Helsinki-based duo Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen has sent us their entry in the architectural competition for a future school concept in Vantaa, Finland. The design proposal for Vantaa's Aurinkokivi area was awarded a purchase prize for its inspiring architecture and child-friendly spaces.
Project Description from Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen:
The concept is simple yet fresh: traditional gabled building wings meet and form a surprising composition at the heart of the building. The wings are the home areas the kindergarten and school, and the central spaces are the venue for common activities, sports and arts and spontaneous learning. In the wings, each children group has their own home entrance, group work lobby, and flexible classrooms or playrooms around it. Every wing opens up towards a green courtyard. Art and self-motivated learning are present both in the school’s curriculum and the architecture.
The building is mostly on one level and can be realized with repeating construction elements. It is designed to be inexpensive to build, yet highly inspiring. It is a very realizable solution, which we always aim at. Our goal is to provide inspiring spaces that are easy to build, easy to understand and fun to dwell in.
The jury noted in their report that the entry has a “magical atmosphere both in outdoor and indoor spaces” and that the overall architecture is “fresh and open minded”. They especially praised the inviting and playful composition of the children’s spaces.
Project name: Aurinkokivi school
Status: architectural competition, purchase
Architect: Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen Ltd.
Location: Vantaa, Finland
Use: school, kindergarten and nursery
Floor area: 9,000 m2