Vesa Oiva

Vesa Oiva Architect at Anttinen Oiva Architects
  • www.aoa.fi

Vesa Oiva

Anttinen Oiva Architects, based in Helsinki, was founded by Selina Anttinen and Vesa Oiva in 2006. The office works extensively with both building design and urban planning. The office became widely known after winning 1st prize in the competition for the University of Helsinki Central Campus Library in 2007. The Kaisa-library in Helsinki Kaisaniemi was completed in 2012, the largest academic library in Finland. Anttinen Oiva Architects were awarded the Finnish State Prize for Architecture in 2013. The jury’s motivation was that Anttinen/Oiva represent the sharp edge of the young architecture generation and have through many winning entries in architecture competitions been given many important projects such as Poltinahon, a new residential area in Hämeenlinna (former garrison area) which represents a new fresh insight into planning and design. AOA won the invitation competition 2012 for Wood City placed at Jätkäsaari waterfront in Helsinki. Wood City is an experimental project that develops wooden solutions for high-rise buildings. The plans include an eight-storey wooden office building, apartment buildings and a hotel. AOA is connected to Rovaniemi through winning a competition for the Winter Swimming Centre in Rovaniemi (not built). “AOA is about timeless, unique, sustainable, discursive and broadminded.”