OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture designed the Riihi house in Alajärvi (Finland), a home that updates the model of the Finnish farmhouse built around a central courtyard, with red fir cladding both inside and outside and great energy efficiency.
r2k architectes' Groupe scolaire Pasteur project is part of the city of Limeil-Brévannes’s urban planning project for redevelopment of the town centre. One of France’s biggest school campuses, Groupe scolaire Pasteur is a prefabricated timber construction.
The design of Olavi Koponen’s new home on the shore of Lake Saimaa in Finland demonstrates the architect’s comprehension of the site. The home is not built on the basis of rigid paths or schemes for living, but draws its inspiration from the act of wandering through the forest, and the use of structural and cladding materials in the project expresses the Finnish architect’s poetics.
In Jyväskylä, home of the Alvar Aalto Museum, the Kuokkala district houses the church of the same name, designed by Lassila Hirvilammi architects of Finland. The building on the market square is designed to form the heart of the community, which sees itself reflected in the use of sustainable materials and handcrafting techniques in the construction.
On the basis of the needs of a private client confined to a wheelchair, Olavi Koponen designs a home that makes its limitations into its strong point: the need for barrier-free movement suggests the idea of a circular floorplan on a level that determines the shape of the building. The wooden cladding and structure are a declaration of Koponen’s vocabulary and his ecological architecture.
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