Photo: Petri Summanen
Taking part in the groundbreaking ceremony were Rector Jari Perkiömäki, Chair of the Board Heikki Lehtonen, Dean of the University of the Arts Helsinki Maarit Ruikka and Dean of the Academy of Fine Arts Jan Kaila.

Groundbreaking of the new campus building in Sörnäinen

The new campus building in Sörnäinen will be home to students of the visual arts, dance and theatre

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new campus building of the University of the Arts Helsinki, to be finished in 2021, took place in Sörnäinen on Monday, the 9th of September 2019. The occasion was celebrated with speeches, brass music and coffee and cake, and a time capsule was buried in the foundations of the building for future generations to discover.

“Two years from now we will start a new term at the Sörnäinen campus. The campus will be home to artists and researchers from different fields, and a place of contact between them and different societal agents. We expect this to result in new, exciting ideas and interesting art. Thanks to the campus areas in Töölö and Sörnäinen, the University will have permanent, secure and highly functional premises, which can be easily modified as our operations develop,” says Rector of the University of the Arts Helsinki, Jari Perkiömäki.

The construction work will continue as scheduled after the groundbreaking ceremony, and the more detailed design of the interior spaces will also go ahead as planned. New solutions concerning the premises and operations are to be developed in collaboration with the university community.

The University of the Arts Helsinki focuses its activities on two campus areas

In the future, the University of the Arts Helsinki will operate on two campuses, one in Töölö and the other in Sörnäinen, which is an area undergoing rapid development. Once the new building is finished in 2021, it will form a new campus area for the University of the Arts Helsinki together with the building of the Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy. The operations at the new campus will focus on theatre, dance and the visual arts, while the activities at the Töölö campus are centred around music.

The new building in Sörnäinen has been designed by the award-winning architect office JKMM. Their previous works include, for example, the Finnish pavilion Kirnu at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, the OP centre in Vallila, and the Amos Rex Art Museum. The building is developed by Lujatalo and owned by Veritas.