“Can computerized production technologies turn pure wooden structural joinery into an attractive option again?”
The Niemelä Tenant Farm, one of the most significant remnants of Finnish vernacular architecture, is a collection of thirteen small wooden buildings around a collective courtyard. Originally built in the 18th century in Central Finland it is now located in the outdoor museum of Seurasaari in Helsinki.
This temporary “fourteenth building” was added to the neighborhood in 2017 to study the differences (and similarities) in our, and our forefathers’ perception of space. The pavilion is built entirely out of wooden parts - without structural metal, glue, or plastics - as a combination of traditional and progressive contemporary technologies.
CREDITS: &’, Emmi Keskisarja, Janne Teräsvirta, Miia-Liina Tommila, Silje Klepsvik, Tone Berge, Irmelin Rose Fisch Vågen, Tommi Alatalo, Antrei Hartikainen, PHOTOS: Saana Wang, TYPE: Pavilion, LOCATION: Helsinki/Seurasaari Outdoor Museum, SIZE: 35sqm, CLIENT: Finnish National Board of Antiquities, SUPPORTERS: Finnish Cultural Fund, STATUS: Completed 2017
... OF WAR AND PEACE
How to merge numerous layers of built memorabilia from different ages into a coherent environment?
The historical milieu of the wartime Finnish army HQ is to be converted into a Centre for War and Peace. Exhibition- and educational functions are placed both in the buildings and around the neighborhood. The new situation is expressed by adding a frame around the “original”. The gesture connects different buildings of the Centre, but also creates a literal frame around the area in which historical surface materials are preserved and/or reconstructed. The only additions inside the frame are two playground objects: One projected to be full of children, joy and play —- and an identical one restricted by glass walls, to remain empty forever.
CREDITS: &’, Emmi Keskisarja, Janne Teräsvirta, Miki Sordi, PROJECT: Muisti Centre for War and Peace, TYPE: Museum and Masterplan 2017, LOCATION: Mikkeli/Finland, SIZE: 8000sqm, CLIENT: Miksei oy, City of Mikkeli, STATUS: Ongoing, COLLABORATORS: Wise Group, Controlteam, Polygon, OiOi
How to deliver an impressive spatial experience in commercial airplane cargo?
The Dragon Skin Pavilion is a study on how architects can reassert control over parts of the construction process previously surrendered to factories and contractors, and how this enables them to materialize discoveries from the digital into the built environment. It is a plywood structure held together only by gravity (no engineers = no structure = elements ARE the structure). The work was designed and constructed for the 2011-12 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture.
CREDITS: &’, Emmi Keskisarja, Kristof Crolla, Sebastien Delagrange, Pekka Tynkkynen, PHOTO: Dennis Io, CLIENT: Hong Kong Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, SIZE: 16 sqm, LOCATION: Hong Kong, China, STATUS: Completed 2012
NATURALIA NON SUNT TURPIA
Could a utilitarian structure in the middle of nowhere be designed for everyone?
As architecture, a water tower has to perform only in a few simple levels: It needs to hold up to 30tns of water high up the air, and provide access for maintenance about once every year. In Finland water towers are often thought of as landmarks, stimulating the landscape an imaginative concrete shape, or structural miracle.
The site for this project is isolated, inhabited only by birds and other forest animals. Could the water tower become social infrastructure for these inhabitants? We propose to build different conditions on its facade for birds, bats, insects, and other animals to inhabit. Instead of creating a solid and still concrete sculpture, we aimed for an architecture that is alive, vivid and in motion - a complete biostructure.
CREDITS: Veikko Ojanlatva & Janne Teräsvirta, TYPE: Competition, LOCATION: Kerava/Finland, SIZE: 30tn
What could be achieved with the energy already harnessed in existing built structures?
Hartwall Arena is the largest sports stadium and entertainment complex in Helsinki. The infrastructure of the arena is built for the demand of a full audience of 30.000. Such audience peaks happen 2-3 times per year in major events. For the remaining time the vast potential of the arena’s infrastructure remains unused.
Calculations proved that this potential could supply for at least another 50,000 square meters of new construction. Peak attenuation systems help to overcome occasional large public events. The rough public space around the arena - and around the proposed tower - is also upgraded.
The facade envelope of the tower progressively grows from bottom to top, as the spaces shift from offices to apartments. This serves the different daylight and cooling requirements of these programmes and results int a distinguished performative shape.
CREDITS: Ala Architects (Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta and Samuli Woolston), Arup, PROJECT: Tower on Leijona Square, LOCATION: Helsinki, Finland, PROGRAM: 75.000sqm, offices, apartments, sports/entertainment centre, CLIENT: Harkimo Productions, STATUS: Concept Design 2011,
How to encourage a development of healthy financial real estate structure by spatial design?
The project includes the master plan and reprogramming of the landmark hospital area of Dikemark. Along architectural design, the plan introduces means to finance the steps. Variations in scale, program, privacy, ownership and commitment are secured. Financial risk is distributed and minimized with multiple end-user groups. Ultimately, to ensure continuation, the ownership structure is changed from mono to plural. The project proposes an architecture that literally mirrors and reflects the surroundings, bringing the existing into focus, thus making a statement on the approach to built heritage.
CREDITS: &’. Emmi Keskisarja, Tone Berge, Silje Klepsvik, Miia-Liina Tommila, Vegard Aarseth, Noora Aaltonen, Ossi Keskisarja, Minnamarie NurmiPROJECT: Dikemark Housing Area Plan, CLIENT: Asker & Oslo municipalities and Oslo University Hospital, SIZE: 100.000 sqm (11 ha) + 55.000 sqm renovation, LOCATION: Agder, Norway
THE NATURAL (E)STATE
How to create sustainable beauty on a field of asphalt?
A rectangular asphalt area is cut off. A solar panel tower is added next to it. Energy from the solar panels is transferred to heat the asphalt from underneath. An accelerated natural zone is created, where frost is avoided and growth periods extended. The main event of the piece is the long-term evolution from a smooth, black, man-made surface into a rapidly growing, living piece of nature.
TYPE: Public Sculpture, CLIENT: Helsinki Art Museum, SIZE: 120sqm, COST: 150.000€, LOCATION: Helsinki/Finland, TEAM: &’ Emmi Keskisarja, Janne Teräsvirta, PHOTOS: Saana Wang
How to turn an industrial environment into a finessed cultural environment without loosing its derelict charm?
Kilden in Kristiansand unites the local Symphony Orchestra, the regional Theater and the local opera ensemble with the citizens of Southern Norway. The building can accommodate over 2.500 spectators simultaneously. The building is a materialized piece of fantasy merged into an industrial harbor scenery. It’s identity is defined by a monumental wooden wall built of local oak. The wall is an embodied separation between reality and fantasy, providing an interface between the performances in the building, and the people of the city.
CREDITS: Ala Architects (Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta and Samuli Woolston with SMS Arkitekter/Erik Sandsmark), WSP, Arup, Brekke Strand, Sweco Grøner, Cowi, TPC, PROJECT: Kilden Performing Arts Center in , PROGRAM: Performing Arts Centre, CLIENT: TKS IKS Kristiansand, SIZE: 24.600sqm, COST: €140 million, CNY 980 million, LOCATION: Kristiansand, Norway, STATUS: Completed 2011, PHOTOS: Iwan Baan, Tuomas Uusheimo
CE N’EST PAS UN IMMEUBLE
The scheme consists of five perimeter blocks. Their height varies between 2 and 16 floors. The roofs are covered with terraces. The gigantic bowl shape enables sea views from all terraces and apartments. Meanwhile a sense of community and togetherness for the inhabitants is suggested by the composition. While the building scale is large along the seafront, the inner streetscape of the area is tight and comfortable. The change of scale places maximum amount of homes close to the sea, while it mitigates wind effect within the block perimeters.
CREDITS: Ala Architects (Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta and Samuli Woolston), Trafix, Airix, PROJECT: Hanasaari Housing Area Masterplan, SIZE: 100.000sqm, LOCATION: Helsinki, Finland, PHOTOS: Tiia Ettala
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