The Käpylä area in Helsinki is known for its distinct atmosphere and architecture. The area is one of the earlies Finnish examples of the Garden City Movement and most houses are from the 40ies and 50ies. The new housing block is situated in a difficult plot with large terrain differences bordering the noisy Kullervonkatu
and the small park Kullervonpuisto. Towards the street, the facade appears more classic and closed off, and the housing block has been warmly received by its neighbours, who highlight it for being well-adjusted to the scale and materiality of the neighbourhood.
A warm yellow brick pavement sets the tone in the courtyard space, and creates a welcoming atmosphere with lush plantings and room for play and stay.
The courtyard for Käpylän Posteljooni is MASU Plannings first Finnish brick project. Formerly, brick as a pavement material was not common in Finland, and due to a strong wish to use brick for this project as well as
other projects, we started a dialogue with the building authorities in Helsinki. Brick is a long-lasting material with great qualities and luckily the process has lead to official approval of brick as a pavement material in Helsinki. This project showcases the many benefits of brick, as it’s pleasant materiality and in time it will prove how brick pavements age-well and last for a long time.