Press release Helsinki/Oslo 9.6.2020
Soini & Horto is the first architecture firm to use AI platform Spacemaker in Finland.
Today, Kalle Soini, CEO and co-founder of Architects Soini & Horto Ltd, one of the leading architecture firms in Finland, and Havard Haukeland, CEO and Co-founder of Spacemaker announce a partnership agreement to develop and adapt Spacemaker’s AI-assisted architectural design solution to the projects and specificities of the Finnish market.
Soini & Horto is one of Finland’s leading architecture firms for housing and residential development, and the first one in the country to become an official partner of Spacemaker.
Spacemaker will draw on the firm’s extensive know-how and expertise to garner valuable insights into cultural and regulatory specificities in Finland. That means Soini & Horto will play an essential role in adapting the platform to the specific needs of Finnish users, especially within the context of a rapidly evolving profession due to advanced technologies.
“Spacemaker not only shares our vision of planning and designing the communities and cities of the future, but also the belief that the digitalization of the construction industry will be key for delivering on this promise. We believe that new technologies like AI and generative design create new opportunities and are neither an obstacle to architectural creativity nor to project management. On the contrary, the integration of both into early-stage real-estate planning is a logical step in the evolution of our business. We are therefore delighted to contribute to the continuous development of Spacemaker’s impressive technology”, says Kalle Soini, CEO of Soini & Horto.
By combining data automation, AI and generative design, Spacemaker paves the way for more collaborative and transparent planning, and significantly reduces the time that it takes to deliver the early-stage planning phase from feasibility studies to site acquisition.
“Our site intelligence platform is the first of its kind for early-stage construction, which is why research is a vital component across all of our operations. Partnering with an architecture firm as reputable as Soini & Horto is of great significance to ensure that we continue to deliver lasting value to our customer base in Finland, while building out our product,” says Havard Haukeland, CEO, Spacemaker.
About Soini & Horto:
Founded in 2007, Architects Soini & Horto Ltd (AS&H) is one of the largest and most prominent architect offices in Finland. AS&H employs 70 architects, assistant designers and other employees in its office in Helsinki.
AS&H specialises in housing, hotel and commercial design as well as city and land use plans. It offers design services for construction professionals such as major building companies, property owners, and impressive developing companies. AS&H creates new types of urban environments while always respecting sustainable principles in designs. In addition to many housing projects, the most important design projects in recent years have been Tripla Centre in Pasila, Hotel Indigo Helsinki and Lapland Hotels Boulevard in Helsinki. AS&H believes that with better design and better building, a better world can be created.
Founded in 2016, Spacemaker is on a mission to help build better and more sustainable cities. With its game-changing AI technology, Spacemaker empowers real-estate developers and architects to maximise the potential of a building site by rapidly generating and evaluating the optimal environmental design based on physical data, regulations, and preferences.
Spacemaker has grown to more than 100 people and in June 2019, received $25 Million in Series A funding from venture capital investors Atomico and Northzone. Headquartered in Oslo, the company is expanding internationally and currently holds offices in Barcelona, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Paris and at MIT in Boston, an academic research institute that Spacemaker also actively collaborates with.
Spacemaker is the partner of major real estate developers in Europe including Bouygues, Skanska, JM, OBOS, AF Gruppen and NREP, and in 2019 won the Innovation Award from the Norwegian Construction Industry.