Melkinlaituri is a landfill area with astonishing views towards the open sea. With the unique qualities of being close to the open sea comes a set of challenges regarding wind and water. The new housing blocks and their surroundings have been designed to suppress the rough winds affecting the seashore. Carefully planned vegetation and terrain forms allow for pleasant microclimate conditions in the parks and streets of the area.
The shoreline of the waterfront park, Neptunuksenpuisto, also required precise planning, as strong and large waves repeatedly hit the shore of Jätkäsaari, rearranging and throwing around the stones of the shore. This limits the types of structures that can be built along the shore. A structure of larger cubical stones in a gently sloping arrangement both diminishes the height of the waves hitting the shore and creates a special place for experiencing the elements.
The design of the area and choice of materials continue the character of Jätkäsaari, but with a subtle twist to establish Melkinlaituri as it’s own area with a distinct atmosphere. As an example, the lightning in the area follows the same design as the streets surrounding the area. However, the parks and the pedestrian streets at Melkinlaituri have a different type
of lamp, typical only to Melkinlaituri. Additionally, the vegetation of the streets in the area are typical to the inner city of Jätkäsaari, yet the vegetation of the pedestrian streets and parks reflects more the closeness to the ocean with plants characteristic to the archipelago.
The tip of Melkinlaituri will form a large public park as an extension of the inner promenade street. The pedestrian-friendly road network is centred around the main pedestrian street that stretches through the area to the beginning of Jätkäsaari, as an urban spine. The area is easily reached by either tram or foot, and from the inner street, you experience views to the
ocean. The stone paving of the pedestrian streets takes inspiration from the wave patterns of the open sea, which creates lively and unique patterns distinctive for Melkinlaituri. The carefully planned paving combined with active 1. floors, planting-islands filled with archipelago vegetation and a visible channel for rainwater creates a rhythmical and interesting cityscape.