Kumpula Student Housing / Playa Architects

Kumpula Student Housing / Playa Architects

© Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo + 23

Dorms  · 
Helsingfors, Finland
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Playa Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
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  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Autodesk, Parmarine Oy, Tiileri
  • Lead Architects

    Tuukka Vuori, Eliisa Rintanen, Veikko Ojanlatva
  • Design Team

    Tuukka Vuori, Eliisa Rintanen, Veikko Ojanlatva, Jalo Sippola, Sanna Tegel, Henna Miettinen, Jaakko Heikkilä, Ulla Seppä, Jens Regårdh, Kristian Kontula, Timo Koskinen
  • Clients

    SRV Rakennus Oy, HOAS
  • Structural Design

    Vahanen Oy
  • HVAC

    Vahanen Talotekniikka Oy
  • Electrical Engineering

    Sähkösuunnittelu Elbox Oy
  • Foundations

    Insinööritoimisto Severi Anttonen Ky
  • Landscape

    LOCI Maisema-arkkitehdit Oy
  • Fire Safety

    L2 Paloturvallisuus Oy
  • Acoustics

    Akukon Oy
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© Tuomas Uusheimo
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Text description provided by the architects. An addition to the Helsinki University campus area in Kumpula neighborhood. The building comprises communal spaces and more than 200 student apartments. The small site is wedged on a steep slope between heavy traffic and the faculty buildings. Due to the heavy traffic apartments could partly be opened only to the courtyard. The subsequent semi-cold access gallery forms the main façade of the building. The pleated façade both protects the indoor spaces from solar overheating and disperses the heavy traffic noises so that it doesn’t reverberate to the opposing low-rise residential area.

© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo
First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan
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© Tuomas Uusheimo

From the south, the facade is closed and blank whereas when approaching from the north the façade is more open and welcoming. In addition to the pale brickwork, this more abstract façade connects the new residential building more intuitively to the surrounding larger scale university teaching and research buildings. To emphasize this, the fenestration of the other facades is a generic grid.

© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

Due to the steeply sloped site, the street-side entrance is on the basement level whereas the courtyard entrance is on the 2nd floor. Most of the communal spaces are located on the 1st floor so that they are visible from both entrance levels to encourage students’ socialization and participation in communal events. Communal spaces are also connected to a void/spiral staircase interconnecting the floors and entrance levels.

© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

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Project location

Address: Gustav Vasas väg 4, 00560 Helsingfors, Finland

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Cite: "Kumpula Student Housing / Playa Architects" 23 Sep 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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