Ykspihlaja School

The starting point for the design of the new school and day care building in Ykspihlaja was openness, adaptability and accessibility. The building’s shape was inspired by the sea and nature.

City of Kokkola
3550 m² (gross)
Ykspihlajan koulu, välituntipiha ja julkisivu.

A building inspired by nature and the sea

The building grows out of the forest like skerry, its height increasing towards the shore. The day care centre is in a single-storey section of the building on the edge of a mixed forest. This smaller section of the building reflects its purpose for use by small children. The end of the building at the shore rises like a tall periscope looking out to sea. With the windy, maritime conditions in mind, the building mass envelops a courtyard and multifunctional dining area in the centre, so that it is formed around the central section, named Syli.

The facilities are built around a multifunctional hall, which also acts as a dining area, with direct connections to the learning areas, day care centre and sports facilities. The early childhood education and school facilities are designed to be flexible entities that can be adapted to create peaceful, private spaces of various sizes as needed. The spaces can also be combined to create larger, contiguous areas.


Kristian Järvi
Sini Räikkä
Saana Seppänen
Pekka Klemetti
Okko Saurama
Hanna Jokela
Päivi Juvonen
Ilmari Teperi
Eveliina Koho
Joona Koskelo
Satu Fors
Soili Junes
Anna Ervasti-Gussander

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Would you like to create a space that stands out? Are you seeking an environment that fascinates and delights?

We will help you turn your vision into reality.

Meiju Granholm

Account and HR Director, M.Sc. (Econ.)

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