In between the urban and natural
Background: invited competition 2016, 1st prize
Type: building and courtyard design
Client: Kojamo, Lumo-kodit
Status: under construction
Year: 2016 – 2020
Location: Laajasalo, Helsinki
Size: 3100 m² housing (62 apartments), 600 m² commercial
Team: Vesa Humalisto (partner in charge), Kristina Östman (project architect), Maiju Lehtimäki (project architect), Leena Buller (landscape arch. in charge), Anni-Mari Anttola, Ville Mellin, Antonino Vitale
Competition: Sami Heikkinen (pääsuunnittelija), Vesa Humalisto, Antti Lehto, Emilia Ellilä
Collaborators: Tomi Humalisto, Anna Shkodenko
An ingenious floor plan brings a new level of efficiency and light to the apartments.
The new apartment block is located in the district of Kruunuvuorenranta, to the east of the central Helsinki.
The architecture is born out the features of the site
The building’s character is reflected in the Kruunuvuori terrain: urban development encroaching on a rugged natural setting.
The building masses enclose a new urban square. The simplicity of masonry form is garnished with subtle shifts in brickwork ornamentation and colour.
Functional and efficient floor plans
The basic design creates functional apartments and an efficient stairway solution. The larger apartments can extend through the spine of the building.
Unification of buildings and place
The forms of the open space to the front and wooded courtyards to the rear are enhanced by the vocabulary of the building. Use of brickwork masonry throughout the building and landscaping lends a robust quality to the delicate linearity and surface protrusions.
The building and its landscaped squares create an entity whose character is defined by the boundary between urban and natural.