JKMM Architects

Helsinki | Since 1998 | Employees 17

Lapinrinne 3, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Phone +358 9 2522 0700
Fax +358 9 2522 0710

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Architects
JKMM Architects
Asmo Jaaksi, Teemu Kurkela, Juha Mäki-Jyllilä, Samuli Miettinen
ASMO JAAKSI, Architect SAFA

Asmo Jaaksi (born in 1966) is a partner of JKMM Architects since 1998. He studied architecture at Tampere University Technology. Currently, he is designing e.g. the Finnish Pavillion for the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai in China, Seinäjoki City Library and Saunalahti day-care centre and nursery in Espoo. With JKMM Architects, his recent works include wooden Church in Viikki, Turku City Library, Verkatehdas Factory Cultural Center and new annex buildings for Joensuu University. JKMM Architects has a long track record in high quality built work and architectural competitions. The office has won prizes in nearly 50 architectural competitions, including ca. 20 First Prizes. Asmo Jaaksi has been a lecturer in the School of Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology in 2000-2001. Asmo Jaaksi has received several awards for his work. Awards include Finnish State Award for Architecture 2007, Finnish Steel Structure Award 2007, Finnish Glass Structure Award 2007, Finnish Concrete Structure Award 2007, Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award 2006 and Pietilä Award 2006.

TEEMU KURKELA, BA, Architect SAFA

Teemu Kurkela (born in 1966) is the CEO of JKMM Architects since 1998. He studied architecture at Columbia University, New York and at Helsinki University of Technology. Currently, he is designing the Finnish Pavillion for the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai in China and Moby Dick Cultural Center in Vantaa Finland. With JKMM Architects, his recent work include Turku City Library and Verkatehdas Factory Cultural Center. JKMM Architects has a long track record in high quality built work and architectural competitions. The office has won prizes in nearly 50 architectural competitions, including ca. 20 First Prizes. Teemu Kurkela is a lecturer in the School of Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology. He was the chairman of the Architectural Competition Board, Union of Finnish Architects in 2001-2004. Teemu Kurkela is the Board Member of the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Chairman of Advisory Board in Finnish Architectural Review. Teemu Kurkela has received several awards for his work. Awards include Finnish State Award for Architecture 2007, Finnish Steel Structure Award 2007, Finnish Glass Structure Award 2007, Finnish Concrete Structure Award 2007, Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award 2006 and Pietilä Award 2006

JUHA MÄKI-JYLLILÄ, Architect SAFA

Juha Mäki-Jyllilä (born in 1965) is a partner of JKMM Architects since 1998. He studied architecture at Tampere University Technology. Currently, he is designing e.g. the Finnish Pavillion for the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai in China, Seinäjoki City Library and Toukoranta Apartment Blocks in Helsinki and Saariselkä Tourist Centre in Lapland. With JKMM Architects, his recent works include Turku City Library, Verkatehdas Factory Cultural Center, wooden Church in Viikki, and new annex buildings for Joensuu University. JKMM Architects has a long track record in high quality built work and architectural competitions. The office has won prizes in nearly 50 architectural competitions, including ca. 20 First Prizes. Juha Mäki-Jyllilä has received several awards for his work. Awards include Finnish State Award for Architecture 2007, Finnish Steel Structure Award 2007, Finnish Glass Structure Award 2007, Finnish Concrete Structure Award 2007, Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award 2006 and Pietilä Award 2006.

SAMULI MIETTINEN, Architect SAFA

Samuli Miettinen (born in 1967) is a partner of JKMM Architects since 1998. He studied architecture at Tampere University Technology. Currently, he is designing e.g. the Finnish Pavillion for the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai in China, Seinäjoki City Library and Saunalahti day-care centre and nursery in Espoo. With JKMM Architects, his recent works include wooden Church in Viikki, Turku City Library, Verkatehdas Factory Cultural Center and new annex buildings for Joensuu University. JKMM Architects has a long track record in high quality built work and architectural competitions. The office has won prizes in nearly 50 architectural competitions, including ca. 20 First Prizes. Samuli Miettinen has been a lecturer in the School of Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology in 2000-2002 and after that acting constantly as a lecturer and a critic. He is the chairman of the Association of Finnish Architects' Offices and the Board Member of the Finnish Association of Architects. Samuli Miettinen has received several awards for his work. Awards include Finnish State Award for Architecture 2007, Finnish Steel Structure Award 2007, Finnish Glass Structure Award 2007, Finnish Concrete Structure Award 2007, Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award 2006 and Pietilä Award 2006.

Profile

The Beginning

The firm was established in 1998 by four partners Asmo Jaaksi, Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen ja Juha Mäki- Jyllilä. Currently we have 19 employees (May 2009).

We are designing several important public buildings in Finland. Our goal is to create buildings with exceptional architectural and technical quality. Over the past years, we have received over 56 prizes (including 20 first prizes) in architectural competitions in Finland.

Services provided

JKMM Architects specializes in the following areas of design:

Building design
Interior design
Urban planning
Renovation and restoration

We provide all architectural design work from design to construction documents and supervision of construction itself.

Project approach

In our buildings, we aim to bring together passion for architecture, common sense, sensitivity towards materials and technical innovation. This means careful deliberation of architectural solutions in all design phases and scales. For us, buildings are designed for people. Buildings should be at their best even after decades of use. To achieve quality in a finished building, good coordination of the planning process and experienced design work is required. We use latest technology, Building Information Modeling (BIM), as a tool in our design process.

Philosophy

JKMM ARCHITECTURE - 4 POINTS OF DEPARTURE

Architecture has to do with the context. Architecture of a single building
simultaneously creates the larger architectural context: new fragments of
urban fabric or landscape emerge.

Architecture has to do with people. Spatial experience, scale and function
are abstract things. But in buildings, they should be translated into a physical form. Buildings begin their life when somebody walks in.

Architecture has to do with making sculptures. The guiding force behind the architectural concept is the logic of sculptures. The design process is a delicate affair of refining the balance between the contemporary and timelessness, between stereotypical beauty and odd discoveries.

Architecture has to do with craft. The finished building is what counts. Over decades, buildings should not only withstand time, but get more beautiful with age. The materials of a building are real: they have texture, weight and smell. The joints in a wooden boat possess beauty because they are simple, natural and full fill their function. In buildings, architectural beauty can be found in crafting things. Architects are craftsmen.