WOOD CITY URBAN COURTYARD AND ROOFTOP GARDEN
Helsinki FI

Type Invited competition 2014
Team Anttinen Oiva Architects
Role Responsible for the courtyard and urban spaces
Client Stora Enso, SRV
Area 4070 m2
Project Start 2014
Status phase one, construction phase

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In downtown Helsinki a new mixed-use building complex with hotels, apartments and offices is built. The buildings will with their wooden facades, Nordic ar­chitecture and an active ground floor become a landmark for Helsinki.

 

It is a very special project in terms of materials and sustainability. The up to eight stories tall buildings are constructed entirely from wood including the supporting structures. Furthermore the project’s LEED-certifica­tion places great demands on sustainability. A common courtyard brings together the building complex and its many users. The high demands for sustainability also applies to the courtyard, and this is reflected in the choice of materials. High-quality and durable mate­rials such as brick and cast iron are used to reflect the materiality of the wooden building complex. Residents, employees as well as hotel and restaurant guests will provide for a vibrant courtyard throughout the day.

The green islets are planted with grasses, shrubs and trees from the Finnish archipelago
Public urban space in relation to hotel and offices, while the area in relation to residential housing have a higher degree of privacy

The space of the courtyard is divided based on daylight conditions, in order to place the different activities ideally, and to create a flexible courtyard than can be used for many different activities throughout the day. In relation to the hotel and offices the courtyard is public,

while there is a higher degree of privacy in relation to the residential buildings. The first phase is under construction and consists of the residential houses and the courtyard. The second phase with the hotel, office building and courtyard will be finished in 2021.