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Category
Educational buildings
Architect
Linja Architects
Selections
New Trends in School Design
Tags
colour school wood
Gross area (m²)
5650
Completion
2014

When the city of Kouvola started a project for a new primary school for 590 pupils of grades 1 to 6, practical goals were sustainability, energy efficiency and material durability. On the other hand, the new school was to nurture the pupils’ psychological and social wellbeing by creating a healthy, safe and functional learning and teaching environment that would also be aesthetically pleasing.

As the city of Kouvola strives to be a national forerunner in wood construction, it is was obvious that wood was to be the main building material of the new school. At the time of its completion Mansikkamäki School was the largest wooden school building in Finland.

Despite the school’s impressive size, the building does not include a dining hall and gymnastics hall. Instead, they are located in the older buildings on the site. Therefore, the heart of the school is the inner atrium courtyard around which the building twines. The heart is highlighted by colourful and playful facades facing the atrium.

The spatial structure of the school is based on classrooms and corridors with adaptability and multipurpose use in mind, so that the classrooms can easily be divided into different sized separate spaces. Demands of special education are carefully taken into consideration in Mansikkamäki School, since the teaching of autistic children in Kouvola is concentrated there.

Text: Petteri Kummala

Location

Huovihongantie 3, Kouvola
60.876966, 26.7264138

Images

Mansikkamäki School
Mansikkamäki School (© LINJA ARKKITEHDIT OY)
Mansikkamäki School
Mansikkamäki School (© LINJA ARKKITEHDIT OY)
Mansikkamäki School
Mansikkamäki School (© LINJA ARKKITEHDIT OY)
Mansikkamäki School
Mansikkamäki School (© LINJA ARKKITEHDIT OY)
Mansikkamäki School
Mansikkamäki School (© LINJA ARKKITEHDIT OY)
Mansikkamäki School
Mansikkamäki School (© LINJA ARKKITEHDIT OY)
Mansikkamäki School
Mansikkamäki School (© LINJA ARKKITEHDIT OY)
Mansikkamäki School
Mansikkamäki School (© LINJA ARKKITEHDIT OY)
Mansikkamäki School
Mansikkamäki School (© LINJA ARKKITEHDIT OY)
Siteplan, Mansikkamäki School
Siteplan, Mansikkamäki School (© LINJA ARKKITEHDIT OY)
Ground floor, Mansikkamäki School
Ground floor, Mansikkamäki School (© LINJA ARKKITEHDIT OY)
1st floor, Mansikkamäki School
1st floor, Mansikkamäki School (© LINJA ARKKITEHDIT OY)
West elevation, Mansikkamäki School
West elevation, Mansikkamäki School (© LINJA ARKKITEHDIT OY)
South elevation, Mansikkamäki School
South elevation, Mansikkamäki School (© Archinfo assistant)