Tyynenmerenkatu, Helsinki

Tyynenmerenkatu 3-5 Housing Blocks in Jätkäsaari

Helsinki, 2014

Two new handsome brick blocks face an old harbour warehouse designed by architect Lars Sonck. These rental apartment buildings (partly social housing) form a clear frontage in brick, with a fine arcade and shops on the street level. A decorative element is created by the colourful balconies above the shop windows. Another motif is the row of vertical boxes clad in sheet metal containing small room-like glazed balconies. In the darker of the two street side buildings, the top floors comprise two-storey apartments with even spacious open terraces. The facades of the inner courtyard are in a lighter colour, a feature in accordance with the Helsinki urban tradition. Car-parking is placed underground, while communal saunas and clubrooms are situated on the top floor and offering views over the sea. The apartments vary from small studio flats to family homes with several bedrooms. There is also a special group unit for persons with disabilities.

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foto: #3,4 Tuomas Uusheimo, #1,2,5 Asko Takala

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