Purchase in architectural competition

May 23rd 2017 // Kuopio, Finland

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Kouvo & Partanen Architects has received a purchase prize in the open Kuopion soiva ja sykkivä sydän architectural competition. The task in the two-phase competition was to design an upper secondary school, a hotel and congress centre and residencial block in the centre of Kuopio city in eastern Finland. The task also included designing the vast park areas on the shores of Kallavesi lake.

You can see more on the competition panels (text in Finnish).



ALMA Hotel Residence opened with festivities

April 19th 2017 // Atacama, Chile

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ALMA Hotel Residence was handed over to the Joint ALMA Observatory in the opening festivitis on April 19th 2017. The event was attended by the ALMA Board and the directors of ESO, NAOJ and NRAO, and naturally also the architects who designed the building. The photo on the left shows the ALMA Director, Pierre Cox, Aino Partanen, Erkki Partaken and Sinikka Kouvo, and ESO's Director General, Tim de Zeeuw. The photo on the right shows the main building and dormitories lit by the evening sun.

More fresh photos on the project can be seen here. Take a look, too, at ESO's short presentation film here.



ALMA Atacama hotel residence for scientists completed

November 23rd 2016 // Atacama, Chile

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The hotel residence for scientists in the Atacama Desert in Chile is completed and being furnished at the moment. The residence will be taken into use in the beginning of 2017. These photos of the completed project reflect the mysterious atmosphere of the Atacama desert.



Exhibition in Venice Architecture Biennale now open

June 7th 2016 // Venice, Italy

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Palazzo Bembo, Riva del Carbon, 4793 Venice, 3rd floor, room 3 // Open May 28th - November 27th 2016

Our office is on display in Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 in Time Space Existence –exhibition. The exhibition comprises three parts: The Scale of the Unknown presents ALMA Atacama Hotel Residence for Scientists, which is under construction in the Andes in Chile; Through Sound, Movement and Light presents Tampere Music Academy House, which is in planning phase; and Memory and Experience presents the works of the office with some completed projects.

Read more: Time Space Existence: In Search of Permanent Architecture



ALMA Atacama Residence Dormitories under construction

June 1st 2016 // Atacama, Chile

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The hotel residence for scientists has been under construction in the Atacama Desert in Chile since February 2015. These photos show the almost finished dormitories in the beginning of June. The dormitories are now in the phase of interior finishing. You can follow the construction via live web camera.



Hoplaxskolan refurbishment in progress

May 24th 2016 // Munkkiniemi, Helsinki, Finland

Hoplaxskolan secondary school in Munkkiniemi, Helsinki went under renovation in February 2016. The main contractor is Oy Rakennuskultti Ab, client is Premises Centre and the project is led by PWD Construction Management. The school has went through demolition work and underdraining during the spring. The plumbing has also started and some of the floors and new partition walls are being constructed. The students will get back to their refurbished school in autumn 2017.


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