Turku’s new modern university building, Aurum, is located in the cultural environment area of medieval Turku. Aurum is an impressive project in which contemporary architecture respects the history of the area also with its sustainable material choices. The curved Lunawood Thermowood entrance, which also continues through the atrium space, is an eye-catching gem of the entire block.
The eye-catcher at Aurum’s entrance is the streamlined Lunawood thermowood upholstery, with its upward-curving shape that creates an impressive and natural look to the space. The horizontal slats continue seamlessly from the exterior entrance to the seven-story interior Atrium space.
Aihio Architects wanted to use genuine materials at Aurum so that the characteristics of the materials come out nicely and create their own atmosphere in the space. Three materials with different properties; silky and partly rugged concrete; transparent glass and natural Lunawood thermowood, create a strong dialogue.
Sustainability and consideration of ecological values have also been an important factor in the selection of the project’s wood material. Thermowood was brought to the forefront of the building’s look in a new modern way. As Lunawood is a sustainable material through it’s life cycle, it supports the values of the University of Turku and its position as a responsible leader in society.