avanto arkkitehdit oy
kalevankatu 31 a 3
fi- 00100 helsinki
+358405773022 / puustinen
+358503531095 / hara
surname@avan.to


Avanto Architects Ltd was established in 2004 by Ville Hara and Anu Puustinen as they won an open competition for a cemetery chapel. The office works on projects of varying scale from product design to urban planning for public communities, private companies and private customers. Avanto Architects offers architectural planning and services of main designer from sketching to the building phase. The latest versions of computer aided design programs are used in building design from study phases to the final construction documents and visualisations. The office is a member of The Association of Finnish Architects' Offices (ATL).

Avanto means a hole in the ice for bathing in winter -
popular hobby in Finland. It symbolises our design philosophy. We want to create environment that evokes emotions by empathizing in the world of the people using the space.
We enjoy nature and want to give the same possibility for future generations as well.

Selected clients
As Oy Lentokapteenin kuja 4
As Oy Punavuorenkatu 15
Barrisol Finland
Carea – Kymenlaakso Social and Health Services
City of Seinäjoki
City of Tampere
Espoo city planning department
Espoon asunnot Oy
Finnexpo
Finnish Cultural Foundation
Finpro
Fiskars Real Estate
Gerako Ltd
Haapamäki village association
Hartela construction corporation
Helsinki city planning department
Kastek Ltd
Kekkilä Ltd
Kidvekkeli Ltd
Kyrö Distillery Company
Lemminkäinen Talo Ltd
Management Events Ltd
Messukeskus, Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre
New World Development Company Ltd, Hong Kong
Nurmijärven Sähkö Oy
Pfizer Ltd
St1 Ltd
Town of Nurmijärvi
Town of Sipoo
Town of Taipalsaari
Turun Suurtorin keskiaika ry
University of Helsinki
UPM
Valio Ltd
Vantaa Parish Council
Vikna Parish Union Council
YIT Rakennus Oy

Selected references
2017- Westend spa, Espoo
2017 Showroom exhibition architecture, Helsinki
2016 Löyly, Helsinki
2016 Suvelan Onni, Espoo
2015 Tähtikylä arts master plan ideas competition, Lahti
2015- Lokirinne 1 urban planning, Espoo
2015 Merrasjärvi Tähtikylä arts master plan competition, Lahti
2015 Konstunranta invited competition, Taipalsaari
2014- Eco House Laapas and Innanen, Taipalsaari
2014 Valio Pitäjänmäki area, Helsinki
2013 Redevelopment of a historical railway area, Haapamäki
2013 Rørvik kirke invited competition, Norway
2013 Pitäjänmäki area urban planning, Helsinki
2013- Villa Anna, Lappeenranta
2013 Housing for people with autism disorders, Kotka
2013 Espoo city center urban design, Espoo
2013 Espoonlahti center urban design, Espoo
2012 Kannelmäki Halsuantie area invited competition
2012 Kuitinmäki II urban design, Espoo
2012 Suvelan Onni urban planning, Espoo
2011 Sipoo river valley urban design invited competition, Sipoo 2011 Orion urban design, Espoo
2011 Kekkilä Garden green vitrine product design
2011 Case Study House Noppa, Billnäs
2010 Chapel of St.Lawrence, Vantaa
2010 Expo2010 sauna lounge, Shanghai
2010 Summer cottage Four-cornered villa and sauna, Virrat
2010 Kekkilä modular garden shed product design
2010 Villa Lumi, Vihti
2009 Habitare sauna Kyly
2007 Kurttila urban planning, Espoo
2007 Villa Q, Helsinki
2006 Villa Flexible - Espoo housing fair 2006
2005 Pihlajamäki atrium housing, Helsinki
2002 Kupla - Korkeasaari lookout tower, Helsinki

Competitions:
Infocenter for medieval market competition, 2nd prize 2017 Tähtikylä Arts concept competition, honorary mention 2015
Tammela football stadium competition, honorary mention 2014
Europan 12, honorary mention 2013
Housing for people with autism sp. disorders, 1st prize 2013
Under the Kalasatama bridges invited comp., HM 2013
Peltosaari area ideas competition, honorary mention 2011
Habitare sauna competition, 1st prize 2009
Torino 2008 World Design Capital Geodesign competition 2008
Tsunami memorial design competition, Thailand, 2nd prize 2006
City chapel competition Helsinki, honorary mention 2005
Espoo Housing Fair Quality Competition, plot winning 2004
Cemetery chapel competition Vantaa, 1st prize 2003

Published projects
Works published in hundreds of national and international publications including Abitare, Architectural Review, Arkkitehti, a+u, Detail and New York Times.

Exhibitions
The works of the office have been presented in numerous exhibitions both in Finland and abroad for example four times in Venice Biennale 2004, 2010, 2012 and 2016.