Kirstinpuisto residential block

Type: Competition, 2nd prize
Client: City of Turku, Avara
Status: completed
Year: 2018
Location: Turku
Size: 14 000 m² housing
Team: Vesa Humalisto (partner in charge), Emilia Ellilä (project architect), Anni-Mari Anttola, Hanna Mattila, Timo Paananen

Modern red brick buildings form the heart of a new district.


Kirstinpuisto is located near the old timber-built district of Port Arthur.

Inspired by the environment

The blocks are unified at street level by a one storey plinth, over which pitch-roofed point-blocks are scattered.

The residential blocks and facilities create a focal point for the district, centred around the Artturinaukio square.

The higher corner blocks adjoining the park create a memorable landmark. With reduction in scale and architectural vocabulary, the building is linked to the smaller surrounding wooden houses.

Material strength

The elevations are vibrant in-situ redbrick shingles.


There is a large scope of dwelling-types in each block: one-family dwellings, loft apartments, light and flexible corner units and small one-occupant flats.

Green roofdecks

An array of diverse gardens – grouped around resident recreational areas and and childrens’ playspaces – take into account the variation in user age-groups.

A spatially interesting green world of its own has been created by the stratified use of varying shrub sizes, flowering plants and ornamental and fruit trees.

This block with a warm heart introduces an innovative urban model, rooted in the atmosphere of the city’s traditional wooden housing areas.