The new facilities were designed to be multi-purpose and easily adaptable. The four-storey building houses not only school facilities but also sports and recreational facilities for all city residents. The space arrangements will enable the implementation of the objectives of the renewed curriculum of the school, which support well-being, are multi-disciplinary and emphasise cooperation.
– We are very excited and look forward to the completion of the new school. The new facilities of the Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Languages will enable us to use modern, diverse teaching methods, co-teach and divide groups in a flexible way,” says Sanna Manner, head of the school.
The focus of the school will be on languages and internationality, cultural awareness, arts, sustainable development and skills for the future.
New upper secondary school of languages to be part of the developing Myllypuro area
The upper secondary school of languages will serve the whole of Helsinki and contribute to the vibrancy of eastern Helsinki. The aim of the City of Helsinki is to promote the development of the Myllypuro centre as a campus hub combining study and business life.
Helsinki Vocational College and Adult Institute is being built on the campus at the same time as the upper secondary school. The Metropolia University of Applied Sciences already operates on the campus. The combination of the institutions creates an excellent opportunity for cooperation.
Carbon Neutral Helsinki objectives taken into account in the building project
The building project has paid attention to reducing the building’s energy consumption and environmental load in line with the Carbon Neutral Helsinki objectives. The design solution for the building emphasised energy efficiency measures and local, renewable energy production through the use of a heat pump and solar panels. The facilities will be heated by an air-water heat pump, and the energy for the building will be collected by solar panels.
The building project was implemented as a service-life contract, where SRV is responsible for the design, implementation, maintenance and servicing of the building for a period of 20 years.