Kuntola Multi-purpose Building
- Kirsti Sivén & Asko Takala
Järvenpää, Finland, 2011
Kuntola building is a part of the Validia Educational Centre of Invalidiliitto (Union for Disabled People in Finland) in Järvenpää town. The user representatives participated in the design phase to ensure use for disabled people and give them a pleasant working environment.
The building has various teaching premises and a sports hall and it is built on the tight site of a former swimming pool and gym building. The blue-green façade of the new building is reminiscent of the old swimming pool building.
The small plot and the generous program lead to an effective and compact shape. The only exception in this box-shaped building is a small yard to indicate the main entrance. Different colours are used on the facades to counterbalance the plain shape of the building. The façade is made of long vertical ceramic boards. The colour variation of those boards gives a livelier and lighter appearance to this massive building. This façade element is also found inside in the main hall and in the entrance. In the high ceiling hall a wall is covered by perforated ceramic boards to absorb noise.
Strong colours are also used inside. The main door and the lift shafts are red in contrast to the blue-green facades. Furniture and laminated doors have strong colours as well. The wooden surfaces bring some warmth to the corridors and ribbon windows in the classrooms. The walls of the sports hall are cladded with veneered acoustic panels stained in warm red.