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Aurora 2, Joensuu (Finland)

Building owner
Senate Properties is a government owned enterprise under the aegis of the Finnish Ministry of Finance and is responsible for managing the Finnish state's property assets and for letting premises. Senate Properties provides services related to premises, primarily to customers which form part of the state administration. The services include leasing premises, investments, and the administration and development of the property portfolio.  As a business enterprise, Senate Properties finances its own operations and is not dependent on the state budget. The building stock comprises university, office, research, cultural and other buildings.

The building is rented and occupied by University of Joensuu.

The building is used for educational purpose. There are mainly offices for researchers. Besides offices there are also a medical center, an auditorium for 250 persons and some class and seminar rooms in the building.

Building concept
The building is U-shaped with two separate wings over three floors. There are glazed courtyards for the distribution of daylight to the surrounding office spaces in both wings. Courtyards are used as a library and waiting areas for the student medical center.

HVAC concept
The building is connected to a district heating network. The building heating is provided by radiators. The building is mechanically cooled and ventilated. The double facade and ground floor space are ventilated mechanically. Beams are used for air distribution and air cooling in the office spaces. The air is distributed by under floor air casing in the auditorium. Spaces other than office rooms are passively cooled with outside air.

General data

Owner Senate Properties
Year of erection 2006
Use Offices, University, Bibliothek
Net floor area 8.100 m²
Consumption of electricity 636.000 kWh/a
  78 kWh/m²a
Consumption of heating 860.000 kWh/a
  106 kWh/m²a
HVAC equipment heating, cooling, air conditioning,
  building automation system
Energy source district heating

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Total view
Front view
Glas facade
Total view by night
Bridge by night
Interior 1
Interior 2

pictures by: Arno de la Chapelle