Hannunkari & Mäkipaja Architects completes innovative public housing project in Helsinki
Forthis complex of two apartment houses for social housing in the suburban area of Malmi in Helsinki, an innovative and sustainable approach was required by the client, the Helsinki Housing Production Bureau, to ensure the design quality on the city owned lot. Affordable purchase and maintenance costs, sustainable rental homes with the combination of the limitations of the site were the key fundamentals of the project. Schematic design began in 2007 and construction was completed in September 2010.
The buildings form two curved angles towards the north blocking the noise and tremor from the metropolitan railway. They also make a statement in a larger urban context, the suburban railway environment development. Architectural expression is rooted in sustainable strategies utilising brick and thick larchpanels, also paying attention to the residential neighbourhood behind. The compact angle form is energy efficient; the living spaces with large windows to the south, solid brickwall towards the north.
Two five-storey buildings that provide 62 flats all facing to the south / west quiet courtyard. The spacious glazed balconies create outside rooms and give the inhabitants a chance to prolong and enjoy the short northern summer. The facilities in the basement include storage rooms, a community club and a laundry. The garage rooftop and part of the carport has been landscaped into the green hillside.