Kotisaarenkatu housing

In Helsinki Playa Architects developed three apartment buildings taking advantage of the portal shape to maximize the natural light in the interior spaces.

Playa Architects, Kotisaarenkatu housing, Helsinki, Finland. Photo Tuomas-Uusheimo
The project Kotisaarenkatu housing, developed by Playa Architects, comprises three villa-like apartment buildings in Toukoranta, Helsinki, and is part of the subsidized HITAS-program organized by the city of Helsinki.

The buildings are characterized by the wood paneled balcony zones along the street and courtyard facades. Triangular extra storage space has been integrated into the balcony walls.

The resulting portal shape maximizes natural light in the apartments. Entrances are from semi-public courtyards that are slightly elevated from the street-level. Communal saunas and terraces are on the top floor and offer unobstructed views to the sea.

Kotisaarenkatu Housing, Helsinki, Finland
Program: apartment complex
Architects: Playa Architects (Veikko Ojanlatva, Tuukka Vuori, Sirpa Pyyhtiä)
Design Team: Marja Lapinleimu, Tuomas Raikamo, Jukka Kangasniemi, Mari Haavisto, Ulla Seppä, Jukka Sulonen, Daniel Lütolf (scale model)
Structural design: Finnmap Consulting Oy/Aulis Ranua
HVAC: Optiplan Oy/Antti Alvoittu
Electrical: Optiplan Oy/Jari Muunoja
Main Contractor: Lemminkäinen Talo Oy
Electrical: VIP-Sähkö Oy
Air: Sarjametalli Oy
Area: 5,190 sqm
Completion: 2013

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