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Construction work on the Väre building begins – Otaniementie to be closed


Several major construction projects are underway on the Otaniemi campus. Construction on Väre will begin next week in the area between Otakaari 1 and Tietotie 1, with the area being fenced off as a construction.

Due to construction work on Väre, Otaniementie will be closed to traffic between Vuorimiehentie and Tietotie as of Friday, 18 December. All Otaniemi bus lines will also be diverted to alternate routes beginning on 18 December. These alternate routes will remain in effect until August 2016, at which time the metro will be open for service and the Espoo bus lines will be revised.

The completion of the Väre building is estimated for summer 2018. It will be home to the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The building will also house the new Aalto University Metro Centre, with its shops and services. Väre is based on the winning design submitted by Verstas Architects in an architectural design competition held in 2012–2013. The total area of the building is approximately 33 000 m2.

You can follow progress on the construction of Väre here. Images, maps and news on the project will be updated.

Two large renovation worksites

The Aalto University Library building (Otaniementie 9) is currently undergoing an extensive renovation. Library operations have been temporarily moved to the Bachelor Centre at Otakaari 1 X. The Learning Centre, with its entirely new operational and service concept, will open in the renovated Library building ain the autumn of 2016.

The famous traditional Dipoli building (Otakaari 24) will also be renovated. Its facilities and technical systems will be updated and the purpose of the building will also change, instead serving as a main building, a showcase for university activities and a meeting place for university staff, students, stakeholders and visitors. The renovation will be completed in the summer of 2017.

More information:
Aalto CRE / Jarmo Wilander, jarmo.wilander (at), p. 09 4390 060

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