Aalto University campuses
The Aalto University campuses are situated in the Helsinki metropolitan area: The biggest campus, with the four schools of technology, is in Otaniemi, Espoo, around fifteen minutes by bus or car from the Helsinki city centre. The School of Business is in the heart of Helsinki, in Töölö, and the School of Arts, Design and Architecture is a short distance north of the city centre in Arabia. Aalto University also has smaller units outside the Helsinki area: in Mikkeli, Lahti, Vaasa and Pori.
Campus 2015 - open international architectural design competition for Otaniemi central campus of Aalto University
The web commenting of the first phase entries ended
The web commenting on the competition entries in the Campus2015 architectural design competition ended on Monday 22 October 2012.
Thank you to everybody for participating and commenting. All comments will now be handed over to the jury.
Campus 2015 website (campus.aalto.fi)
The four Aalto University schools of technology are based in Otaniemi in Espoo, 10 km from the center of Helsinki, on a campus designed by Alvar Aalto. Otaniemi has the highest concentration of high technology in the Nordic countries. A unique combination of education, study and business is densely packed into this small area.
Otaniemi has twice been chosen as one of the most innovative areas in Europe, and it has also been awarded the EU Award of Excellence. Several head offices of some of Finland’s largest companies – one of them Nokia – can be found near Otaniemi.
The ‘Teekkarikylä’ Student Village, home to over 2,000 students of technology, is also located in Otaniemi. There are over one hundred student organizations on campus which provide a range of opportunities to take part in pastimes of various kinds, from sports to music.
It has been decided that Aalto University will centralize its operations gradually to the Otaniemi campus area. The centralized campus supports boundary-breaking research and artistic activities by enabling versatile and active forms of interaction. The campus will be built gradually in an economically and ecologically sustainable manner. The aim is to create a vibrant and interactive research and studying environment where work, studying, recreational activities and everyday life will naturally be connected to each other.
Bachelor-level students to Otaniemi
The development of one main campus will begin by gradually concentrating all bachelor-level education to Otaniemi from 2013 onwards. The aim is to make Otakaari 1, an existing building now under renovation, the lively centre of bachelor-level studies and an attractive learning environment where students from various fields can meet and study together.
New centre for the Otaniemi campus
An architectural design competition for designing a lively and campus and its main buildings was opened in April 2012. The aim of the competition is to create a lively and dynamic centre to the Otaniemi campus area. The principal user of the new facilities will be the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
The campus shall communicate a dynamic approach and orientation towards future as well as incorporating novel technical and ecologically sustainable solutions. The purpose of the competition is to find a high-quality urban landscape solution in which the new buildings in the urban structure engage in a dialogue with the existing buildings.
Read more about open international architectural design competition
The Aalto University School of Business is located in the Helsinki Business Campus area in Töölö, in the center of Helsinki. The campus area is a concentration of university-level business and management education and knowledge composed of the Aalto University School of Business and the Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration.
The Helsinki Business Campus represents the best business and management education in Helsinki and Finland. The Campus comprises many units, each with its own identity and culture, but all united by their expertise.
The Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is situated in Arabianranta, "Art and Design City". The City of Helsinki requires all developers in the Arabianranta area to use 1–2% of the building investments of individual sites for works of art.
This rule has been followed since the launching of development in the area in 2000, and at present, some fifty art projects are in various stages of realization at Arabianranta. Art is an important component in shaping the identity of this area, which is based on the Arabia factory, the School of Arts, Design and Architecture currently operating in the old factory facilities, and other institutes of art-related education in the area.
Aalto University School of Business has a BScBA degree program in Mikkeli in Eastern Finland. The Mikkeli Campus is part of The Mikkeli University Consortium, which is a networked academic community, founded on the provision of scientific research and university-level teaching and interaction with surrounding society. Its strength is derived from the considerable scientific expertise of the four Finnish universities that established the Consortium and enable it to fulfil regional needs. The Mikkeli University Consortium strives to integrate its know-how of nature and the environment with technological and entrepreneurial expertise.
The Mikkeli Campus (biz.aalto.fi)
Western Finland Design Centre Muova is a research and product development center, which offers design, research and training services. Muova operates in Vaasa, western Finland and it unites the academic skill and capabilities of the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture with those of the University of Vaasa. The center specializes in solving problems and fulfilling needs in the business world.
Muova has served companies and organizations since 1988 and has an extensive domestic and international cooperation network.
The Department of Art and Media, Pori is located in the University Consortium of Pori in western Finland. The Consortium houses experts from 190 different fields and 2500 students.
The School of Arts, Design and Architecture plays an active role in developing tasks and as an expertise organization at the University Consortium of Pori and in the Satakunta region. The School collaborates with several regional, national and international communities and actors in the field of visual culture and media production.
The Department of Art and Media, Pori (taide.aalto.fi)