Housing design, Landscape architecture, Sompasaari, Helsinki, Finland
The housing block is located in the heart of new Sompasaari area in Helsinki, which is former harbour area recently changing into housing area. The design was selected through a plot allocation competition, where three plots were given to constructors based on evaluated competition entries.
The buildings reinvents the usual composition of town blocks in the large site in order to bring variation and complexity. Variation in housing units and typologies create changing facade rhythm of buildings.
Using of matching bricks as facade material is unifying the buildings into one entity and the walls with its brick blends in with the textures of once finished surrounding new city district. Housing typologies variate from townhouses to lofts and student housing in the tower.
The courtyard, placed on top of parking hall roof, forms a area hosting playgrounds and vibrant vegetation, creating an intimate arena for meeting, chatting and playing. Private terraces for the apartments form an intimate zone and creates lively atmosphere, when living is expanding into yard. The ground floor offers room for apartments as well as storage space and some smaller units to be rented out as local shops.
The height of the block is modulated, with up to 13 floors tower in the southwest part and progressively lowering down to three floors, whereas the average height is between 5-8 floors. The combination between height differences break the compactness of the block and create a lively sky-line.
Solar panels on the rooftop are connected to an energy storage. The system provides part of the needed electricity for one of the four housing estates.