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Collage: September

Collage is a monthly snapshot of what’s happening at Olla. The September collage is a mix of international awards, circular economy and important traditions that stretch way back.

The Loft House receives recognition in Australia

The Loft House was honored at the most significant design event in Australia, the Good Design Awards. This office building, competing in the architecture category, received recognition for its outstanding design and innovation.

Read more about the success of the Espoo-based building here.

Photo: Good Design Awards

Laura Vara’s eye-opening column on the opportunities of circular economy

“The best material is the one that already exists,” says Olla’s architect Laura Vara in her column for Rakennuslehti. The renovation of a 1970s office building in Helsinki has transformed the entire design team’s perspective on creatively reusing materials.

You can read the whole article, created in collaboration with Helsinki’s circular economy cluster, in Finnish here.

Akvarelli competes for the title of world’s best school building

Forssa multipurpose centre Akvarelli is aiming for victory in the Schools category at the World Architecture Festival. Additionally, the building is a finalist in the Education category at the Inside Festival, showcasing the best in interior architecture.

Read about the only Finnish school nominee in the world’s largest architecture festival here.

Photo: Martin Sommerschield, Kuvio

Interview in Arkkitehtilehti: Bratislav Toskovic draws inspiration from two cultures

Bratislav Toskovic was honored this spring with a lifetime achievement award from the Serbian Association of Architects. The recognition included an exhibition that showcased Bratislav’s unique career and approach to architecture, and launched the Belgrade International Architecture Week.

But how did Bratislav, who grew up and studied in Belgrade, end up in Finland? Read the article (in Finnish) here.

Photo: BINA

New photos: Lafter restaurant at the heart of Helsinki

Lafter is pretty much as close to the center of Helsinki as you can get. The restaurant space located in the historical Fenniakortteli (Fennia Block) has been renovated, brightening the entire building’s interior entrance experience. More information – and pictures – coming soon!

Photo: Martin Sommerschield, Kuvio

Lauttasaaren Linnahovi complements the diverse and layered urban fabric of the coastal neighbourhood

In a prominent location in Lauttasaari, Olla has completed a residential apartment building that ambitiously draws inspiration from the area’s architecture. Read more about the project here.

Photo: Martin Sommerschield, Kuvio

Cheers to us: Olla’s traditional autumn party celebrated the power of community

The world may change, but one thing remains constant: it’s all about the people. Olla’s traditions include the annual crayfish party, where we celebrate the privilege of working together in such a wonderful group.

The joy of our unique community has been the cornerstone of the office since day one. Olla’s founder, Olli Parviainen, summed up the secrets of our long-standing success in an interview earlier this year: ‘Keeping up with the times and taking care of people have always been the company’s core values. They never grow old – by holding onto them, we’ll thrive in the future too.’

Read here what Olli, who just celebrated his 90th birthday (and joined in the party celebrations once again), has to say on the cornerstones of people and business prosperity.