Metropolia Myllypuro Campus

The ultimate aim of Metropolia University's new Myllypuro campus is to create an inspiring and open network of learning. The combination of highly-specialised research spaces and open social spaces creates an environment where students can foster an intense understanding of their subject, whilst having frequent exposure to the work of so many more of their peers.

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The campus is made of four main blocks - joined by huge atria and open social space.

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While keeping it sheltered from the harsh Finnish climate, the separation of the units gives an almost urban atmosphere, breaking away from the traditional ‘school’ feeling and promoting informal, out-of-office-hours type interactions.

The ground floor is mostly a shared space, allowing students and teachers from various disciplines to interact, whether it is through open study space, cafes or the large auditoriums. The core units are where the programme becomes more specialised, allowing for the focus to be put on individual disciplines and more intense learning.

From concrete element production to high-precision surgical training, the range of functions within the campus are unprecedented.

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The main facilities include two large auditoriums, a conference centre, restaurant, two sports halls, a therapy pool, clinical laboratory spaces, a simulation centre, clinical health care facilities, vast technical aid workshops, a concrete element factory and technical installation laboratories, 1600m2 of library services and Metropolia’s own commercial premises.

On top of this, a significant amount of space is dedicated to teacher’s offices, designed according to the activity-based office concept – bringing a more practical and hands-on approach to education which looks to trickle down into the teaching environment.

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Project Details

  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Year: Ongoing
  • Total area: 56,000m2
  • Programme: Educational and state-of-the-art research facilities, library services and commercial premises
  • 01Quick Facts
    • New campus for the Metropolia University in Helsinki
    • Contains highly specialised research and educational facilties
    • In-between spaces used as a catalyst for social and educational interaction - across disciplines
    • Creates an inspiring and open network of learning
    • Serves 6000 students and 500 staff
  • 02Full Profile

    The new addition to the Metropolia University in Helsinki is a polytechnic campus which serves 6000 students and 500 staff through a range of teaching, learning and research facilities. The space solutions focus on the effectiveness of the circulation system, re-configurability, the need to deal with the high volume of users, the optimisation of spaces around the building and the use of in-between space as a catalyst for social and educational interaction. The aim of the building, in concept, is to create an inspiring and open network of learning. The design bases itself on the Finnish approach to education which realises the importance of shared learning across disciplines through social study spaces; whilst allowing for intense learning of individual practices in isolated environments.

    Four primary units are present in the Metropolia campus, separated by spaces which look to create a public social environment. While keeping it sheltered from the harsh Finnish climate, the separation of the units gives an almost urban atmosphere, breaking away from the traditional ‘school’ feeling and promoting informal, out-of-office-hours type interactions. The ground floor is kept primary for shared uses, allowing students and teachers from various disciplines to interact, whether it is through open study space, refreshment facilities or the large auditoriums. Within the core units the programme becomes more specialised, allowing for the focus on individual disciplines and more intense research or learning.

    Catering for the high volume of users, underneath the building is a service yard and parking hall. Above this, within the main volumes are a whole host of facilities. Included in this are: Two large auditoriums, a conference centre, restaurant, two sports halls, a therapy pool, clinical laboratory spaces, a simulation centre, clinical health care facilities, vast technical aid workshops, concrete and technical installation laboratories, 1600m2 of library services and Metropolia’s own commercial premises. On top of this, a significant amount of space is dedicated to teacher’s offices, designed according to the activity-based office concept – bringing a more practical and hands-on approach to education which looks to trickle down into the teaching environment.

  • 03Awards

    Build Architecture Awards 2018 - Best Finnish Educational Project

  • 04Credits

    Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects

    Arkkitehtitoimisto Lahto Peltonen Valkama Oy

  • 05Media Kit

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