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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Hotel Paasitorni in Finland by K2S Architects

 
October 17th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: K2S Architects

The granite Paasitorni fortress was originally built for the use of Helsinki labor movement. Now the block functions as a successful conference center. Paasitorni Hotel comprises of two existing buildings and a new wing hidden behind early 20-century and 1950s facades.

Image Courtesy Marko Huttunen

  • Architects: K2S Architects Ltd.
  • Project: Hotel Paasitorni
  • Location: Paasitorni, Finland
  • Architects: Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola and Mikko Summanen
  • Client: HWA Helsinki Workers Association
  • User: Helsinki Congress Paasitorni, Scandic Hotels, Graniittiravintolat Restaurants
  • Built area: 11400 m² (gross)
  • Design phase: 09/2008 – 01/2010
  • Construction phase: 02/2010 – 06/2012
  • Photos: Marko Huttunen
  • Software used: Autocad architecture 2012; Rhino 4; Maxwell Render 1.7; Blender 2.49

Image Courtesy Marko Huttunen

The geometry of the new wing is softly curving in order to allow flow of space and light. Facades are constructed of ivory white brick. On two sides of building the brick facade turns into brick ”lace” which functions as a filtering layer between the rooms and the inner court yard. During the night the new wing glows like a snow lantern.

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In addition to the hotel new conference, restaurant and logistic spaces are added to the center. The existing buildings are renovated and in some areas reprogrammed.

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The design philosophy concentrates in respecting the listed buildings and in adding a unique contemporary layer of architecture inside the exiting framework.

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