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Finland's first carbon neutral office building K-Kampus|||
Finland's first carbon neutral office building K-Kampus
04 Mar 2020

JKMM Architects create Finland’s first carbon neutral office building

Words by  Photo by Pauliina Salonen

Finnish firm JKMM Architects complete K-Group’s new HQ in Kalasatama, Helsinki

Built to house 1800 Kesko employees, the modern building - designed by JKMM Architects - is Finland’s first office to go carbon neutral in its waste management.

1. The K-Kampus reception area incorporates an art installation. Photo: Mika HuismanThe K-Kampus reception area incorporates an art installation. Photo: Mika Huisman

The multi-use workspace, dubbed K-Kampus, is spread across four and a half floors each consisting of 4000sq metres. 

Read more: How we can design carbon-neutral offices

2. The interiors circle around a large glass-roofed atrium. Photo Mika HuismanThe interiors circle around a large glass-roofed atrium. Photo Mika Huisman

While each floor has its own theme and distinguishing colour scheme, overall the HQ champions an ‘Nuanced New Nordic’ aesthetic: a workplace where modernity and flexibility go hand in hand.

3. Each floor has its own working cafes and kitchens. Photo Pauliina SalonenEach floor has its own working cafes and kitchens. Photo Pauliina Salonen

In traditional Scandinavian style well-being remains very much at the heart of JKMM’s project with an emphasis on aspects such as the provision of natural light.

4. The K-Kampus gym lobby. Photo Pauliina SalonenThe K-Kampus gym lobby. Photo Pauliina Salonen

This dedication to quality of life within the office environment also extends to JKMM’s selection of materials and furnishings.

5. Rooms dedicated to quiet work are used to structure the office layout to smaller acoustically pleasant team spaces. Photo Pauliina SalonenRooms dedicated to quiet work are used to structure the office layout to smaller acoustically pleasant team spaces. Photo Pauliina Salonen

With lighting by renowned brands such as Louis Poulsen, Moooi and Wästberg and furniture by design titans including Artek, Hay and Norman Copenhagen, K-Group have spared no expense on their new HQ.

6. The upper floors enable various different modes of working from quiet concentration to active interaction and teamwork. Photo Pauliina SalonenThe upper floors enable various different modes of working from quiet concentration to active interaction and teamwork. Photo Pauliina Salonen

As well as being Finland’s first office building to integrate carbon neutral waste management, K-Kampus also holds BREEAM and WWF’s Green Office environmental certificates.

7. Employees are provided with lockers to further facilitate flexible working. Photo Pauliina SalonenEmployees are provided with lockers to further facilitate flexible working. Photo Pauliina Salonen

In K-Kampus, JKMM have not only created a workplace that is not only environmentally friendly but also socially responsible.

9. Artificial intelligence is utilised in adjusting the buildings heating lighting and air conditioning in order to maximise energy efficiency and user friendliness. Photo Pauliina SalonenArtificial intelligence is utilised in adjusting the buildings heating, lighting and air conditioning in order to maximise energy-efficiency and user friendliness. Photo Mika Huisman

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