Suomalais-venäläinen koulu (SVK) School - Education - Helsinki, Finland

Suomalais-venäläinen koulu (SVK) School

Helsinki, Finland, Map

One of the largest wooden schools has one of the smallest carbon footprints and some of the strongest health and well-being results for pupils. This case study reveals key findings leading to the sustainability success.

The design group for the urban school project was chosen via an architectural competition.

The proposals were assessed for their sustainability including creating a healthy indoor climate optimised for working and learning and for environmental impact, (air quality can have a developmental impact on young lungs and health with children spend on seven hours a day on average indoors). Costs were also a key consideration as they are for most schools.

The winning design had both an in-depth understanding of how students will use the building and demonstrated a thorough grasp of greenhouse gas emissions across all building phases, from material production to construction to the eventual deconstruction, which were fully considered and calculated during the planning and design of the school.

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Area (m²) 6500
Storeys 2
Products Sylva™ CLT Floors and Roofs, Sylva™ LVL Beams and Columns
Product quality Sylva™ CLT Walls and Sylva LVL beams
Product volume (m³) 1 000
Developer Senaatti Kiinteistöt
Architect Arkkitehtitoimisto Frondelius + Keppo + Salmenperä Oy (AFKS)
Structural Engineer A-Insinöörit
MEP Designer Jaakko Keppo AFKS ARK
Main contractor SRV Rakennus Oy
Specialist Timber Subcontractor Puurakentajat Group Oy