JKMM won the Saunalahti children’s house competition with the design titled “Lowly Worm”. True to its name, the house worms its way through some rocky terrain in Espoo.
It has two storeys and houses a kindergarten as well as a children’s health centre, protected from the street by a wavy, façade worked in stone. Between the Kummelivuori hill and the house there is a sheltered play area.
Inside, upper windows in the shape of cones let light filter into the connecting lobbies. The graphic artist Aimo Katajamäki has created splendid wall paintings for the children to enjoy.
JKMM is Helsinki based architecture office. Founded in 1998 by four partners, Asmo Jaaksi, Teemu Kurkela, Samuli Miettinen and Juha Mäki-Jyllilä, the office now employes 50 people.
Over the years, JKMM 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.
Photos by Mika Huisman