Helsinki city is renewing the area master plan. The city plan proposal is based on the draft which was completed 2014: The plan proposes that Helsinki grows into a dense city with several centres connected by rail traffic. The central city would expand alongside motorway-like areas transformed into city boulevards. Helsinki would still be a green city, the strengths of which include city forests and cultural environments.
Our project was focusing into one of the most important question of the new vision: what kind of urban environment city boulevards are creating, and in which means is possible to propose housing next to heavily traveled boulevards.
After analytical research about traffic side effects, like pollution and noise simulations, our team concluded the possible housing block variations and potential theoretical solutions for better living conditions for city boulevard housing blocks. We created eight different typologies of very simple block types with noise simulations for multidisciplinary expert group including the city planning department experts. The specialist team were gathered into workshop hosted by us, and after one afternoon intensive discussion, impact evaluation and comparison, we ended up suggesting three typologies for further development.
It was until now when the actual design phase started, while we had analytically studied various potentials of subject. By creating three example housing blocks we wanted to emphasize that, firstly, by anticipatory design it is possible to build livable housing next to the city boulevards, even with current traffic and construction regulations. Secondly, by fact-based research and creative planning, we succeeded to eliminate the problems and create three various solutions which can show the possible future vision for housing solutions in city boulevards.