Architect
Gullichsen Kairamo Vormala Architects Kristian Gullichsen Timo Vormala
Competition
1982
Completion
1989
Themes
Concrete Structure Award 50 Years
Category
Assembly buildings
Tags
competition concert culture library plaster white
Prizes
The Concrete Structure of the Year 1989

Poleeni Cultural Centre in Pieksämäki was completed in late summer 1989. It was a far-reaching cultural investment by a town of 14000 inhabitants. The various art centres constructed in Finland in the 1980s, including this one, spoke of a higher general level of wealth. The building represents so-called Neo-Modernism, the façades consist of references to early Modernism, especially the 1930s Functionalism, of which there are fine examples in Pieksämäki.

Poleeni is faithful to the result of the architectural competition organised in 1982. The winning entry was designed by Timo Vormala and Kristian Gullichsen from Gullichsen Kairamo Vormala Architects. The competition entry was realised almost as such. Vormala and Gullichsen were assisted by architects Eeva Kilpiö, Aulikki Jylhä, Matti Linko, Ahti Korjula, Ahto Ollikainen, Jussi Murole, Heikki Nieminen, Olli Hakanen and Kati Lehesmaa.

Poleeni’s main facilities are the public library and concert hall. The facilities are arranged around an ‘interior street’, a typical choice for the 1980s public buildings. The library is located on the northern side of the building and the concert hall on the southern side. The entrance portal is situated in the middle of the West façade.

Source: Finnish Architectural Review 8/1989

Location

Savontie 13, Pieksämäki
62.301034, 27.1535567

Images

West elevation and entrance portal, Poleeni Cultural Centre
West elevation and entrance portal, Poleeni Cultural Centre (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
West elevation, curving back wall of the stage, Poleeni Cultural Centre
West elevation, curving back wall of the stage, Poleeni Cultural Centre (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
View from the park, Poleeni Cultural Centre
View from the park, Poleeni Cultural Centre (© Simo Rista / MFA)
Library tower seen from the north, Poleeni Cultural Centre
Library tower seen from the north, Poleeni Cultural Centre (© Simo Rista / MFA)
Foyer, Poleeni Cultural Centre
Foyer, Poleeni Cultural Centre (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Library foyer, Poleeni Cultural Centre
Library foyer, Poleeni Cultural Centre (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Interior of children's fairy tale tower, Poleeni Cultural Centre
Interior of children's fairy tale tower, Poleeni Cultural Centre (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Foyer, Poleeni Cultural Centre
Foyer, Poleeni Cultural Centre (© Simo Rista / MFA)
Concert hall, Poleeni Cultural Centre
Concert hall, Poleeni Cultural Centre (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
and floor plan, Poleeni Cultural Centre
and floor plan, Poleeni Cultural Centre (© Gullichsen Kairamo Vormala Architects)