We are turning this former Finnish school into a Gamified Cohousing. 

Our principles are derived from the work of Architectural Democracy.


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Hyrsylän Koulu is being turned into a cohousing and coworking, aimed at a more sustainable way of living and regional economy.

It is partnering with several institutions, including research ones in developing a STEAM Barn (STEAM = Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics). Among these we cooperate with Aalto University, Tongji University (Shanghai), several cooperatives in Portugal, further cohousings (Estonia, Slovenia and USA), the World Music School Helsinki ry, the Icelandic Siglufjördur Folk Music Center, The Transform Festival of Trondheim etc.


Inviting artists regularly is a good catalyst for this goal. The only premise requested of the invited artist, is that the work done involves the local community in some way. This can be in the form of visual arts, in producing a piece of work that can be set in the school’s mini museum or outdoors. It can be in the form of music or video in producing a work that captures the sounds and images of the area or creates potential stories around local tales. It can be too touching architectural or carpentry works in improving the communication of the workers and residents of Hyrsylän Koulu with the local community. Or also with environmental artists in using local food production as means of empowerment. 

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We have made a successful 1st trial by inviting a local performative artist in 2020 for a period of one week. We have also received some artist guests along these 2 years and many have shown interest in coming over to do some work, as the place offers both tranquility and community. 

The goal is thus to expand the process and to involve a more international input into the local one for the upcoming years. The applicants must provide a work plan and a resume of their work and be interviewed.

Please contact us or our partners, the Art Gallery Cooperative in Helsinki, Myymälä2





We have been making many grills with live music with the local community. This process will soon be improved by adding a sauna into the mix. We are currently renovating it to be fully managed by the World Music School Non Profit Association for the sole usage of communal get togethers.


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