Dipoli, University of Technology

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Dipoli, University of Technology

Dipoli is the name of the experimental building of the student union of the Helsinki University of Technology, designed by Raili and Reima Pietilä and completed in 1966. After a complete renovation, the building was reopened for the fall semester of 2017.

Dipoli will act as a meeting place for university administration, the academic community, students and other stakeholders. All these parts have been activated in the process of spatial re-design that has transformed the building into a sustainable and flexible working space. In addition to hosting the administration, Dipoli will continue to operate as a privileged location for major conferences and university events, as well as representing an exhibition platform for university research and design projects. The restaurants, cafés and bars of Dipoli cater to both students and staff.

The building, located on the edge of the Otaniemi campus designed by Alvar Aalto, is the result of an architectural competition organized in 1961, in which the entrance of Pietiläs was rewarded with the 2nd prize shared and subsequently selected as the winner of the second competition organized between the two winners of the 2nd prize. The restructuring was part of the wider reorganization project of the campus connected to the former Helsinki University of Technology campus, becoming the main campus of the University of Aalto, born from the merger of three universities in the Helsinki area.


Dipoli, University of technology
Dipoli, University of technology
Dipoli, University of technology
Dipoli, University of technology
Dipoli, University of technology
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