NIEMENRANTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
A take on New Regionalism
Type: Public - educational
Location: Oulunsalo, Finland
Year: Completion 2012
Size: 3670 br-m2
Collaboration with Martti Karsikas
Curated for La Biennale di Venezia 2016 - Nordic pavillion: "In therapy"
Presented in MFA Biennial review of finnish architecture 2014
showcased in the exhibition 100 Architects of the year 2014, Korea (KIA)
Published widely in international and domestic architectural publications: ARK - Finnish architectural review, Archdaily, Dezeen, Architizer, Brick bulletin, Construire in Laterizio, Oulunsalon arkkitehtuuria 2 etc.
The school building for the new residential area gets it's form from simple principles. The street is confined by a free-formed brick wall, saluting the Oulu School -style from areas recent past. The more exact but small scaled yards face the south. The building form is a synthesis of the functional and urban goals. Wooden free-from ceilings in the lobby and canteen create a lofty space out of limited resources.