Physicum is located in Kumpula district, outside the city centre.  Kumpula campus is one of the campus areas in which laboratory, teaching and research facilities of various university departments are concentrated on. It houses the Department of Physical Sciences, as well as its campus library. Kumpula hill is one of the highest spots in the city’s topography, which gives Physicum and the whole campus area an important role both symbolically and from a landscape point of view.

The construction of the building started after an architectural competition held in 1997. The winning entry was designed by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects. The building was completed in 2001.

The main concept of the building’s design is functionally and architecturally dense units, which are grouped along with a commonly used external space. Whitened concrete block and an untreated aluminum grid are the main materials of the facades and are also repeated inside the building. The wood and veneer surfaces create colour and warmth to the pedestrian routes beside the building.

Sources:

http://www.ark-l-m.fi/projects/education/physicum-university-of-helsinki-helsinki-finland/

https://www.architonic.com/en/project/architects-lahdelma-mahlamaki-helsinki-university-exactum/5100490

 

Location

Väinö Auerin katu 11, Helsinki
60.2056772, 24.9616969

Images

Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Jussi Tiainen / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects)
Main Entrance, Helsinki University Physicum Building
Main Entrance, Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Jussi Tiainen / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Jussi Tiainen / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Pertti Nisonen / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Jussi Tiainen / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Jussi Tiainen / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects)
Main lobby, Helsinki University Physicum Building
Main lobby, Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Jussi Tiainen / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects)
Main staircase, Helsinki University Physicum Building
Main staircase, Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Jussi Tiainen / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Jussi Tiainen / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Jussi Tiainen / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Jussi Tiainen / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects)
Auditorium, Helsinki University Physicum Building
Auditorium, Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Jussi Tiainen / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects)
Library, Helsinki University Physicum Building
Library, Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Jussi Tiainen / Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects)
Site plan, Helsinki University Physicum Building
Site plan, Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects)
Ground floor, Helsinki University Physicum Building
Ground floor, Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects)

Additional media

Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Archinfo assistant)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Archinfo assistant)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Archinfo assistant)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Archinfo assistant)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Archinfo assistant)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Archinfo assistant)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Archinfo assistant)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Archinfo assistant)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Archinfo assistant)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Archinfo assistant)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Archinfo assistant)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Archinfo assistant)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Archinfo assistant)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Archinfo assistant)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Archinfo assistant)
Helsinki University Physicum Building
Helsinki University Physicum Building (© Archinfo assistant)