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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.

Sateenkaari (Rainbow) Housing in Helsinki, Finland by ARK-house Architects

 
February 26th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ARK-house Architects 

The building site is located in Vuosaari, the most eastern suburb of Helsinki in Finland. The site is characterized by the new artificial canal and its circular pool, which creates the ending and the new focus for the architectural composition of the area. The building site is located on the edge of the built environment, from the other side it faces the almost untouched virgin landscape dominated by dark fir forest.

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  • Architects: ARK-house Architects
  • Project: Sateenkaari (Rainbow) Housing
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Photography: Tiia Ettala
  • ArchitectsPentti Kareoja, Harri Ahonen, Heljä Herranen
  • Area: 5,800 ㎡
  • Client : NCC

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The program consists of modest sized rental housing units enjoying long vistas along the canal and towards the forest. In section the building is terraced in order to create light atmosphere and to enrich the housing typology. The outdoor balconies are playing an important role in the whole. Some of the flats are occupying two balconies looking into different directions and lighting conditions.

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On the Northern façade the most characterizing feature is the chess-like composition by cantilevered balconies and the entrance areas. The visual trick in order to obscure the scale has been created by composing four different balconies into one huge unit.

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Each of these elements has been treated with vibrant colours giving different identity for each of them. Inside the boxes the colours range from strong reds and purples into more diffused greens. The entrance areas with their canopies mimic the balcony elements completing the chess-like composition. Rest of the façade has been treated calmly by white plastering and quite rigid window openings. The inner elevation maximizes the light by using different whites and corrugated aluminium panels.

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