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.

Context

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.

Human dimension

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.