Today during the coffee break we celebrated with cake and Champagne the 34th Anniversary of the company, founded February 9th 1979. We are grateful for our successful history and look forward to an exiting and prosperous future! Happy Anniversary to Eriksson Architects Ltd!
We wish You a Merry Christmas and a Successful New Year 2013! This Christmas we have decided to spare the environment and instead of sending Christmas cards, we have given our support to the John Nurminen Foundation’s valuable work for saving the Baltic Sea.
Toivotamme teille hyvää joulua ja menestyksekästä uutta vuotta 2013! Tänä jouluna olemme päättäneet säästää ympäristöä ja joulukorttien lähettämisen sijaan olemme tänä jouluna jälleen tukeneet John Nurmisen säätiön arvokasta työtä Itämeren pelastamiseksi.
Vi önskar dig en God Jul och ett framgångsrikt Nytt År 2013! Den här julen har vi beslutat att skona miljön och istället för att skicka julkort har vi denna jul åter stött John Nurminens stiftelses värdefulla arbete för räddandet av Östersjön.
Les deseamos una Feliz Navidad y un Próspero Año Nuevo para 2013! Este año hemos decidido cuidar aun más del medioambiente y en lugar de mandar tarjetas de Navidad le hemos dado nuestro apoyo a la fundación John Nurminen por su gran trabajo para salvar el mar Báltico.
For a couple of months now, Moritz has been hanging out in the office, greeting people when he passes by and making us smile. He has accompanied his owner Jonna to work. Moritz, a whippet, is only 4 and ½ months old, but is a very well behaving fellow. He is keeping a low profile and sometimes you don’t even know that he is there, but his presence is calming. It has actually been studied that having a dog in the office may reduce stress and increase job satisfaction for all employees. Continue reading
Kestävän suunnittelun lisäksi Eriksson Arkkitehdit osallistuu ilmastotalkoisiin muun muassa työmatkapyöräilyn välityksellä. Osallistuimme tänä vuonna Kilometrikisaan. Kärkipaikkoja emme kolkutelleet, mutta tulipahan raitista ilmaa ja liikuntaa. Tässä kisastatistiikkaa: kahdeksanhenkinen joukkueemme polki yhteensä 4158 km eli 519,75 km/hlö. Bensaa säästimme 291 litraa. Olimme omassa sarjassamme sijalla 849. Konttorin kilometrikunkku oli Satu saldollaan 1200 kilometriä.
Tällä tuloksella ei vielä henkseleitä paukutella, sillä hävisimme roimasti mm. alakerran C&J:lle ( 679,08km/hlö) , SARC:ille (765,33 km/hlö) ja Lahdelma & Mahlamäelle (1702,56 km/hlö). Kuinka tästä eteenpäin? Noh, ensi vuonna väännetään siis kampea entistä ankarammin!
Special Report from international urban design seminar at Vantaa, Helsinki & Espoo, September 12 to 14, 2012.
The seminar is part of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 –project. The seminar was well-executed: 1/2 day lectures+1/2 day excursions each day. Apparently it’s status as part of the WDC-programme has raised a high international interest, since Monocle (a media brand with magazine, web, broadcast etc. that focuses on global affairs, business, culture and design). had sent journalists on the occasion.
Vantaa’s Head of Planning, mr. Jukka Kullberg (FI) introduced us to Vantaa’s urban development from 1946 til present day. While showing Vantaa’s development in fast forward he also pointed out about the importance of local culture, and that culture evolves slower than construction work. “Towns are not about structures but also about culture. About a way of life.”
As an international and multicultural office we want to share our website in many different languages. We are now launching our website in 4 additional languages!
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Once more we made a short excursion. This time the destination was Tampere to the Housing fair 2012.
The area had 39 houses from different architecture style, from the classic pitched roof to the flat modern roof. Many of the houses were designed to be ecological low-carbon-emitting which is the most convenient way to build, you save money, energy but more over you save our planet.
We are going on holiday and closing the office for two weeks. The office will be closed from 9th of July until the 22nd of July. We will be back at the office full of energy on Monday the 23rd of July.
Relaxing summer holidays to everybody!
Last month we had a successful Office Seminar in the old Inspector’s house in Sundsberg, Kirkkonummi. On the program for the day were discussions about changes and improvements in the office. We discussed such things as the IT support, the ATL quality program, general information model standards for 2012 and the overall well-being in the office.
We had a nice lunch at the Sarfvik Golf Club (which was designed by Eriksson Architects as far back as 1989!). Later we discussed different strategies for the future, by example strategies for competitions and strategies for Research and Development. At the end we also got a presentation by Ms. Tea Ekengren and Mr. Pasi Heikkonen from EKE company about the Sundsberg Model 2020 eco-city planning project. Once again, learning makes the expertise!
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Greetings from Finlandia-house! Eriksson Architects attended IFME World Congress on Municipal Engineering June 5-6. Eriksson Architects’ Environmental Program as well as KUUMA-Quality Housing were introduced to a worldwide audience with members from as far as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA and Brazil!
Our presentations stimulated interesting discussion. The Environmental Program is a research and development project whose aim has been to lead offices’ planning practices into a more sustainable direction. During the project we have been developing planning tools, such as Eriksson Architects’ eco-efficiency tool. Sustainability has many different aspects: environmental, social, economic and cultural. All of them should be considered when aiming to more sustainable communities. The challenge of having a reliable tool to evaluate all of them was pointed out in the comments of audience. Still, it was founded important to continue working for the better practices in urban planning, in its every sector and work field.
Improved Eco-efficiency and sustainability have been the focus of KUUMA-Quality Housing project too. The main objective is to find structural and qualitative criteria that are in accordance with sustainable development. In addition, the project aims at constraining urban sprawl and raising the quality of construction in residential areas. Continue reading