Heikkinen-Komonen Architects – Kangasala Arts Centre, 2015


HEIKKINEN-KOMONEN ARCHITECTS : http://www.heikkinen-komonen.fi/

Kangasala Arts Centre is a symbol of sovereignty and cultural prowess for a small municipality, standing next to a long standing church and a new library in the heart of their village.

The centre was designed to house the chamber of the municipal council and their board of trustees; a multifunctional auditorium able to facilitate a variety of cultural performances, music and film; and a changing exhibitions art museum with permanent space dedicated to renowned sculptor Kimmo Pyykk , a Kangasala native.

The design challenge was hard, since the building had to be placed atop an underground parking facility and had to include an indoor connection to the new library. The end result is a cluster of four glacial erratics with canyons and stairs in between connecting them to each other. In the cityscape the building stands out as sparsely perforated concrete boulders with iron oxide treated facades.

Many fine details had to be left out due to the tight budget of the project.


architects: Heikkinen-Komonen Architects

location: Kuohunharjuntie 6, 36200 Kangasala, Finland

year/status: 2015 (built)

structure: concrete elements

materials: iron oxide treated concrete, concrete

client/contractor: Kangasala municipality / Hartela Oy

project team: Mikko Heikkinen, Janne Kentala, Markku Komonen, Markku Puumala,Mikko Liski (project architect),Kai van der Puij (interior architect)

partner/consultants: A-insin rit (structural), Optiplan Oy (HVAC), Pousi Oy (Electrical)

photography: Tuomas Uusheimo

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