OOPEAA works on a large variety of different types of projects: churches, office buildings, housing, private residences, interior design and renovations. It has offices in Seinäjoki and Helsinki, Finland, and it currently employs a staff of 10. The office has been rewarded with significant awards and nominations and has won several prizes in architecture competitions. Anssi Lassila originally founded the office under the name Lassila Malmberg Architects in Oulu in 2001, then changed to Lassila Hirvilammi Architects and, in 2014, became OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture. OOPEAA strives for an architecture that finds its inspiration in the state of being in-between - between urban and rural, but always in relationship to both; between a deep respect for tradition and an appreciation of the contemporary; rooted in the local and yet part of a larger international context. Our work is characterized by a strong interest in the way different materials naturally behave. Yet, we are also fascinated by the possibility of experimenting with new techniques and innovative solutions. The work of OOPEAA is about venturing into the borderline and finding the edge. It is about identifying possibilities in the place where an understanding of tradition meets an open attitude towards the new.