Architects Soini & Horto

2019-

Lapinlahden Kevät
Helsinki

Lapinlahden kevät (Spring of Lapinlahti) is the winning design for a new maritime hotel and the development of Lapinlahti area. This historical hospital area will welcome services supporting health and wellbeing while protecting the surrounding park. Lapinlahti will become a central meeting place for locals and visitors alike with its new users and functions including restaurants, exhibition spaces, a book shop, a hostel and a public sauna.

The protection on the historical park was a crucial starting point for the development of the area. The landscape plan is mainly protective and restorative, but it includes also new interventions regarding improvement of accessibility, sustainability, recreation and social interaction. The new buildings have been gently integrated along the site borders to function as barrier of noise and pollution from the adjacent highway.

The maritime hotel has an inviting ground floor with a gallery, restaurants/café and sauna/spas. All hotel functions are connected to the park. Architecturally the connection is emphasized with wide terraces towards the park and façades with wooden vertical elements, that continue the rhythm of the surrounding park trees.

Name: Lapinlahden Kevät
Location: Helsinki
Year: 2019-
Phase: Winning proposal
Size: 10 000 m2
Client: NREP
Partner: Oaklins Merasco, OPUS Architects, ArkByroo
Team:
Anis Souissi, principal designer
Maija Gulin, landscape architect in charge
Sami Horto, architect, project manager
Kalle Ukonlinna, architect
Matus Pajor, architect