JKMM architects

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JKMM architectsJKMM architects is Helsinki based architecture office. Founded in 1998 by four partners, Asmo Jaaksi, Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen and Juha Mäki-Jyllilä, the office now employees 50 people.

Over the years, JKMM architects has won 86 prizes including 40 first prizes, making JKMM one of the most succesful architecture offices in Finland.

JKMM architects offers a complete service in all areas and at all scales from architecture to interiors and furniture design.

In our buildings, we aim to bring together passion for architecture, common sense, sensitivity towards materials and technical innovation. This means careful deliberation of architectural solutions in all design phases and scales. For us, buildings are designed for people. Buildings should be at their best even after decades of use. To achieve quality in a finished building, good coordination of the planning process and experienced design work is required. We use latest technology, Building Information Modeling (BIM), as a tool in our design process.

Architecture has to do with the context. Architecture of a single building simultaneously creates the larger architectural context: new fragments of urban fabric or landscape emerge.

Architecture has to do with people. Spatial experience, scale and function are abstract things. But in buildings, they should be translated into a physical form. Buildings begin their life when somebody walks in.

Architecture has to do with making sculptures. The guiding force behind the architectural concept is the logic of sculptures. The design process is a delicate affair of refining the balance between the contemporary and timelessness, between stereotypical beauty and odd discoveries.

Architecture has to do with craft. The finished building is what counts. Over decades, buildings should not only withstand time, but get more beautiful with age. The materials of a building are real: they have texture, weight and smell. The joints in a wooden boat possess beauty because they are simple, natural and full fill their function. In buildings, architectural beauty can be found in crafting things. Architects are craftsmen.

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