Kipsari, a student restaurant

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Kipsari is a student restaurant, a bar, and a cafe owned by TOKYO.*

Kipsari was founded in the 1960’s in Ateneum, where the School of Art & Design used to be located. The restaurant has since moved numerous times. There was even a time when it was reduced to a trolley circling the school. Kipsari moved to its current location in Arabia in 1998.

In the late 90’s and early 2000’s Kipsari hosted numerous concerts, attracting famous Finnish bands such as Ultra Bra and 22-Pistepirkko. This fondly remembered period came to an end when it became clear that it was not financially feasable. Since then Kipsari has focused on the essentials: serving good vegeterian and vegan food to students.

Since 2008 Kipsari’s interior has been redesigned every few years. These “Face-Lifts” have been carried out by students. The latest one was done in summer of 2013 in Arabia basement.

Studio Kipsari opened on the 22.1.2018 in Otaniemi at Otakaari 7.

Kipsari will open the door at Väre in the end of August 2018.

* TOKYO was the Student Union of the University of Art and Design. After the creation of Aalto University, TOKYO continued to operate as an association. The association’s official name is the TOKYO, Students of Art, Design and Architecture in Aalto University, and it uses the abbreviation TOKYO of its name.

Väre student art competition and public art invitational announced

Aalto University announced two public art competitions: an invited art competition for two cluster spaces inside Väre and for a student art work competition for a wall outside the Väre building.

The new building for Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Väre, will be completed soon. Whilst preparing for the move to new premises, Aalto University announced two public art competitions: an invited art competition for two cluster spaces inside Väre and a for a student art work competition for a wall outside the Väre building.

“Our aim here at Aalto University is to create a vibrant environment for experiencing the world through various perspectives. Public art plays a crucial role in making this possible both for students, faculty members and visitors. I hope that the two art competitions will provide artworks that encourage everyone to enjoy art and let it expand their thinking and imagination,” says Anna Valtonen, Vice President for Art and Creative Practices at Aalto University.

Väre cluster art competition

The invited art competition seeks to find exceptional and feasible proposals for artworks to be situated in two cluster areas inside Väre. Five artists or artist groups were invited for the competition: Kirsi Kaulanen, Petteri Nisunen & Tommi Grönlund, Nithikul Nimkulrat, Deepa Panchamia and Vesa-Pekka Rannikko. The competitors may suggest art works to either one or two clusters. The competition results will be published 3 May 2018.

Väre student art competition

The student art competition seeks to find ideas for an art work for the 70-meter-long wall outside Väre. This competition is open to all students at Aalto University. Aalto University is looking for “never-seen- before” proposals for a semi-permanent art work for an outside wall outside Väre building.

The site exists outside of the building and will be visible for both to the School of Arts, Design and Architecture and to the School of Business. The competition website includes the competition guidelines as well as instructions for partipants. Successful proposals to both competitions will follow the art concept of Väre and the vision of public art at Aalto University.

Väre “Global equality” art concept

One of the main ideas for displaying art at Väre is to provide art works that create a durable and exciting environment, while leaving enough space for temporary exhibitions and events. The concept of “Global equality” emphasizes first the global aspect of the arts, which has increased in recent decades.

Secondly, the concept puts weight on the Finnish democratic value of equality, which provides visibility to difference and highlights its acceptance. Väre art concept was co-created by Aalto University’s Art Coordinator Outi Turpeinen with the faculty and students of School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

The vision of public art at Aalto University

In 2017, Aalto University decided to comply with a one per cent art principle in its building projects. The art percent is a funding model for art purchases, where approximately one per cent of a building project’s funds are allocated to art purchases. The one per cent art principle was first applied to Radical Nature art concept in Aalto University’s main building Dipoli.

The vision of public art at Aalto University is to address and raise questions about what it is to be a university, what we do together in society, and what constitutes the public. Public art is site-specific and connects with the diversity of the university and its post-disciplinary communities. Public artworks reflect this diversity through different art forms, materials, techniques and traditions.

Väre opening ceremony is part of Aalto Day One event on 5 September 2018. The architecture of the Väre building is by Verstas Architects.

More on the Väre student art wall competition:

More info:
Art coordinator Outi Turpeinen, Aalto University

 Aalto University Communications Services.


Aalto shop

Aalto Shop is next to the main entrance of Väre building, School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University.

A concept planning, design and illustration of Aalto Shop has been made by Pablo Riquelme, Design consultant and Designer.

The Aalto shop will open in September 2018.