New cross-artistic campus to be built for Uniarts Helsinki
The building will be designed by renowned JKMM Architects.
The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) has commissioned a new cross-disciplinary campus building to be built to the central and burgeoning neighbourhood of Sörnäinen in Helsinki. The building will replace the current location of the Academy of Fine Arts, and will also house the university’s other activities.
The building will be located next to the Theatre Academy, thus bringing fine arts and theatre students closer together.
– The new building will finally conclude the long search for proper premises for the Academy of Fine Arts. Our aim is to create a unified campus for Uniarts Helsinki that could facilitate cross-artistic encounters and a more profound, cross-disciplinary collaboration. We have a considerable amount of artistic activities that are open to the public and I believe that the new building will add to the appeal of the neighbourhood, Rector Jari Perkiömäki rejoices.
As a result, Uniarts Helsinki’s activities will be focused on two campuses in the future. The Sibelius Academy’s premises will be located in Töölö, whereas the Theatre Academy and the Academy of Fine Arts will centre their activities in Sörnäinen. Both Töölö and Sörnäinen are central locations in Helsinki.
The new building is commissioned by Veritas Pension Insurance, which will also act as Uniarts Helsinki’s lessor after construction completes. The building will be put up by Lujatalo Oy and designed by JKMM Architects. The building is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
– The traditional industrial area of Sörnäinen provided a delightful starting point for creating interesting architecture and an innovative learning environment. Uniarts Helsinki’s new building will become an important part of an already rapidly developing neighbourhood, JKMM Architects’ partner Asmo Jaaksi states.
JKMM Architects is an award-winning, Helsinki-based architecture firm with over 40 wins from architectural competitions. The firm is known for e.g. Finland’s “Kirnu” (“Giant's Kettle”) pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010, as well as the Turku, Seinäjoki and Kirkkonummi main libraries. Currently JKMM is designing the Helsinki-based Amos Rex Museum, which will open to the public in 2018.
The developer, builder and architect consortium was chosen through a competitive bidding process during spring 2017.
Rector Jari Perkiömäki
Media contacts through Uniarts Helsinki communications: Head of Communications Eveliina Olsson, tel. 050 598 6492,
Photos: JKMM Arkkitehdit