The Hiukkavaara multifunctional centre is among the first schools to be built in accordance with the new curriculum that took effect in autumn 2016. The building was designed in conjunction with a pedagogical working group to contain flexible and adaptable spaces suited to various teaching settings, such as phenomenon-based learning and research. The building has a clear hierarchy of spaces: the public lobby is connected to semi-public teaching areas, with more private teaching facilities – the pupils’ home areas – branching off them.
We were awarded the project after winning an architectural competition. The competition was held as part of a negotiation procedure arranged by the City of Oulu’s Facility Services department. Lemminkäinen Talo Oy was allied with the office.