Otakaari 2: Marsio and Kide
Approximately 6,500 brm2 of state-of-the-art multifunctional space for teaching, research, events and a studio centre will be completed at Marsio (Otakaari 2A). Its facilities will be equipped with new digital technologies that enable cross-disciplinary research and teaching, and will take Aalto's events to a new level, both on campus and virtually.
The aim of the new building is to showcase for Aalto's unique research and teaching both in Finland and internationally. In addition to the facilities serving Aalto's users, the building will have space for restaurant and event service operators.
The Kide building (Konemiehentie 1, previously Otakaari 2B) brings approximately 5,700 brm2 for teaching, research and office space to the School of Science and the School of Electrical Engineering. The new building will be connected to the Nanotalo building and Aalto Nanomicroscopy Center, allowing for more collaboration in the field of nanotechnology.
The building complements the range of facilities in the universities and brings flexibility to the operation of the higher education institutions.
Schedule and construction
The construction site of the buildings was fenced off at the beginning of January 2022, when the parking spaces at the Otakaari 2B construction site were also removed. At the same time, the pedestrian ways and cycle lanes were completely moved to Väre and the School of Business building side. Construction sites may cause temporary disturbances on Otakaari, Maarintie and Konemiehentie.
Work began in February 2022. The buildings are estimated to be completed in 2023-2024.
Developer Aalto University Campus & Real Estate
Design: SARC Architects
Marcus Korhonen, Director (Marsio, Aalto Studios),
[email protected], tel. 040 012 9629
Jarmo Wilander, Director, Construction (Aalto University Campus & Real Estate),
[email protected], tel. 040 541 3304
Tuomas Kostia, Construction Project Manager, (Aalto University Campus & Real Estate), [email protected], tel. 050 522 5480
Noora Stapleton, Senior Communications Specialist,
[email protected], tel. 050 353 1525
Images of Marsio & Kide buildings
Illustration image from the Undergraduate Centre point of view. Image: SARC Architects
Marsio and Kide, view from Undergraduate Centre at dusk. Image: SARC Architects
Illustration image of Marsio's facade (right), with Väre building in the background. Image: SARC Architects
Marsio, illustration image from the other side of Maarintie. Image: SARC Architects
Kide, illustration image from Maarintie and Konemiehentie crossing. Image: SARC Architects
Illustration image of an aerial view of the centre of the campus, with the new buildings. Image: SARC Architects
Images from the foundation stone laying ceremony 29.9.2022
Marianna Bom, Kirsti Jerkku, Janne Laine, and Antti Ahlava laying the foundation stone. Image: Mikko Raskinen/Aalto University
The new name of the Otakaari 2A building, Marsio, was announced during the laying of the foundation stone ceremony. Image: Mikko Raskinen/Aalto University
Image: Mikko Raskinen/Aalto University
In front of Marsio. Image: Mikko Raskinen/Aalto University
Images from the topping-out ceremony 4.5.2023
Participants at the topping-out ceremony. Speaking Marianna Bom / Aalto University
Participants at the topping-out ceremony.
The ceremony was opened by Ville Jokela / ACRE.
The speech on behalf of the main contractor was held by the NCC Managing Director Kati Tauriainen.
Aalto University's speech was held by Chief Financial Officer Marianna Bom.
The music was provided by Retuperän WBK at the ceremony.
Long live the campus! The foundation laying ceremony of Otakaari 2 celebrated the university's new buildings
The foundation of the Otaniemi campus' newest buildings, Otakaari 2A and 2B, was laid on September 29. The new name of the Otakaari 2A building was also revealed at the event