The OP group’s Vallila premises are set to become a hub for its synergistic activities, and have therefore required extensive new construction and renovation work. The aim has been an urban quarter that functions as a coherent whole, embodies the modern work environment, and boasts a distinct identity firmly rooted in OP?s values.
The interaction between the inside and outside of the large quarter was at the heart of the architectural concept: The inside should be visible to outside observers, thus creating vistas of openness and transparency. In turn, those inside require visual contact with the outside world. This vision was brought to life through tall openings designed between the building materials, which punctuate the long façades and open up a view of the inside.
The design process has aimed to eschew rectangular designs in favour of a strong and memorable visual identity: the sculptural, massive quality of the new buildings recalls the imposing solidity of erratic boulders. The presence of the latter as an architectonic and design theme carries connotations of durability, permanence and Finnishness.
The “gallery”, a circular indoor path under a glazed roof, serves as the quarter?s hub, connecting various functional units and providing a meeting space.
The design of the premises takes its cues from a new work environment concept, in which solutions seek to enable various modes of working, from quiet concentration to active interaction and teamwork. The themes of openness, flexibility and functional community take center stage in the new multi-space work environment.
Once all the new buildings are finished, the Vallila campus will provide a workplace for about 3 300 OP Financial Group employees.
TYPE: Commercial › Office
PHOTO: Marc Goodwin, Tuomas Uusheimo, Mika Huisman