Tropaion – Helsinki Residential Building, ALA Architects

Tropaion, Helsinki Residential Building, Finnish Project, Design, Property, Image

Tropaion Helsinki : Architecture

Residential Development in Finland – design by ALA Architects

10 Jul 2009

Tropaion Helsinki

Design: ALA Architects

Residential Building in Helsinki

The planning of a new 100 000 m2 residential area in downtown Helsinki has been proceeding well with the city planning authorities. The site is an old industrial peninsula 3 kilometers from the Helsinki city centre. It was previously occupied by a coal-fired power plant. An invited design competition was organized by the city of Helsinki to produce a design for this challenging site. ALA was selected as the winner in march 2007. The site is very much part of the inner city of Helsinki and accessible by tram and other public transport as well as light traffic routes.

Tropaion Helsinki Tropaion Tropaion Helsinki Tropaion Helsinki

The scheme, called “Tropaion”, consists of five perimeter blocks of varying heights covered with roof terraces of the upper apartments. The blocks form a gigantic bowl shape with crossing sea views from all terraces and a sense of community and togetherness for the people. The courtyards will form semi-private spaces, which the residents of Helsinki are very fond of, and public streets with shops and services at street level. Building heights vary from 16 floors down to two, with varying housing typologies and apartments sizes included in the same blocks.

Since then the area design as well as the building design has been taken further in collaboration with experts. The process has been rewarding and proceeded on time. Currently the regulation plan is being commented by the city planning authorities. The regulation plan will be very strict, outlining the size and shape of the housing blocks to exact detail. The realization has postponed slightly due to the problems the previous user, Helsinki Energy, has with emptying the property. After that the construction of the first building will begin, approximately year 2010. The architectural details will be developed further when individual building design starts, but it is already safe to say that this striking design will be implemented as proposed. This will introduce a whole new typology to the Finnish housing market and create an unique, dense and urban area with a lot of character -something there seems to be a big demand for in the heavily standardized housing market.

Tropaion Helsinki Tropaion Helsinki Tropaion Helsinki Tropaion Helsinki

Tropaion Helsinki – Building Information

Architectural design: ALA Architects ltd, Helsinki Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston
Client: Helsinki City Planning Department Other designers: Trafix (traffic), Airix (systems engineering)

Tropaion images © ALA Architects ltd.


To see all listed projects on a single map please follow this link.
 

Helsinki Architecture Walking Tours
Helsinki Station Building
photo : City of Helsinki

Helsinki Architecture – selection:

Kiasma, National Finnish Modern Art Gallery
Steven Holl Architects
Helsinki Art Gallery
image Courtesy Steven Holl

Helsinki Art Gallery

University of Helsinki City Campus Library
Anttinen Oiva arkkitehdit Oy – aoa
University of Helsinki City Campus Library
image from architect

University of Helsinki City Campus Library

Housing Architecture

Finnish Architect

Residential Designs

Comments / photos for the Tropaion Helsinki Architecture page welcome

Tropaion Building