holds!’
many people                                            has a new age-group to serve – the hundreds of
                                                       school children who use the university’s buildings
living and                                             as part of its ‘School as a service’ operating model.

working in

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Image: Tuomas Uusheimo
Otaniemi than in

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Among Dipoli’s main features
                                                                                                                                  Nanotalo                                                                                                               are its seven sculptural
                                                                                                                                  1966, Puumiehenkuja 2                                                                                                  fireplaces, its exceptionally
                                                                                                                                  Alvar and Elissa Aalto                                              Dipoli                                             multi-functional layout, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                      1966, Otakaari 24                                  natural light that penetrates the
                                                                                                                                  The building currently known                                        Reima Pietilä and Raili Pietilä                    spaces between the building’s
                                                                                                                                  as Nanotalo, situated at                                            (née Paatelainen)                                  thick framework, and its
                                                                                                                                  Otaniemi’s Puumiehenkuja 2                                          ALA Architects’ renovation                         confoundingly modernist cave-
                                                                                                                                  address, was in large designed                                      2017                                               life spaces with their angular
                                                                                                                                  by Alvar Aalto and is one                                                                                              plastic geometry, juxtaposed
                                                                                                                                  of the area’s architectural                                         Dipoli, constructed using natural                  against the rationalised office
                                                                                                                                  gems. Entering the building’s                                       stone, concrete, copper, and                       area. Built with due reverence
                                                                                                                                  extremely well preserved                                            wood is the crowning glory                         to its origins on the foundations
                                                                                                                                  lobby feels like stepping back                                      of architects Raili and Reima                      of the former technology
                                                                                                                                  in time to a wealthy seaside                                        Pietilä and one of the most                        students’ residence, Aalto
                                                                                                                                  villa. Nowadays, the building is                                    expressive and radical examples                    University’s Dipoli building
                                                                                                                                  home to part of the Department                                      of Finnish architecture. More                      is now protected thanks
                                                                                                                                  of Applied Physics and two                                          than anything else, Reima Pietilä                  to the university’s efforts.
                                                                                                                                  Academy of Finland centres                                          envisioned Dipoli as a site for                    Today, Dipoli functions as the
                                                                                                                                  of excellence run by Aalto                                          human interaction and as a                         university’s main building and
                                                                                                                                  University’s Low Temperature                                        continuously changing process,                     as a meeting venue. Image:
                                                                                                                                  Laboratory. Image: Adolfo Vera                                      rather than a static space.                        Tuomas Uusheimo
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                                     Public art

                                     sparks our
                                     imagination                        Text
                                                                                                                                               Silja Puranen ‘World’s strongest man (one
                                                                                                                                               hand only)’, 2007. Fabric paint, transfer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tommi Grönlund
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and Petteri Nisunen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ‘Insight’, 2018.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mirror, aluminium,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              stainless steel,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              electric rotators.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Insight offers the
                                                                        Paula Haikarainen                                                      photograph, soft pastel and stitching on                                                                       viewers constantly
                                                                                                                                               found textile. The strongest man series                                                                        altering viewpoints,
                                                                                                                                               is located in the world of circus. Circus                                                                      underlining how
                                                                                                                                               represents the otherness and difference                                                                        our common
                                                                                                                                               together with performance culture and the                                                                      environment is
                                                                                                                                               idea of a complete mastery of life. In today’s                                                                 seen is various
                                                                                                                                               world, the weak need to be strong in order                                                                     ways, none of
                                                                                                                                               to survive. The strongest man in the world                                                                     which is as such
                                                                                                                                               is a boy with Down syndrome. Image: Mikko                                                                      better than the
                                                                                                                                               Raskinen                                                                                                       other. Image:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mikko Raskinen

                                     Research has                       AALTO University is the first university in Finland    Väre – Global Equality
                   Outi Turpeinen,
Aalto University’s Art Coordinator

                                                                        to commit to the principle of the art percent. The     The artistic themes of the collection on display in                                                                         Image: D

                                     shown that                                                                                Väre, the School of Arts, Design and Architecture’s                                                                                     Da
                                                                        art percent is a funding model for art purchases,                                                                                                                                                lil
                                                                        whereby approximately one percent of a building        new building, elicit a characteristically Finnish

                                     public art                                                                                sense of social equality and emphasise the school’s

                                                                        project’s funds are allocated to art purchases.

                                                                           Aalto University applies this principle to new      strong international identity. There is a conceptual

                                     improves our                       construction and renovation projects, as well to
                                                                        expansions and infrastructural development. Art
                                                                                                                               emphasis on the important role art plays in spark-
                                                                                                                               ing public debate.

                                     wellbeing and                      procurements are made either by purchasing fin-
                                                                        ished works of art, commissioning site-specific
                                                                                                                                   The collection’s artworks address a wide array
                                                                                                                               of issues, including identity and difference, na-

                                     also elicits                       pieces or organising art competitions.
                                                                           A strategy document has been prepared by the
                                                                                                                               tionality, asylum-seeking, gender, and sexuality.
                                                                                                                               The works are fundamentally brave and arresting

                                     many different                     university in order to guide the procurement of
                                                                        public art. The approach is both structured and
                                                                                                                               precisely because they are placed under the direct
                                                                                                                               scrutiny of both current and future artists and oth-

                                     emotions. It can                   systematic in its vision. The renovated Dipoli and
                                                                        two of the new buildings on campus have each
                                                                                                                               er professionals in the field of the arts.
                                                                                                                                   In total, there are around 25 works of art. In fact,

                                     even make us                       been assigned their own theme or artistic concept,
                                                                        the aim of which was to incorporate the views of
                                                                                                                               the collection includes works by alumni, former
                                                                                                                               professors, and current students. Broad both in                                                                                Kirsi Kaulanen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ‘Lumen’, 2018.

                                     angry. In my                       the buildings’ users – primarily university staff
                                                                        and students – into the aesthetic of the buildings.
                                                                                                                               terms of their scope and range of media, the art-
                                                                                                                               works consist of textiles, ceramics, photography,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lasercut and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              welded stainless
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              steel. Lumen

                                     opinion, art                       Dipoli’s Radical Nature
                                                                                                                               painting, drawings, and sculptures. Multimedia
                                                                                                                               art also comes to the fore in the shape of the ever-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              connects hard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              with nature and

                                     should always                      The Radical Nature art collection comprises 30
                                                                        works selected specifically for the Dipoli building.
                                                                                                                               changing info boards and in the exhibition spaces
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              feminity. The site-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              specific artwork
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              interplays with

                                     make us think.                     The building, designed by architects Raili and Rei-
                                                                        ma Pietilä was completed in 1966.
                                                                                                                                   There are three site-specific artworks: Tommi
                                                                                                                               Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen’s installation In-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the architectural
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              space by stretching
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              from floor to
                                                                            The collection’s name, Radical Nature, not only    sight, Kirsi Kaulanen’s steel sculpture Lumen,                                                                                 ceiling and adding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ornamentation to
                                                                        references Dipoli’s wild spaces, with their varying    and student Gloria Lauterbach’s sculpture                                                                                      the straight lines of
                                                                        shape, but also the sense of responsibility peo-       Kreutzstrasse, situated on the concrete wall ad-                                                                               the space. Image:

                                                                        ple feel for the wellbeing of nature and the envi-     joining Väre and the School of Business.                                                                                       Mikko Raskinen

                                                                        ronment as a whole. For example, in artist Rena-
                                                                        ta Jakowleff’s work, the enchanting spectacle of       The School of Business takes
                                                                        thousands of glass droplets can be seen sparkling      a human approach
                                                                        in front of a backdrop of concerns about marine        In transitioning from the School of Business situ-
                                                                        pollution.                                             ated in the district of Töölö to the Otaniemi cam-
                                                                            The exhibited artworks are by Aalto Universi-      pus in Espoo, artistic means were employed to
                                                                        ty alumni and represent numerous different fields.     smooth the way and create a new identity during a
                                                                        The majority of the works are from recognised and      time of great change.                                                                                                          Gloria Lauterbach
                                                                        experienced photographers such as Elina Broth-             Central to the current school’s operations is the                                                                          ‘Kreutzstrasse’,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2018. Copper,
                                                                        erus, Jorma Puranen, Ulla Jokisalo, and Ilkka          notion of human interaction and it was this con-                                                                               steel, birch tree.
                                                                        Halso. Three site-specific pieces where commis-        cept that the procured artworks evoked. This con-                                                                              Kreutzstrasse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              is a replica of
                                                                        sioned for the Dipoli building: Christian Berg’s       ceptual approach sought to pay homage to the past                                                                              a copper roof
                                                                        kinetic acrylic installation Color Space – Color       while always keeping one eye on the future. For ex-                                                                            element torn off
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              by a heavy storm
                                                                        Lensing Blind, Renata Jakowleff’s glasswork mas-       ample, the china clay used by artist Kirsi Kivivirta                                                                           from a church in
                                                                        terpiece Blue, and Inni Pärnänen’s plywood wall        harks back to the relief work façade of the School                                                                             Zurich, Switzerland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in 2015. For the
                                                                        ornament Keto (Engl. ‘Meadow’).                        of Business’ former main building. The piece is                                                                                new Väre building,
                                                                                                                               entitled Stage and conjures up a scenographic at-                                                                              the roof remains
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              have been re-
                                                                                                                               mosphere in the way it conveys a space for people                                                                              created including
                                                                                                                               to meet and exchange thoughts.                                                                                                 the entangled

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              birch tree. Images:


                                                                                                                                                                                                        or                                                    Mikko Raskinen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       C h ef

                                                              Illustration: A-konsultit / Tietoa Oy
                                                                                                      What will
                                                                                                      look like
                                                                                                      in 2050?
                                                                                                                        Noora Stapleton

                                                                                                                        New buildings and
                                                                                                                        services, more
                                                                                                                        residents and plenty
                                                                                                                        of green. The outlines
                                                                                                                        for the next stage of
                                                                                                                        development at the
                                                                                                                        campus are already
                                                                                                                        being drawn on the map.

                                                                                                      What do you think?

                                                                                                      Are we on the right track with the campus vision?
                                                                                                      Would you change something? What things would
                                                                                                      you emphasise? You can participate in creating
                                                                                                      the campus vision at
22                   AALTO UNIVERSITY CAMPUS                                                                                                                       23                 AALTO UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

                                                                                                                                                The next campus
                                                                                                                                                vision aims to
                                                                                                                                                year 2050. The
                                                                                                                                                whole Aalto
                                                                                                                                                has now the        Community Works                                         Information Resort                                      Health Wave
                                                                                                                                                opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                influence the
                                                                                                                                                                   A compact community of opposites                        A self-sufficient local district                        A diverse, well-being village
                                                                                                                                                weighting of the                                                           that is always open                                     community
                                                                                                                                                vision options
                                                                                                                                                by taking part
                                                                                                                                                in the survey.
                                                                                                                                                Image: Tuomas      Otaniemi has become a more compact and diverse          The campus is a Nordic hub of entrepreneurship,         Otaniemi’s renowned well-being campus has
                                                                                                                                                                   local district in which old and new buildings are       innovation and top-level education. The local dis-      grown to become part of the urban tapestry of Hel-
                                                                                                                                                                   woven together to form a unique fabric. At the same     trict is known internationally for its abundance of     sinki and Espoo, but has also succeeded in retain-
                                                                                                                                                                   time, it has shaped up to become a centre of cultural   new patents, multidisciplinary skills and new busi-     ing its village feel. Familiar faces greet passers-by,
                                                                                                                                                                   life. Cultural networks mix with both creative com-     ness models.                                            and the area is imbibed with an accepting and
                                                                                                                                                                   munities and also long-established technology and          ‘Otaniemi is only lacking a birthing hospital’, is   lively culture which supports quality-of-life and
                                                                                                                                                                   business networks. Art and design organisations         an often-heard phrase which emphasises the ar-          well-being. The student culture is very active and
                                                                                                                                                                   together with their members and workers attract         ea’s self-sufficiency. A diverse range of amenities     gives the area its own unique identity.
                                                                                                                                                                   visitors and social actors to the area.                 and services are available 24/7 to campus users             The campus’s harmonious and beautiful sur-
                                                                                                                                                                       The campus offers for people of different ages      and residents. Automatic transport options have         roundings bring wholeness to both a human mind
                                                                                                                                                                   a lifelong learning environment which favours           removed the need for parking areas.                     torn by digitalisation and to people’s fragmented
                                                                                                                                                                   forms of experimental learning and teaching and             The campus is more compact, and many build-         timetables. The campus also has digital-free areas
                                                                                                                                                                   which support learners and researchers. Ota-            ing plots have been repeatedly rebuilt for decades,     where visitors can focus on their thoughts with-
                                                                                                                                                                   niemi is one of Finland’s most international local      so many blocks on the edge of the campus are            out being distracted. The architecture and outside
                                                                                                                                                                   districts, and its community-orientated planning        already pretty high-rise. Advanced building tech-       areas have retained their traditional, clear features.
                                                                                                                                                                   mechanisms are imitated elsewhere.                      nologies are used to combine old and new in im-         Together with its partners and students, the uni-
                                                                                                                                                                       The multifaceted reuse of old laboratory build-     aginative ways. Energy production, energy stor-         versity develops the campus’ new and innovative
                                                                                                                                                                   ings attracts new users to Otaniemi. Old buildings      age and food production on the campus have been         residential areas that support meaningful social
                                                                                                                                                                   offer spaces for artists and workshops for experi-      maximised.                                              and private life for different groups.
                                                                                                                                                                   menting with new technologies. The hybrid build-            Climate change has been combated using cut-             In the Otaniemi campus area, well-being is
                                                                                                                                                                   ings and quarters that flexibly mix different activ-    ting-edge technology. The campus has also seen          central, and the area is known for its splendid out-
                                                                                                                                                                   ities support human interaction. Local identity is      the development of smart antennas which help            door spaces, clean-air and human-centred life-
                                                                                                                                                                   built up through both the urban culture and ar-         to protect against wind and enable complete, re-        style which seeks out a good balance between work
IT’S hard to visualise the changes that will have          users, so it has been decided to open up the further                                                    tistic offerings. There are many different kinds of     al-time management of air-conditioning, water           and free time. These factors attract the best from
taken place by 2050 – who, for example, would              development of the alternative visions to the mem-                                                      events, and people come to Otaniemi from far away.      and energy use. The challenge, however, comes           around the world to come to study and work on
have been able to predict 32 years ago the founding        bers of the Aalto community. After collecting the                                                           The district’s ecosystem services support ur-       from the systems’ energy use and continual need         the campus. The well-being campus boasts crea-
of Aalto University? And who in 1986 saw the po-           feedback, the task force will come back together to                                                     ban culture, for example through the addition of        to be updated.                                          tivity and quality-of-life. Otaniemi’s natural qual-
tential of the internet and the importance of mo-          summarise the results, and then we will continue                                                        city gardens and roof gardens. It has been possi-                                                               ities are supplemented by luscious gardens, parks,
                                                                                                                                      As a university,             ble to alleviate the worst effects of climate change                                                            courtyards and walkways. There is a wider variety

                                                                                                                      Antti Ahlava,
                                                                                                                    Vice President
bile phones?                                               working on the vision until November 2018.
   In the same way, the task force for university              The task force will present three possible vi-                                                      through artful environmental planning. Otaniemi’s                                                               of natural habitats than before, ranging from wet-
campus development is now facing a challenging             sions, all of which will be viable options. Each in                        we should be                 different neighbourhoods have radically different
                                                                                                                                                                   identities and environments.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   lands to meadows, and the most significant effects
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of climate change have been dealt with by combin-
task. The current development vision stretches             its own way will use as a springboard the current
only to 2021, and so now the sights are being set on       strengths and draft concepts of the campus that                            able to develop                                                                                                                              ing cost-effective natural alternatives with innova-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tive but expensive technological methods.
the mid-point of our present century.                      can already be seen around us.
   Three alternative visions are under develop-                                                                                       a model                                                                                                                                          People get around the campus using either
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   automatic transport or on foot, and trips outside
ment for the future development of the campus              The community at the centre
as a whole. ‘Our current plans will be fully imple-        ‘Physical construction is campus development: at                           community                                                                                                                                    of the campus are made by rail. Otaniemi has a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   comprehensive and diverse network of recrea-
mented by 2035. The alternatives developed for              the same time, it also develops the community and
the future will function as continuations of these          its activities’, says Antti Ahlava.                                       and ideal city.                                                                                                                              tional routes which help to tackle the health prob-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   lems caused by automation and also attract visi-
current plans’, explains Aalto University’s Vice                The ways that the buildings are used will also
President for Campus Development Antti Ahlava,              change. It is important to examine, for example,                                                                                                                                                                       tors from different parts of the metropolitan area.
who is leading the task force.                              how different user groups and activities will be                                                                                                                                                                       Along these routes can be found sports areas, play
   And each of these alternatives will be a viable          mixed together.                                                                                                                                                                                                        areas and other recreational areas for all different
option.                                                         Ahlava hopes that the whole community will                                                                                                                                                                         ages.
                                                            participate in the visioning process. ‘As a universi-
Turning an isolated campus into                             ty, we should be able to develop a model communi-
a self-sufficient local district                            ty and ideal city. So we invite the whole communi-
‘In the future, Otaniemi may, for example, develop          ty to join us in this work.’
 into a local district that his self-sufficient in terms
 of both food and electricity, or is part of such a
 self-sufficient network.’
     Since the start of 2018, Ahlava’s task force has
 been preparing the vision together with both the                                                                                                                             !!!
 university’s students and staff as well as external
 experts and partners. The task force has studied
 recent literature on the topic, organised work-
 shops and discussion sessions, and studied the
 campuses of other universities and companies
    ‘When making comparisons with other cam-
 puses, we have to take into consideration what
 our own resources are. We are not rich, but we
 have attractive surroundings and an inventive
                                                              In the future,
 community.’                                                  Ota­niemi will
     International examples can help understand,               increasingly
                                                               link to Keila­
 however, what methods are worth using for sus-                    niemi and
 tainable development, for steering development            Tapiola. Growth
                                                            in the region’s
 within the area, and for urbanisation. The current        service offering
 strengths – such as a technology-orientated cul-           and residential
 ture – will not be discarded, but new emphases               create a new
 may be added alongside them.                                kind of entity.
     The best information about the campus’s short-               Illustration:
                                                                 A-konsultit /
 comings and resources can be obtained from its                     Tietoa Oy
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