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Centre of the World

Location: Satuvakka Day-care Centre, Varsitie 1, 88610 Vuokatti/Sotkamo
Commissioned by: The Municipality of Sotkamo
Thanks to: Rakennusliike RPK
Atrwork by: Jaana Partanen and Heikki Lamusuo
Pa-La team: Kirsi Pitkänen and Markus Mönkkönen
Architect: Heikki Lamusuo / Sillman arkkitehtitoimisto

11 / 2004

The Centre of the World is a two-part work which forms a permanent part of the architecture of the Satuvakka Day-care Centre, and was realised on-site directly into the wall. The round part in the assembly hall functions as a climbing wall for children, while the second, sickle-shaped part is located in the narrow wall at the far end of Satutori. The art piece gives the centre's turquoise premises a planetarium feel. The materials used are grained plywood that has been worked into a form and 24-carat gold.

Centre of the World, 2004, plywood and 24 carat gold, size 4,5 m
Centre of the World, part 2, 2004, plywood and 24 carat gold, size 4,5 m.

Centre of the World gives you an possibility to test your limits. Photo © Pa-La

Centre of the World, 2004. Photo © Pa-La

Centre of the World, part 2, 2004. Photo © Pa-La

Centre of the World musical document

Centre of the World (Maailmannapa) documents the creation of a public work of art in a music video. The document brings forth how a work of art is implemented as a part of architecture and how it makes the building individualistic, distinguishable and a welcoming part of the environment.

Duration 3´28´´
Script and directing: Partanen & Lamusuo, Miika. J. Norvanto
Filming, editing and technical realisation: Black Lion, Kajaani
Music: Aavikko
Producer: The Municipality of Sotkamo

Centre of the World, still image from video documentary, 2005. © Pa-La

Centre of the World, still image from video documentary, 2005. © Pa-La

"The Centre of the World has been made for the children themselves. They are the navel, the purpose of the day-care centre and the centre of the worlds of their families."

- Jaana Partanen in the work Arjen alkemiaa (Everyday Alchemy)

We think that more important than flexibility for the creative collaboration is adaptability.
The ability to tell the same story even when the amount of pages in the book changes. With the knowledge collected having completed hundreds of small and large projects we can deduce that even though we are very proud of what we have accomplished the merit for our best work goes to our clients. They have shared our point of view that we only succeed because we share the same vision and dream. We design spaces, buildings and environments that are comfortable to live and work, pleasant to the eye and sustainable. We are creative design and architectural group, we want to create an inclusive world all around us - Piece by Piece.