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Aalto students' pavilion

A temporary timber pavilion provides a meeting place for Helsinki World Design Capital 2012

Designed by Aalto University architecture students, the temporary timber pavilion showcases Finnish sustainable wood architecture and has been realised in collaboration with UPM.

Sheltered space in Pavilion

Sheltered space in Pavilion

Sitting snuggly between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum in downtown Helsinki, the pavilion will house events and activities throughout the summer months.

Sheltered space in Pavilion

Sheltered space in pavilion

Opened in May 2012 and built as part of the ‘World Design Capital 2012’, the pavilion is a key part of Helsinki’s year-long programme to develop the city through design. Encouraging inhabitants to improve their environment, good design is being showcased throughout the city with a programme of over 300 projects.

Blue triangles lead the public to the Pavilion in downtown Helsinki

Blue triangles lead the public to the pavilion in downtown Helsinki

Constructed primarily of timber, the pre-fab system provides a large sheltered space for people to gather, drink coffee and get involved in one of the many presentations.

The pavilion consists of a roofed terrace and two triangle-shaped enclosures. The smaller triangle houses a kitchen and outdoor café counter. The larger triangle hosts a programme space, which can be expanded to the terrace. The cafeteria kitchen and serving facility, as well as the programme space can be closed, and are semi-warm indoor facilities.

An evening event at the Pavilion

An evening event at the Pavilion

With sustainability at the forefront of Finnish architecture, the pavilion is a great example of sustainable temporary architecture constructed for a sole purpose. Built entirely of recyclable materials, it is set on a gravel levelling, with no excavation work or casting. The terrace structures are constructed of structural timber, and the platform of pine glue board planks.

Roof of Pavilion

Roof of Pavilion

The pavilion sits lightly on the ground and can be entered from all sides, embodying the city’s ‘Open Helsinki’ concept adopted for 2012. The students’ design shows attention to detail and use of materials. Already a success with the locals, let’s hope it becomes an annual occurance for Helsinki.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, 12 May–16 September 2012, from 11 am to 9 pm

Aalto University Wood Studio students: Pyry-Pekka Kantonen & Markus Heinonen, Marko Hämäläinen, Janne Kivelä, Wilhelmiina Kosonen, Inka Saini

Tutors: Professor Pekka Heikkinen, engineer Hannu Hirsi, architect Risto Huttunen, designer Mikko Paakkanen, architect Karola Sahi
Project Manager: Ransu Helenius

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