Topelia, Central Campus

Function University
Area 1460 m²
Client University of Helsinki
Year 2019
Location Helsinki, Finland

The renovation work on the Topelia block of the University of Helsinki's central campus included a review of the use of space for the entire block and the change planning of the approximately 4,500 m2 premises. As sub-projects, plans were drawn up for the various buildings to build a new connection to the block from the H-building through Fabianinkatu to the block, to restore the D- and E-buildings' hospital time in the 1970s and to improve internal use, break and retreat facilities and for the use of the Finnish Institute of Art History, which will be moved from the main building to the F building.

The aim of the design work was to improve the usability of the premises and the connections to and within the block, to make the use of space more efficient and to create a framework for new activities as part of the university's organizational and space use reform launched in 2016.

The historical block is a key part of the University of Helsinki's central campus, which houses the humanities disciplines and, as part of the changed premises, part of the university's administration during the renovation of the Main House. Upon completion of the main building, the premises are to be allocated for use by the university's research institute.