After the school building was completed, the architects wrote the following:
“Ymmersta is a new rapidly expanding residential area near the Espoo Centre. Most of the woodland site of the new lower-level comprehensive school slopes to the north. A compact three-story building, with classroom clusters on the top floor, provided a solution to site conditions.
Our goal was to create a warm and individualistic house for young children. This was a decisive factor in the choice of materials, timber and red brick being the predominant ones.
The ground floor halls and canteen receive natural light through large lanterns. Each lantern links to one of the classroom clusters. Artist Kristian Krokfors created the colour schemes of the lightwell back walls; children recognise their own areas and their location by the colour. The first-floor library facilities bridge around the halls and connect visually to other common areas, together forming the heart of the school.”
|Client:||City of Espoo|
|Size:||4 800 m2|
|Architects:||Jukka Sulonen, Karin Krokfors|
|Other team members:||Edda Davídsdottír, Jouni Vainonen, Mari Mannevaara, Sami Vikström|
|Furniture and interior designers:||Martti Lukander, Pasi Hämäläinen|
|Photos:||Oliver Whitehead, Jussi Tiainen|