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Syvälahti Education Centre in Turku, Finland

28 Feb 2020

Syvälahti Education Centre

Design: Verstas Architects

Location: Turku, Finland

Syvalahti Education Centre Turku Finland

Syvälahti Education Centre is a multipurpose building combining a comprehensive school, a day-care centre, a public library, a youth centre and a childcare guidance centre. All are under one twisting roof. The building serves nearly a thousand one to sixteen-year-old pupils. Verstas Architects designed a plan that reflects the new Finnish curriculum highlighting shared and multidisciplinary learning.

Syvalahti Education Centre Turku Finland

The education centre is on the island of Hirvensalo in the city of Turku, the old capital of Finland in the southwest. The building mass is incorporated into the hilly surroundings of the island to form comfortable, sheltered school yards opening towards pleasant views and sun. Large clear-cut windows give rhythm to the heavy, twisting masonry of the facades and wide openings near the entrances provide views to the surroundings. Timeless reddish-brown brickwork gives warmth and a sense of handicraft to the building thus rendering it with a monolithic, recognizable appearance and rooting it to the place.

Syvalahti Education Centre Turku Finland

The public services are located near the main entrance of the school and the day-care centre. The main space of the building, the school dining hall, is open for all users. It is surrounded by arts and music studios as well as wood, metal, textile and cooking workshops that foster a buzzing atmosphere of doing in the school.

Syvalahti Education Centre Turku Finland

Syvälahti Education Centre is carried out as an alliance project comprising Verstas Architects, NCC, Caverion and the client, the City of Turku.

Syvalahti Education Centre Turku Finland Syvalahti Education Centre Turku Finland

The Syvälahti Education Centre is more than a school for 800 comprehensive school pupils and eight day-care groups. It is community centre. The program included public services that have synergy with the school: a library, a youth centre and a guidance centre.

Syvalahti Education Centre Turku Finland

Syvalahti Education Centre Turku Finland

Finland launched a new national curriculum in 2016. The new curriculum emphasizes integration and dialogue both between pupils and subjects: collaboration and understanding interdependencies between different learning contents. This way of learning requires schools that foster communal spirit and allow flexible use for different kinds of groups and different types of studying. The Syvälahti Education Centre was among the first contemporary schools build especially the new national curriculum in mind.

Syvalahti Education Centre Turku Finland

Syvalahti Education Centre Turku Finland

The Syvälahti Education Centre responds to modern Finnish pedagogical requirements with flexible spaces: open clusters of learning spaces organized around ‘learning squares’. Smaller pupils are primarily in their own clusters dedicated to their age group, while the older year groups have their spaces clustered by subjects – communication, natural sciences etc. Not every year group has its own classroom. Instead, the learning spaces are used in different ways depending on the subject and the size of group. All ‘learning squares’ are closely connected to the central common area of the school, which are also used as learning spaces both for teamwork and individual study.

Syvalahti Education Centre Turku Finland

Syvalahti Education Centre Turku Finland

Syvälahti Education Centre in Finland – Building Information

Architects: Verstas Architects

Project size: 11690 sqm
Completion date: 2018

Syvalahti Education Centre Turku Finland

Photography: Kuvio

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Location: Turku, Finland

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