The prize is considered the most prestigious architecture prize in Finland and is awarded annually by the Association of Finnish Architects (SAFA). This year the winner was chosen by musician and actor Paula Vesala.
“This national monument is not a statue that people turn up merely to look at. Within its walls, people experience some of the most extraordinary moments of their lives; incredible highs, long days of training, sweat, disappointment, euphoria, victories and defeats. Every effort has been made to meet the needs of the vast and diverse group of people that visit this building, whilst also respecting its remarkable heritage,” says Paula Vesala.
The design of the refurbishment and extension was made in joint venture with NRT Architects and in collaboration with White Architects and Wessel de Jonge Architects.