Serving Original Sokos Hotel Arina in the Oulu city centre, another major project was carried out by Archeus recently. Placed where the old, then moved office spaces of Co-op Arina were, the old, dark office layout got torn down completely leaving an open layout for the new breakfast and private restaurant of the hotel.
The main windows face the newly opened Shopping Centre Valkea’s five-storey high prom. This offers intriguing views in tandem with heavy curtains left out of the design. The light colour scheme with hints of copper draws inspiration from the open dawn sky above traditional field scenery found all-around Oulu and from the atmosphere of the cosy, grandmother’s home. The light colours help create a roomier feel in the relatively low space.
Wood is used through-out the space with the big panelled walls creating a warm, lively texture in the opposite ends of the restaurant space.
The copper tinted pine cone lights are affordable yet imposing features.
The casual atmosphere stems from the altering furniture, patchwork-like layout of tiles, a surprising, real green area in the middle of the space and from the pleasant lighting. The lighting changes flexibly from the luminous breakfast use to the evening use as a private restaurant.
The bathroom area serves as a contrast to the light restaurant area with its darker look. The intriguing black tiles with similarly shaped mirrors add a fun yet stylish feel with the light wood ceiling heightening the space.
A unique feature, the veranda amidst the rooftops of the block is accessed from the buffet widening the usable area. This nest-like lap was created with the use of a pergola and eaves structures.
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.