The Pieksämäki middle school is located at the heart of the Hiekanpää campus. The new building acts as a catalyst for the development of the masterplan, also adding to the existing educational services of the campus. The building is optimized to make use of shared facilities within the campus area, such as student support, healthcare and sports.
The typology of the school is based on an open learning environment. A timber shell structure is introduced for maximum flexibility and brings forth a need to rethink existing learning methods and spaces. At the base of the structure, the ground floor consists of workshop spaces for visual arts and crafts. Additional learning spaces are housed on the upper floors beneath the timber dome. Varying degrees of enclosure are introduced within the learning spaces to support different learning situations and special attention is given to the acoustics to ensure the best possible environment for learning.
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