Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Lauttasaarentie 1 in Helsinki, Finland by ALA Architects
April 28th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: ALA Architects
Lauttasaari epitomizes the 1930’s suburban dream. The dream is built of seaviews, grand parks and long vistas across green courtyards between the extensive rows of apartment buildings.
Across the road is the popular hexagonal Mutteri kiosk designed by Bertel Liljeqvist in 1927 to cater for the ferry passengers on their way to their villas (Lauttasaari translates as ferry island). The first bridge to Lauttasaari was built in 1935 and the first block of apartments in 1937, on Pohjoiskaari adjacent to our site. Most of Lauttasaari had been built by the 1960?s and in 1969 a new wider bridge was built. The site is currently known for the strong concrete presence of the Finnish Composers? Copyright Society Teosto building, built in 1972 and designed by Veikko Malmio.
Our design is based on the principles cherished in Lauttasaari: The form of the building allows for excellent views to sea from every apartment, whilst still preserving a linear form in line with the surrounding city structure allowing for long vistas across the yards. An entrance square with its own café will be formed to complement Mutteri across the road. Also a common sauna will be built on the beautiful natural rock cliff preserved as part of the courtyard rolling down to the new public marina.
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