Open Innovation House

Open Innovation House

Basic details:

  • Built in 2012 on the Otaniemi campus
  • Floor area approximately 11,600 m2
  • Head designer: Tuomo Siitonen Architects

The Open Innovation House is a platform and hub for open innovation and working together. Starting from the design phase, the goal was to build an environment that helps people and ideas to meet and creates new forms of cooperation and working. The building is highly effective considering the use of space, and its facilities encourage people to mobile working and interaction. It supports cooperation between businesses and the university by bringing them close to each other.

Environmental requirements higher than usual were followed when designing and building the Open Innovation House, and the building has received a gold level LEED certificate (read more here). Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognised certificate granted by the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED system has been developed for the certification of energy-efficient buildings and environments following the principle of sustainable development. The certification provides an independent guarantee that the building fulfils efficiency requirements set for green buildings. There are four LEED levels: certified, silver, gold and platinum.

Examples of energy-efficient solutions in the Open Innovation House:

  • Ventilation and indoor climate
  • Lighting
  • Use of water
  • Encouraging users to be green