Over the years in the field of education, Archeus has been developing the Future School of Finland products as a part of Future Learning Finland, a national education export programme for Finnish top-quality educational know-how and learning solutions. The work has been done in cooperation with Finpeda, a Finnish education export company also a member of Future Learning Finland (FLF).
All this aims for better designs of schools matching the 21st century environment of learning with the kids of today and future. We’ve found the cooperation very rewarding, providing insight in the important, pedagogical matters.
As of late, we’ve been working on a modular school concept. Playfully dubbed DICE, the design consists of colourful, varyingly shaped cubic masses, the layout of which can easily be rolled into varying positions to fulfil the needs of the project in question.
The modular school solution consists of learning environment, canteen, administration and gymnasium modules, allowing an easy variation in positioning to suit the features and orientation of the particular site. The number of storeys of the modules vary from one to three stories.
Prior to DICE, the school projects Archeus has done include the Future school project as well as several other school projects in Oulu, two school projects in Kazakhstan and visiting and presenting school projects to Portuguese local education authorities.
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Situated within the brand new Shopping Centre Valkea in downtown Oulu, Original Sokos Hotel Arina’s new conference facilities were designed by Archeus. The facilities consist of a lobby, three small and one large meeting room. The designed spaces are flexible as two of the small meeting rooms can be joined together to form a larger space and the large, 240 square meter meeting room can be divided into three separate spaces.
The basis for the design was to create homelike, energising spaces – thus differing from the more conventional conference facilities. As pictured in the header, the lobby area's green walls are multifunctional decorative elements as they enliven the space and produce healthy indoor air.
A variety of fixture arrangements for waiting and cafeteria purposes are found in the lobby area. The dominating warm wood and discreet white, black and grey elements create a cosier feel for the space.
The small meeting rooms emphasize on the homelike design. A small conference room with a “living room” motif features a playful selection of fixtures, lights and decorative elements creating a truly memorable experience.
The conference facilities are situated on the third floor. The small conference rooms face the four-storey high lobby of Shopping Centre Valkea.
Commercial Centre Toriportti in downtown Oulu has opened. Oulun Puhelin Ltd’s old business premises got a new life as the renovated and joined white-rendered 1930’s and glass-walled 1970’s buildings are now mainly inhabited by offices with the street level spaces mostly in restaurant and café use. The new, distinctive main entrance at the corner of Torikatu and Kauppurienkatu is truly an inviting one amidst the busy street life of the Rotuaari Promenade.
The glass-walled façade of the Torikatu 18 structure had its windows renewed and features enlivening decorative stickers and interesting lighting solutions to be experienced in darker seasons. Yet to be installed are the green awnings above the ground floor windows. A distinctive look and flow was achieved by using the same wood laminate façade panel solutions through-out the entrance, the arching hallway leading into the courtyard and on the courtyard extension itself.
The new, five-storey contemporary courtyard extension adds more than a thousand square meters of efficient and flexible space to the premises. With its unique idiom, the extension makes a truly striking impression and creates an intriguing contrast with the renovated old structure. A glass ceiling covers the courtyard space luring in daylight and the connecting glass walls offer amazing views facing the sea from the spaces within the extension.
Large glass surfaces and simple glass railings provide unobstructed views within the structure. Photo taken from the 4th floor hall looking down on the old 1930’s structure and the new extension towards northeast.
Functions of the businesses spread out to the courtyard enlivening the space.
The new business premise windows on the street level of Kauppurienkatu 7 form stylish jetties. The windows’ streamlined style fits the 1930’s façade subtly yet makes a clear statement of a change in the use of the building.
The contemporary extension is a new, identifiable feature in the Oulu cityscape in the northwest.
Two types of wood laminate façade panels with slightly differing patterns were used through-out the extension – together with the lively layout of the panels this adds an intriguing layer to the structure.
Go have a look what the future of Oulun Puhelin Ltd’s old business premises looks like in the heart of the city!