Aurum - The University of Turku and Åbo Akadem - Lunawood
8.11.2021

Aurum – The University of Turku and Åbo Akadem

Architect
Aihio Arkkitehdit, Piia Viitanen and Antti Hakala
Location
Turku, Finland
Photos
Lunawood / Wellu Hämäläinen
Year
2021
The same Lunawood profile continues from the entrance to the atrium. The curved shape of the wall creates an interesting contrast to the old.

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.

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