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Hyrsylän Koulu is a former Finnish school now turned into a Gamified Cohousing. 

Our principles are derived from the work of Architectural Democracy.

Read about this process here

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residency at hyrsylän koulu

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. 


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

BOOK A ROOM or outdoors

We have several rooms for events and also for sleepovers

Please contact us for further details if interested.

Dry Sauna

Firewood Sauna

At the sports field, we have a large sauna


150 EUR / Day

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A large room with plenty of beds and games for guests


25 EUR / guest

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Summer Hall

Large hall for workshops and events during summer

230 m2

75 EUR/Day

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Outdoors Park and Sports area

For a picnic or group gathering, or sports training, 10k m2 of area. With access to toilets and showers and grill. Volleyball court, football and basketball.

500 EUR / Day

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Private Bedroom

A nice cozy room on the second floor

10 m2

45 EUR / Day


Music and Dance Hall

Fully equiped music and dance hall with 12 chanel PA, mirror ball, spotlights, etc

75 m2

150 Eur / Day

book it via venuu
Cultual Sauna

The App

The Gamified Cohousing App

Hyrsylän Koulu is managed by the Gamified Cohousing App.

Please check the GC homepage for more info here


WHat people say


We absolutely love this cohousing project . My partner and I could not stop reading about it and so we decided to join!


Serious Woman


I love what you are creating in Hyrsylän koulu. I went to primary school there as a kid and have very fond memories of the place. It’s heartwarming to see it in good hands.



Great place for events! The Concert Hall was perfect for our karaoke night!



Such a great forest, super relaxing! We had a meditation workshop here and it was just perfect.



Wai Hong & Ka Iu

We like this place very much. There is a lot of natural scenery around and very quiet. The people we met here were very friendly also, making us to learn more about Finnish culture. I would recommend this place without a doubt, you are sure to have a great experience. 




El lugar me gustó mucho, había mucha naturaleza alrededor, eso es agradable.
Recomendaría este lugar sin duda, seguro viviréis una bonita experiencia.



I've spent two weeks here and I really enjoyed many aspects:. I really liked the shared room, the kitchen and the outdoor spaces!


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