Dipoli Conference Center
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Architect Reima Pietila
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Location Otaniemi, Finland   map
Date 1966   timeline
Building Type conference center, student center
 Construction System concrete and copper sheathing
Climate cold
Context suburban campus
Style Expressionist Modern
Notes Curved organic shapes, geomorphic.


Photo, exterior

Photo, exterior

Photo, exterior


Elevation Drawing

Section Drawing

Section Drawing



Discussion Dipoli Conference Center Commentary

"Dipoli, undoubtedly the Pietilas' best known work, with its huge boulders, copper-sheated walls and concrete roof, reads as a primeval shelter and and the primal cave."

— William Morgan, in Randall J. Van Vunckt, ed. International Dictionary of Architects and Architecture : Volume 1, Architects. Detroit: St. James Press, 1993. ISBN 1-55862-087-7. LC 93-13431. NA40.I48 1993. 720'.9-dc20.

Sources on Dipoli Conference Center

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. binuclear diagram, p205. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Malcolm Quantrill. Reima Pietila: Architecture, Context and Modernism. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1985. ISBN 0-8478-0636-7. LC 85-42923. NA1455.F53P536 1985. color photo of exterior, p56-57. drawing of ground floor plan, p58. drawing of main floor plan, p59. drawing of section, p62. drawing of section, p63. drawing of elevation, p62.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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