Rullakkotori square and community centre in Pohjois-Pasila
Type: building and square design
Client: City of Helsinki
Status: planning in progress
Location: Pohjois-Pasila, Helsinki, Finland
Size: 3250 m² square, 950 m² community centre
Team: Anna-Kaisa Aalto (landscape architect in charge), Anni-Mari Anttola, Leena Buller, Antti Lehto (partner in charge, building design), Timo Arjanko, Emilia Ellilä, Timo Paananen
A relaxed environment to encourage communal activities.
Rullakkotori Square is the main public space in the new Postipuisto area. A multi-purpose community centre will be located in the square.
A new kind of community centre
The main objective of the community centre is to share spaces, reinforcing social networks in the area. All the housing companies in the neighbourhood are to participate in its planning, financing and usage.
The square and the building as a whole
The external space of Rullakkotori Square extends visually and functionally into the interior of the community centre.
The architecture of the building is created by the fusion of five “storehouses”, producing a robust, warehouse-like atmosphere that encourages relaxed activity.
The meandering form of the building encloses a series of multipurpose spaces to accommodate different activities and events.
The community centre and extensive planted areas – large trees and bushes together with rambling grasses, perennials and climbing plants shelter and visually enclose the square.
Fixed structures and fittings
Static structure supports flexible and active use of the spaces.