Espoo, a city in southern Finland located west of Helsinki is a region with broad, flat valleys with clay hills. The area has been inhabited since 3500 BC. Espoo is connected to Helsinki and the rest of Finland via Railway connections. Espoo covers 204 square miles of area with a total population of 300k residents in 2020, becoming the second-most populous city in Finland. The city line of Espoo is dominated by a series of detached houses and suburban clusters and the city has a large share of the natural area which includes a long shoreline, forests, lakes, and a national park.
The landmark buildings of Espoo include a Church dating from 1458, the castle-like studio of artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela built in 1911-13, and the Tarvaspaa Museum. It also hosts the famous Helsinki University of Technology. The city has been divided into seven major districts and these are further divided into smaller districts and neighborhoods. The city has no traditional city center, it has five distinct city centers and other local centers which are formed around the historical manors. Espoo has a total of 71 lakes and the largest coastline on the Gulf of Finland. The city also has six Natural protected areas which include forests and national parks.
Re-thinking The Future is a global platform for architecture and design. RTF along with our authors has curated a list of top architecture firms in various cities across the globe. Please note that the names are arranged in alphabetical order and are not ranked in any manner.
Scope of services: Traditional architectural design, town, and spatial planning
Types of Built Projects: Housing and apartments, Villas, town planning.
Locations of Built Projects: The majority of their projects are built in Espoo, Helsinki, Tapiola, and areas of Hyvinkaa.
Style of work: Innovative development projects with most modern methods and technologies. They concentrate efforts towards energy efficiency and renovation projects, research, and development.
They have been actively involved in joint international projects, such as the Alter program ‘EU-Competition for Bioclimatic Urban Redevelopment — Innovative Redevelopment of Urban Areas in 7 European cities’ and edge cities.
Scope of services: All aspects of Architectural design in renovation projects require the design of new buildings including preserving the value of original buildings.
Types of Built Projects: Residential, Hospital, Offices, and Renovation projects.
Locations of Built Projects: The majority of their projects are built across Espoo and Helsinki.
Style of work: 3D modeling and BIM are the key ways of working.
An architectural firm called Arkkitehdit D4 Oy was established in 1988. All facets of architectural design, including protected value building design, are part of their job description for refurbishment projects.
Architects Hannes Hakkinen
Scope of services: Sketching, main and implementation design, land use planning, zoning, and landscape design
Types of Built Projects: Semi-detached and detached houses, Villas, Public housing projects
Locations of Built Projects: The majority of their projects are located in Espoo, Helsinki, and some in Kemiönsaari .
Style of work: The office specializes in housing design: single- or more residential buildings, extensions of detached houses, renovations, and holiday homes are typical design sites. The Office also draws up various regional plans for the needs of real estate development or zoning. The office’s design tools are ArchiCAD and Vertex BD – all plans are modeled in 3D.
A design studio called Hannes Häkkinen Oy was founded at the start of 2014 and is based in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The office specialises in residential design; typical design goals include single- or multi-unit residential projects, additions to detached homes, renovations, and vacation homes.
Architects Jukka Aittola
Scope of services: Architectural design, Interior design
Types of Built Projects: Public projects including industrial and warehouse buildings, sports buildings, laboratory and teaching buildings, shops to libraries and museums, renovation and expansion projects, single-family housing projects.
Locations of Built Projects: The majority of their projects are built in the area of Helsinki.
Style of work: They focus on designing well-functioning, beautiful, and sustainable buildings/spaces.
Architects Jukka Aittola’s mainly built projects are Public projects including industrial and warehouse buildings, sports buildings, laboratory and teaching buildings, shops to libraries and museums, renovation and expansion projects, single-family housing projects.
Architects L&M Sievanen Ltd.
Scope of services: Architectural Design, Interior Design, Environment and garden design, basic repairment design
Types of Built Projects: Well-being Centres, Retirement Homes, Villas, Institutions
Locations of Built Projects: The majority of their projects are built across Helsinki, Kirkkonummi, Espoo, and Pukkila.
Style of work: Our specialty is the design of old people’s and health care sites. An important aspect of our special expertise is loose furniture and interior design, as well as related special furniture design, as well as the first equipping of the building with purchases.
Since 1997, L&M Sievänen Oy has been a limited liability company. The office is a Finnish Association of Architects member office (ATL). In Olari, Espoo.
Architect Maria Ailio
Scope of services: Architectural Design, Interior Design
Types of Built Projects: Companies, small and large scale Housing, and Institutional projects.
Locations of Built Projects: The majority of their projects are built across Mikonkatu in Helsinki, Vantaa, and Espoo.
Style of work: Modern design with emphasis on client comfort and needs.
The design studio works on residential and institutional projects and has a modern approach towards the client’s requirements and design.
Scope of services: Renovation Projects, Architectural Design
Types of Built Projects: Public buildings, Plant buildings, Office and Commercial buildings, Industrial and warehouse buildings, Residential buildings.
Locations of Built Projects: The majority of their projects are built across Espoo, Helsinki, Paimio, and Naantali.
Style of work: Focus on renovating existing structures and preserving the local style and architecture.
An architectural company that specialises in remodelling projects is called Arkkitehdit MV oy. The business was established in 1968 and went by the name Arkkitehtitoimisto Timo Jokinen Oy until 2010.
Architects Pet Michael Ltd.
Scope of services: Architectural Design
Types of Built Projects: Residential buildings.
Locations of Built Projects: The majority of their projects are built across Kirkkonummi, Helsinki, and Espoo.
Style of work: Deals in all sizes of residential buildings including Apartment buildings, terraced houses, and detached houses. Their area of expertise includes formula change planning, land development planning, change of use, attic dwellings, and business premises.
For residential projects of all sizes, from detached homes to huge apartment construction projects, they create high-quality residences.
Architects Q4 Ltd.
Scope of services: Architectural Design, Renovation Construction
Types of Built Projects: Residential buildings, Commercial and Offices, Public buildings.
Locations of Built Projects: Espoo, Helsinki, Vantaa
Style of Work: According to regulations
Architects Q4 Ltd. mainly built projects are Residential buildings, Commercial and Offices, Public buildings.