Espoo FI

Type International invited competition 2016, 1st Prize
Team Anttinen Oiva Architects
Role Landscape Architectural Design and Urban Space
Client Aalto University
Size 90.000 m2
Project start 2016
Status Ongoing


The Mountain Man project connects the most central main buildings of Otaniemi campus with the future metro station, and it forms an important part of Aalto university campus centre.


The core idea for the outdoor spaces of the campus are to emphasize routes and pedestrian flows throughout the planning area. The area becomes a network of meeting point that highlights the new essential city spaces. Open grass planes and denser forest vegetation are framing the building volumes and reflects the existing characteristics of the Otaniemi landscape. It was a important part of the competition to create an area that reflects the atmosphere of Otaniemi campus.


The jury wrote: ‘The proposal is subtle, effective, and even with its high site efficiencies, conveys the spirit of Otaniemi. It is a distinctive entity that imparts variety to its surroundings and supports the university’s diversification objectives.’


Axonometry from southwest: The Entrance Square is the starting point of a series of formal meeting points and city spaces in the Otaniemi area. A variation of spaces and passages are created between the green

vegetation islands, where raised edges serve as informal seating. Axonometry from southeast: The vibrant and intimate Student Square creates an outdoor heart and local meeting point for student life.