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Nokia headquarters
The leading objective for the design was to build a working environment for the new millennium that could inspire creative thinking and interaction. This has been achieved through a repetitive, easily altered spatial unit catering equally well for both individual and group working. Communication is enhanced through transparency between the different areas and spatial groupings and through the cellular landscape office and desk areas. The plan is developed around a triangle of 1,000 net square metres in which the number of restricting, fixed structures and installations has been kept to the minimum. In actual fact, the space has been divided into 20 different triangles containing traditional offices, cellular landscape office units, meeting rooms, desk areas, storage spaces, etc. One triangle houses between 40 and 80 members of staff.

The spaces are arranged around two atriums, whose ground levels act as versatile agoras housing a restaurant, meeting place and exhibition area. All private rooms and meeting rooms used by outside visitors are situated on the ground floor. The plan includes two auditoriums: one which can be altered to house 50 to 100 people, and one with fixed furniture for 150 people.

The choices of interior materials closely followed the goal of authenticity. Redhued species of wood are used in large quantities to give warmth and calm to the hectic working environment. On the floors above ground level, the furniture, doors and wall elements are made of common alder and birch; the windows are made of pine. On the ground floor, the durability of fixtures has been enhanced through the use of cherry tree and red oak. Steel features prominently in the filigreelike parts of the bearing and supplementary structures which are coated with a steel grey metallic colour. The stiffening vertical towers made of reinforced concrete have been given a greenish grey spatula treatment. Natural lighting and the surrounding landscape have a special function within the interior architecture.

The building has the first double facade ever realised in the Nordic countries, marking a step towards more sustainable development. Passive means are used to save the energy needed for cooling during the summer and heating during the winter. The exterior thermal stress is relieved through the double facade, the interior stress through cooling beams and convectors. The air conditioning system incorporates an efficient heat exchanger (heat and cool air recovery), and the medium used is harmless to the ozone layer. Special attention has been given to the quality of the air, the minimising of material emission, and the cleanliness of the channels.
Architect Helin Pekka
Country Finland
Region Central Finland & Kymenlaakso
City Keilalahti, Espoo
End of the work 2001
Materials -Bois
Total surface area 186 000 + 111 200
Used surface area 38 300 + 24 500
Photographer Voitto Niemelä
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