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Category
Educational buildings
Architect
Erik Bryggman
Selections
Erik Bryggman’s architecture
Tags
Åland brick school
Competition
1945
Design
1945
Completion
1955

Bryggman got the project based on a winning entry in an invited competition. The school comprises three main wings grouped around a rectangular courtyard. The middle wing, a two-storey block running north-south, comprises the school’s large brick-floored entrance hall, which is also used for breaks, and a teachers’ lounge upstairs. Classrooms are in the single-storey southern wing as well as in the upper floors of the three-storey northern wing, which also comprises the dining room on the ground floor. The floor level of the northern wing is half a storey higher than that of the central wing.

Yellow brick has been used sensitively throughout, and its varying shades enliven the façades. Some of the brickwork has been laid in a dogtooth pattern under the eaves. Small balconies are a repeated motif; above the south entrance there are two balconies and in the northern class wing there are French balconies.

A sports building by Einari Teräsvirta was built west of the school building in the 1970s, and it continued Bryggman’s original concept.

Text: Mikko Laaksonen

Location

Västra Skolgatan 4, Mariehamn
60.099144, 19.9340315

Images

Perspective drawing (1945) of the main entrance, Mariehamn Övernäs Primary School
Perspective drawing (1945) of the main entrance, Mariehamn Övernäs Primary School (© MFA)
Brick-floored entrance hall, Mariehamn Övernäs Primary School
Brick-floored entrance hall, Mariehamn Övernäs Primary School (© Mikko Laaksonen / Bryggman Institute)
Entrance façade, Mariehamn Övernäs Primary School
Entrance façade, Mariehamn Övernäs Primary School (© Mikko Laaksonen / Bryggman Institute)
Yard side, Mariehamn Övernäs Primary School
Yard side, Mariehamn Övernäs Primary School (© Mikko Laaksonen / Bryggman Institute)

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