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A•lava in Helsinki, Finland by Aalto University Wood Program

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Article source: Aalto University Wood Program

Designed and constructed by a team of 20 students from the Aalto University’s Wood Program, the pavilion provides a sheltered stage for Annantalo, an art center for young people and families in the center of Helsinki, Finland. The stage is build as a semi-permanent building and will accommodate various art events from the school during the summers for the next five years.

Image Courtesy © Philip Tidwell

  • Architects: Aalto University Wood Program
  • Project: A•lava
  • Location: Annantalo, Annankatu 30 00100 Helsinki
  • Photography: Marc Goodwin and  Philip Tidwell
  • Engineer: Antti Haikala (FI)
  • Tutors: Pekka Heikkinen (FI), Philip Tidwell (US), Willem van Bolderen (NL)
  • Student Design Team: Alba Aguilar (MX), Emilia Almqvist Jansson (SW), Mathias Björkman (FI), Caio Cintra (BR), Rodrigo Giorgi (BR), Riccardo Guerri (IT), Noora Kassinen (FI), Loreto Mancilla Bahamonde (CL), Elsa Mendoza (MX), Guido Mitidieri (IT), Teodor Nilson (SW), Tatsuro Sakata (JP), Andrea Settimi (IT), Heidi Silvennoinen (FI), Hannah Smith (CA), Kire Stavrov (MK), Jianlin Sun (CA), Kenji Takahashi (JP), Paul Texereau (FR), Sonja Äärilä (FI)
  • Area: 81 m2 (covered)
  • Project Year: 2017

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Helsinki Airport Terminal 2 expansion in Vantaa, Finland by ALA Architects

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Article source: ALA Architects

ALA, HKP AND RAMBOLL WIN THE COMPETITION FOR THE EXPANSION OF HELSINKI AIRPORT TERMINAL 2 

ALA Architects, HKP Architects and Ramboll Finland have won the invited competition for the expansion of Terminal 2 at Helsinki Airport with their entry “City Hall”. The competition was organized by the Finnish airport operator Finavia. Altogether four teams were selected for the competition based on a request for qualifications. In addition to the expansion, the design task also included a regional plan for the airport area and the necessary modifications of the existing terminal, as well as a ground transportation hub to be built at a later stage. The schematic design phase commences immediately after the publication of the results. The expansion will be built in phases with the preliminary date of completion set for 2021. The project is part of Finavia’s development program, worth approximately one billion euros.

Image Courtesy © ALA Architects & HKP Architects

  • Architects: ALA Architects
  • Project: Helsinki Airport Terminal 2 expansion
  • Location: Helsinki Airport, Vantaa, Finland
  • Renderings: Petra Grísová, Vratislav Zíka and Jakub Frolík (VIZarch)
  • Client: Finavia
  • Team: ALA Architects’ principals Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki and Samuli Woolston with HKP Architects’ principals Pekka Leskelä and Mikko Suvisto and ALA employees David Gallo, Petri Herrala, Lotta Kindberg, Rachel Murray and Pauliina Rossi
  • Engineering: Jukka Sirén, Pekka Kuorikoski, Pekka Ahola, Juha Åberg, Rauno Laatikainen and Juho Suolahti (Ramboll Finland)
  • Program: Approx. 30,000 sqm of new construction and 45,000 sqm of renovation

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House Spaak in Helsinki, Finland by AVARRUS Architects ltd

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Article source: AVARRUS Architects ltd

House Spaak is an exceptional building project where historical and modern wooden architecture combines. New terraced house comprises an idyllic entirety with Konstaapeli Spaak’s log house which was erected around 1730. Designed by AVARRUS Architects, these terraced apartments have a solid wood frame and natural ventilation. Whereas Spaak’s log-frame house was renovated with piety into sauna and workshops for the residents.

Image Courtesy © Ville Vappula Photography

  • Architects: AVARRUS Architects ltd
  • Project: House Spaak
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Photography: Ville Vappula Photography
  • Software used: Archicad
  • Architectural design team: Pauli Siponen, Atte Aaltonen, Niilo Ikonen
  • Lead Architects: Pauli Siponen, architect
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 450 m2
  • Completion Year: 2017

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The Baltic Gate in Helsinki, Finland by Taller Proyectual

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Architects: Taller Proyectual

Helsinki is a multicultural, diverse, enigmatic and charming city, considered one of the best cities in the world in all aspects, also known as the \”Pearl of the Baltic\”. It is a cultural, urban and sustainable worldwide reference.

Image Courtesy © Taller Proyectual

  • Architects: Taller Proyectual
  • Project: The Baltic Gate
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Client: Municipality of Helsinki
  • Team: Miguel A. Arias
  • Area: 44 Ha
  • Year: 2015

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Stormvillan in Hanko, Finland by Mer Arkkitehdit Oy

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Article source: Mer Arkkitehdit Oy

In the late 19th century, while Finland was still a Grand Duchy under Russia, Hanko was a popular spa resort for the Russian nobility. The endless meandering beaches are lined by leaning pine forests and grand wooden seaside villas.

Image Courtesy © Marc Goodwin

  • Architects: Mer Arkkitehdit Oy
  • Project: Stormvillan
  • Location: Hanko, Finland
  • Photography: Marc Goodwin
  • Construction design: Anders Westerlund
  • Constructor: Nyströms byggservice
  • Lead Architect: Julia Hertell
  • Area: 210 m2
  • Year: 2016

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Kamppi Chapel in Helsinki, Finland by K2S Architects Ltd

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Article source: K2S Architects Ltd 

The Kamppi Chapel is located on the south side of the busy Narinkka square in central Helsinki. It offers a place to quiet down and compose oneself in one of Finland’s most lively urban spaces. With its curved wood facade, the small sacral building flows into the city scape. Simultaneously the chapels gently shaped interior space embraces visitors and shields them from the bustling city life outside.

Image Courtesy © Marko Huttunen

  • Architects: K2S Architects Ltd (Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola and Mikko Summanen)
  • Project: Kamppi Chapel
  • Location: Simonkatu 7, Helsinki, Finland
  • Photography: Tuomas Uusheimo and Marko Huttunen
  • Client: Helsinki Parish Union and the City of Helsinki
  • Design team: Jukka Mäkinen, Kristian Forsberg, Abel Groenewolt, Tetsujiro Kyuma, Mikko Näveri, Miguel Pereira, Outi
  • Pirhonen, Teija Tarvo, Elina Tenho, Jarno Vesa

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House Y in Iisalmi, Finland by Arkkitehtitoimisto Teemu Pirinen

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Article source: Arkkitehtitoimisto Teemu Pirinen

Backstory

The client inherited an unattractive “McMansion” with poor spatial. The house was designed to meet the tastes of the former generation. The site also featured a large pompous garden with extensive manicured lawns. The house was too big and expensive to maintain. The client wanted to restore the plot to a natural pine forest, and built a small home that fully engages with the surrounding landscape. An added bonus to the restored pine forest is that the client doesn’t need to mow any lawns! The new house and garden have been designed to meet contemporary tastes. Hence, this project represents both a generational shift and a change in design ideology / ecology.

Image Courtesy © Marc Goodwin, Archmospheres

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Maunula House in Helsinki, Finland by K2S Architects

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Article source: K2S Architects 

Maunula House is the central cultural and learning hub of a neighborhood being renewed. Located next to Maunula park in the center of the neighborhood of Maunula, the building is a center of public services to local residents of all ages. The library, the youth center and the adult education center cooperate seamlessly, enabling the co-usage and a high utilization rate of the spaces.

Image Courtesy © Mika Huisman

  • Architects: K2S Architects (Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola, Mikko Summanen)
  • Project: Maunula House
  • Location: Metsäpurontie 4, 00630 Helsinki, Finland
  • Photography: Mika Huisman
  • Client: City of Helsinki Real Estate Department / Erja Erra, Mika Malkki
  • Design team: Jaakko West, Elina Koivisto, Tommi Terästö, Tetsujiro Kyuma, Tommi Mauno, Juho Vuolteenaho, Petri Ullakko, Matti Wäre, Tuuli Kanerva, Antti Soini
  • Interior design: K2S Architects
  • Structural design: Pontek Engineering / Kari Saarivirta
  • HVAC: Äyräväinen Engineering / Jukka Issakainen
  • Electrical: Stacon Engineering / Kalevi Hämäläinen

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Pargas Maritime Limestone Landscape in Finland by Schauman & Nordgren Architects and Schauman Arkkitehdit Oy

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Article source: Schauman & Nordgren Architects and Schauman Arkkitehdit Oy

SCHAUMAN & NORDGREN ARCHITECTS and SCHAUMAN ARKKITEHDIT are announced winners of the invited masterplan competition for the transformation of waterfront area of Pargas in Finland. The jury awarded the proposal “Pargas Maritime Limestone Landscape” a first prize

The city of Pargas is developing the area of the existing guest harbour in the southern centre of the city – Malmstrand beach – into an attractive living room for the inhabitants as well as a high class harbour with services. At the end of 2016 the city invited three teams to develop a long term vision for the harbour front. The assignment was to find a logical and natural, but at the same time an innovative solution for how the area could become a functional and aesthetically pleasing environment. Together the functions and activities were supposed to create an inviting entity that strengthens the character of Pargas small scale cityscape, while at the same time emphasizing its maritime identity. The proposals were to introduce a solution for how to the functions, such as a hotel. harbour office, sauna, beach promenades, playgrounds, car parking and beach could be integrated into a coherent and strong entity.

Image Courtesy © Schauman & Nordgren Architects and Schauman Arkkitehdit

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Kangas – City of Gardens in Jyväskylä, Finland by Schauman & Nordgren Architects

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Article source: Schauman & Nordgren Architects 

Schauman & Nordgren Architects are announced winners of the open masterplan competition for the transformation of the old industrial area of Kangas in Jyväskylä. The jury awarded the proposal “Kangas – City of Gardens” a first prize.

The city of Jyväskylä has approximately 140.000 inhabitants and is one of the fastest growing business centres in Finland. The former industrial area of Kangas is located about 1,5 km north-east of the city centre of Jyväskylä and is characterized by the historically and culturally significant paper factory located in the heart of the area. The factory complex has been transformed into a creative campus used by the educational institutions of the city. The aim of the competition was to introduce a diverse and robust urban structure for living, working and learning in the immediate context of the transformed factory complex. When fully developed, the area of Kangas will introduce 5.000 new homes and more than 2000 new work places. In addition to that a large educational campus facility of 33.000 m2 will be located in the area.

Kangas Plaza. The ground floors open up towards the life on the square, Image Courtesy © Schauman & Nordgren Architects

  • Architects: Schauman & Nordgren Architects
  • Project: Kangas – City of Gardens
  • Location: Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Client: City of Jyväskylä, Skanska construction Ltd, YIT construction Ltd, Jyväs Parkki Oy
  • Collaborators: Jouni Lehtomaa (traffic planning), Schauman Arkkitehdit Oy
  • Size: 110.000 m2

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