Updated Dipoli opens its doors - the building contains shared spaces, restaurants and galleries

The Dipoli building has has been refurbished into a low threshold meeting place for all of Aalto University and a shared main building.

It contains work spaces, an auditorium, halls, restaurants, exhibition spaces and art.  The building's public areas are open to everyone at Aalto as well as the general public.

University activities on display

The university's activities are on display in the building's halls and exhibition spaces as well as in the form of different events. The opening ceremony for the new academic year will be held at Dipoli on 8 September.

Aalto students, personnel and partners have all participated in creating Dipoli's operational concept and vision. Art created by the university's alumni will be put on display during the autumn in the building's public areas.

The unique building was the first joint design project by architects Raili and Reima Pietilä. Dipoli was completed in 1966. The building was initially owned by the Student Union of the Helsinki University of Technology. For many years, it was the hub of the student union's cultural activities and was known for its broad-scoped range of events. Aalto University purchased the building in 2014.

Stairs lead from the Events lobby to the 2nd floor foyer and Kaleva hall. Photo Tuomas Uusheimo.

Unique architecture

Dipoli has undergone an extensive technical and spatial renovation. Geothermal heat supplies nearly 50 per cent of the building's energy requirements.

'The renovation project respects the Pietiläs' original design and the building's unique architecture. The building's skylights and fireplaces have been refurbished, stairwells, which have at some point in time been cut off have been reopened and the original concrete surfaces have been restored,' explains Vice President Antti Ahlava.

ALA Architects has been the chief architect of the renovation project, and Aalto University alumna Tuuli Sotamaa has been responsible for the interior design.

Dipoli showcases new ways of working

The university's management as well as part of its personnel numbering a total of 140 persons will work in Dipoli. New ways of working will be tested, and work will be carried out in activity-based offices using digital tools.

Dipoli will provide new types of opportunities for cooperation between Aalto students, its personnel and the university's partners. Aalto's partner Technology Academy Finland TAF will move into the building this August.

The renovation will also see events organisation at Dipoli go through an overhaul. The building will now predominantly host the university's own events, but event facilities will also be leased to outside parties.

Restaurant world to be open well into the evening

A versatile restaurant world will also open in Dipoli. Restaurant and café services include student and staff restaurant Reima, which serves subsidised student lunches, Metso, which has an á la carte menu, Bistro Tenhola, Café Reima and Café Carre. Student and staff restaurant Reima and Café Carre are already open.  The building's other restaurants will open in phases throughout September.

The opening hours for the restaurants will be as follows. In August, only Reima and Café Carre are open.

 

Restaurant Already open in August Monday - Thursday Friday Saturday

Student and staff restaurant Reima, 2nd floor

10.30‒13.30

10.30‒19

10.30‒17

11‒15

Reima Café, 2nd floor

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7.45‒19

7.45‒17

9.30‒15

Bistro Tenhola, 1st floor

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16‒22

16‒22

11‒15

Café Carre, 1st floor

8.30‒13.30

7.45‒20

7.45‒20

Where necessary

Metso, á la carte restaurant, 2nd floor

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11‒22

11‒22

11‒22

Conference and function services 1st and 2nd floor

 According to reservations

According to reservations

According to reservations

According to reservations

Restaurants are operated by Fazer who also caters meetings and events at Dipoli. To order these services please contact Fazer by email at [email protected].

The new à la carte restaurant Metso will open in September in the former hall 4. Photo Tuomas Uusheimo.

 

Access to facilities

 Visitors will have free access to the building's public areas during the building's opening hours. Dipoli's Käpyovi entrance will be open Monday through Friday 7.45‒21.45 and on Saturdays 9.30‒21.45. The building's other entrances (Juhlaovi and Pohjoisovi) will be open Monday through Friday 7.45‒17.45. 

Personnel, who work at Dipoli, will be provided new access passes, which will allow them access to work spaces. Dipoli has a new access control system (the same one as at the Learning Centre). The building's mechanical keys have also been renewed, and they too can be collected from Lobby Services. Antti Leino and Sami Kettunen are responsible for Dipoli's keys.

At the moment, Dipoli's conference rooms can be reserved by persons, who work in the university's joint services.

Facility sales: [email protected]

 

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