Architect Juha Mäki-Jyllilä is FCINY’s artist-in-residency for the months of July and August 2017. Mäki-Jyllilä is a founding member of the architectural firm JKMM Architects, Helsinki. Reflecting Scandinavian values and aesthetics, JKMM Architects operate actively in diverse areas and on various scales of architecture - designing buildings, interiors, furniture, urban environments, as well as undertaking renovations.
One of Mäki-Jyllilä’s recent ventures has been the Kalasatama School and Day Care Center. In 2010, the City of Helsinki organized an invitational architectural competition for the Center. JKMM Architects, with Mäki-Jyllilä leading the project, won the competition with their proposal “Wigwam”, a day care center and school on three floors. The building serves as an educational tool itself. All of the technical equipment and functions of the building are left out in the open to see and study. The pupils can see where fresh air comes from and where water goes. The work performed by the staff can be seen by all through large windows. The idea behind the arrangement and design of the facility is to create community spirit and foster the development of social skills within the student body.
Other noteworthy projects by JKMM Architects include the interior design for Amos Rex, the largest private art museum in Finland; the Finnish pavilion ‘Giant’s Kettle’ for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo and the new Turku Central Library.
In New York, Juha Mäki-Jyllilä will be searching for new perspectives. As stockholder at JKMM Architects, he hopes to find more time for his creative work during the residency.