City of Espoo awards the Hurraa award to Vocational College Live’s building

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2020-12-09 16:00

The Building Control Committee and Building Control Department of Espoo have awarded the annual Hurraa award to Vocational College Live’s building in Leppävaara. An honourable mention was also given to Raaden hammas in Keilaniemi.

Spectacular architecture and an impressive interior

Commissioned by Invalidisäätiö, Vocational College Live is this year’s winner of the annual Hurraa award presented by the Building Control Committee and Building Control Department of Espoo. The educational institution’s new building for 1,200 students was completed in January 2020 in Leppävaara.

The Vocational College Live building in Leppävaara.
The educational institution’s beautiful building has been ‘planted’ in the terrain and surrounding environment in an exemplary manner. Photo by Kuvio Oy.

As the grounds for the selection, the Building Control Committee of Espoo highlighted the architecture of the building, which elevates the value of the area, and the impressive interior, which serves as an inspiring and accessible learning environment for special needs students. The beautiful building is also an excellent example of how to ‘plant’ a building in the terrain and surrounding environment. The facade of the educational institution is clad in ceramic, warm-toned pipe profiles, while on the inner courtyard side the wood-clad facade surfaces curve seamlessly to form a canopy.

The interior of the Vocational College Live building in Leppävaara.
The interior of the educational institution serves as an inspiring and accessible learning environment for special needs students. Photo by Vesa Veikko Sakari.

The building was designed by Linja Arkkitehdit Oy and the main contractor was Arkta Rakennuskultti Oy.

Honourable mention given to the renovated Raaden hammas

An honourable mention was awarded to the renovation and expansion project of Raaden hammas, the tallest and most iconic office building in Finland. The office tower, originally designed to serve as the head office of Neste, was completed in 1976.

Renamed Accountor Tower as a result of the project, the 21-storey tower received the most award nominations from the public. The Building Control Committee considered the renovation of the impressive landmark and the preservation of its original purpose to be a valuable and historically respectful act.

Accountor Tower in Keilaniemi.
An honourable mention was also given to Raaden hammas in Keilaniemi. Photo by Janne Ketola.


The renovation expanded the purposes of use of the building with the addition of a rooftop restaurant and ground-level business premises. The building has also become easier to reach as a result of the commissioning of the nearby metro station three years ago. In the future, the area’s transport connections will be further improved by Jokeri Light Rail.

The renovation of the building was planned by Arkkitehtitoimisto SARC Oy and the main contractor was YIT Suomi Oy.

Hurraa award presented for the seventh time

The Hurraa award is an annually presented recognition of a particularly successful act related to the built environment in Espoo. The award was first presented in 2014. This year, the award was presented on 4 December.