Architects Soini & Horto

2017

Central block in Kruunuvuorenranta
Helsinki

Designing competition

We designed a large, architecturally prestige and cityscape-complimenting block that has three parts.

All parts of the block were designed to include ground-level commercial space. On top of the commercial ground floor, the block is edged with residential houses that have homely garden areas.
In the middle of the designed block are three lighthouse-like tower buildings. Storage and parking spaces are situated in the basement.

Between commercial spaces at the end of the street, Haakoninlahdenkatu forms a lit up and lively square Kruunu, from where a view opens to the south all the way to the sea.

The facades of the building are partly masonry and partly scraping finished and the facades facing toward the Kruunu square are tile laced. In the dark the tile laced facade comes alive making the buildings look like glowing torches. The asymmetrical balconies bring interesting movement into the otherwise calm facade.

Name: Central block in Kruunuvuorenranta
Location: Helsinki
Year: 2017
Phase: The project did't actualise
Size: 21 000 kem2
Client: NCC Building
Team:
Ilona Karjalainen, Architect SAFA
Santtu Rothsten, Architect SAFA
Riikka Hautala, Architect SAFA
Karoliina Härkälä, Building architect
Matti Pirttimäki, Architect SAFA
Mariano Perez, Architect SAFA
Kalle Ukonlinna, Architect SAFA
Jari Pakarinen, Visualization