Vibrant urban fabric
Background: parallel assignment, 1st prize
Type: reference plan
Client: Senaatti, Yliopistokiinteistöt
Status: planning in progress
Year: 2013 –
Location: Ruskeasuo, Helsinki, Finland
Size: 101 000 m2 housing, 8500 m2 commercial
Team: Sami Heikkinen (partner in charge), Emilia Ellilä (project architect), Anna-Kaisa Aalto, Leena Buller, Vesa Humalisto, Antti Lehto, Antti Haataja, Ville Mellin
Streetscapes tailored for pedestrians in one of the most prominent urban infill sites in Helsinki.
The site lies at the outer limit of Mannerheimintie, Helsinki’s main thoroughfare.
The district is known for its colourful architecture, although its major qualities lie in its carefully designed and pedestrian-friendly urban spaces.
Curtailed vistas and variable scales create a pleasant pedestrian environment.
Tailored to the site
Parking facilities are located to optimize townscaping, terrain and economical factors. Despite the high density construction, many existing large trees and rocky outcrops have been preserved.
New gateway to Helsinki
The residential buildings create a gateway into the city. The facades protect the apartments against the noise and air pollutants from the busy traffic route.
Massive roughcast walls are accentuated in the new architecture, reflecting a construction typology typical to older buildings along the main road.
The project will be the first infill development to be built along a main thoroughfare leading into Helsinki.