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Rovaniemi football ground wins Finlandia Prize for Architecture

The winner of the 2016 Finlandia Prize for Architecture has gone to a football stand. The winner is the multipurpose Railo building in the Sports Arena of one of Finland's northernmost cities, Rovaniemi, which doubles as a stand for the stadium. According to Railo's chief architect Aaro Artto, the project was carried out using mostly local resources.

Railo, Rovanniemi
Roveniemi's Railo multipurpose sports building wins the 2016 Finlandia Prize for Architecture. Photos courtesy of Aaro Artto, Railo's chief architect. Image: Aaro Artto

The Finnish Association of Architects SAFA awarded the Finlandia Prize for Architecture for the design or redevelopment of a notable new building to Railo on Thursday. 

Railo, a multipurpose building in Rovaniemi's Sports Arena, was completed in 2015 by Arkkitehtityöhuone APRT Oy. The team's chief architect Aaro Artto accepted the award at the Helsinki ceremony.

"The people in Rovaniemi wanted a multipurpose building and that's what they got," said Aaro Artto in a press release. He said that most of the work took place over one winter using almost entirely local resources.

The Rovaniemi Sports Arena is home to the local football club RoPs as well as many local sports and activity groups.

Other candidates for the prize included Helsinki's Löyly, the Lappeenranta City Theatre, and the Suvela Chapel in Espoo.

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