This is the main hospital of the second largest city in Finland. The building emerges from the existing 1970’s Puolarmaari hospital. The patient wings form six building parts gathered around organic atrium courtyards. The area encompasses 55.000 m2. Patient rooms are situated facing the interior gardens, emphasizing community and homeliness. There are also homes and supporting facilities for long-term elderly patients. The building concept is a combination of an Alp clinic, a Beverly Hills-style recreational centre, a destination for leisure, and a public space. The hospital services are situated on their own level, leaving the patient levels undisturbed. This design won the international two-stage competition.


The City of Espoo, K2S Architects Ltd


urban design


co-author of the winning competition entry with speciality in concept development, spatial and programmatic structure


design 2008, completion 2015/16


Antti Ahlava in collaboration with K2S Architects Ltd

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