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OOPEAA + Lundén Architecture Company Design Charred Timber Housing District in Helsinki

OOPEAA + Lundén Architecture Company Design Charred Timber Housing District in Helsinki

OOPEAA, working in collaboration with Lundén Architecture Company, has won a design and build competition for a timber housing development in Kivistö, Vantaa in the Helsinki metropolitan area of Finland. Organized by the City of Vantaa, the competition asked entrants to design a district of wooden housing, part of a commitment “to provide climate-conscious development in housing.”

Titled “Upstairs – Downstairs, Living Together on Three Levels,” the OOPEAA and Lundén scheme will form part of the broader sustainable district, creating a link between natural forest, active streets, and railway infrastructure.

Courtesy of OOPEAA
Courtesy of OOPEAA

A comprehensive brief called on joint entries with two architectural offices, a contractor, and a developer to be situated on one, or both, of two plots in Kivistö. Teams were required to respond to the “needs of a diverse population in the fast-growing newly developing areas” while addressing the needs for bicycling, traffic, and public art.

The OOPEAA and Lundén scheme will occupy one of the two plots, located next to a small forest hosting rare flying squirrels. The scheme comprises a multifaceted block of wooden apartment housing, combining an active street level with communal green spaces in both an inner courtyard and roof terraces.

Courtesy of OOPEAA
Courtesy of OOPEAA

Apartments range from two-story townhouses with individual access from the street to apartments with a belt of balconies, to family size apartments with terrace balconies on the top floors. Apartments have been positioned for an optimal balance between light and shade, while environmentally-conscious features such as rooftop photovoltaic panels, and stormwater collection seek to reduce the scheme’s carbon footprint.

Meanwhile, the scheme’s façade responds to various functions, with dark charred wood along the street façade contrasting with a light palette of orange, yellow and red along the interior courtyard. The scheme also features a special bridge providing a connection between the residential block and adjacent forest.

Courtesy of OOPEAA
Courtesy of OOPEAA

Work will begin on the next design phase will start immediately, with input from contractor Reponen Oy and developer Taaleri Vuokrakoti Ky.

News via: OOPEAA

  • Architects

  • Architect in Charge

    Anssi Lassila (OOPEAA), Eero Lundén (Lundén Architecture Company)
  • Design Team

    Tuuli Tuohikumpu (OOPEAA), Emma Koivuranta (Lundén)
  • Competition Team

    OOPEAA: Liisa Heinonen, Tomoya Nishimura, Tanja Vallaster, Liuxin Yang, Katharina Heidkamp; Lundén: Rebecca Koivukoski, Emmi Järä
  • Landscape Architects

    VSU Landscape Architects: Outi Palosaari, Saara Oilinki
  • Client

    Rakennusliike Reponen
  • User

    Taaleri Vuokrakoti Ky
  • Contractor

    Reponen Oy
  • Area

    7764.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

    Courtesy of OOPEAA
  • Architects

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Cite: Niall Patrick Walsh. "OOPEAA + Lundén Architecture Company Design Charred Timber Housing District in Helsinki" 20 Sep 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/902353/oopeaa-plus-lunden-architecture-company-design-charred-timber-housing-district-in-helsinki> ISSN 0719-8884

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