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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Nordic Architecture Finland
Helsinki Court House - refurbishment of the old alcohol factory. Photo: Jussi Tiainen.
Elegance and ecology to every extent Tuomo Siitonen Architects is an award-winning architecture office consisting of 15 leading architects and designers. Working on a broad range of projects, from town planning to interior design, the company emphasises elegance and ecology in all its architectural solutions, no matter the scale of the project. By Nia Kajastie | Photos: Tuomo Siitonen Architects
Tuomo Siitonen Architects has over 50 award-winning entries to Finnish and foreign architecture competitions, while Tuomo Siitonen himself has years of industry experience. He spent 15 years working as a professor of architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology TKK and is the only architect to date to have been awarded the Finnish State Art Prize for Architecture twice.
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While presenting the award, the jury noted: “Tuomo Siitonen’s recent work shows uncompromising professionalism in challenging settings and an admirable ability to revitalise. The renovation of Alko’s (the Finnish alcohol monopoly) plant and headquarters into the Helsinki Court House was a huge undertaking, where the old was transformed into the
new, without losing the original spirit of the building. Taking the place of the Salmisaari coal stockpiles, the insurance company Varma’s red-brick office buildings are now a cogent part of the cityscape. The plan for the Helsinki Leppäsuo block opens new perspectives into Finnish housing architecture.” With its impressive portfolio, Tuomo Siitonen Architects is often working on some of the biggest and most demanding projects in Finland. The renovation of Alko’s plant into the Helsinki Court House won the award for Concrete Structure of the Year and was, like the Varma office build-
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