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New building Väre and Maarintie 13

Photographer: Mikko Raskinen and Tuomas Uusheimo

Inventive architecture & academic pulse

The New building Väre, shopping centre A Bloc and Maarintie 13 in the central campus area between Otakaari 1 and Tietotie 1 are under construction.

The Väre building will be used by the Aalto University School of Arts and Design. The total floor area of the building will be approximately 33 000 gross square metres. In addition to Aalto University’s functions, Väre will contain the new shopping centre A Bloc and its commercial services. Located in the heart of the campus in the junction of public transport, A Bloc will be a natural place for encounters offering café and restaurant services, shops and a new fitness center for the users and visitors of the campus.

Väre is based on the winning entry by Verstas Architects in the architectural design competition in 2012–2013. The fresh and clear architectural character of the core campus building will enable flexible, interdisciplinary encounters and a variety of spatial arrangements.

At Maarintie 13 in the northern part of the large construction site, work has started on the new building for the School of Business (9000 brm2). The building should be completed in summer 2019.

Have a look at the construction site through webcam: Väre and School of Business (Maarintie 13).

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Changes in traffic arrangements

Light traffic

Public transport

Private traffic

Timeline and next steps


October–December 2015

Earthwork and traffic arrangements in Otaniemi began in summer 2015. The last preparatory road work for the Väre construction site, such as the new roundabouts, were completed during the winter.


December 18th, 2015

Otaniementie closed, traffic detoured. The arrangement affects pedestrian and cycle traffic as well as public and private transport in central Otaniemi.


March 2016 – January 2017

Frame construction.


April 2016 – November 2017

Facade component installation and brickwork.


May 2016 – April 2018

Interior construction and technical building service installation.


August 2016

Maarintie 13 groundwork begins.


Spring–summer 2018

Furniture and device installation.


August 2018

Teaching in Väre begins.


February 2019

Teaching in the School of Business building begins.

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