Open Innovation House – ecological aspects and the spirit of open innovation

Basic information:

  • completed in 2012 on Otaniemi Campus
  • scope approximately 11,600 m2
  • main designer Tuomo Siitonen Architects
  • OIH offers premises for Aalto University and national and international companies. There are also startup companies operating on the premises.

“Open Innovation House embodies the University’s goals well, such as meeting of people and ideas, energy efficiency and sustainable development. Open Innovation House is a platform for creating together, interacting and sharing ideas. I am convinced that this kind of open operating culture will produce world-class competence in Finland.”
Tuula Teeri, President of Aalto University

Open Innovation House works as a platform and meeting place for open innovation and creating together. Even in the planning phase, the purpose was to create an environment that supports the meeting of people and ideas and creates new cooperation and operating models. The building is extremely efficient in its use of space, and its premises encourage working by moving and interaction. It supports the cooperation between the University and companies by bringing the activities closer together also physically.

“We believe that all kinds of encounters advance creativity and innovation. This is also emphasised on our premises, which attract people to exchange ideas.”
Kai Huotari, Co-Location Centre Manager at EIT ICT Labs

In their strategy, Aalto University Properties and Aalto University emphasise their commitment to sustainable development: the campus and the environmental capacity and energy efficiency of its buildings are in a central role. The principles of a sustainable campus are implemented in campus planning: “The leading sustainable university campus in Finland in 2020”.

The higher than normal environmental requirements have been taken into account in the implementation of OIH, and it has received a GOLD level LEED certification (read more here). LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognised certification, which is granted by the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED system has been developed for the certification of efficient buildings that operate based on the principle of sustainable development. The certification provides an independent testimonial that the building meets the efficiency requirements set for green building. There are four levels of LEED certification: certified, silver, gold and platinum.

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

“From the start, the purpose and leading idea behind the property has been to create a new kind of meeting place that generates competitive edge and commercial top products for Finland.”
Kari Kontturi, Managing Director at Aalto University Properties Ltd