Photo © Asko Takala
Photo © Asko Takala
Photo © Tuomas Uusheimo
Photo © Tuomas Uusheimo
© Asko Takala

Jätkäsaari Housing

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Tyynenmerenkatu 3-5 , Helsinki, Finland

Two striking brick housing blocks face an old harbour warehouse designed by distinguished architect Lars Sonck in Jätkäsaari. 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 coloured of the two street side buildings, the top floors comprise two-storey apartments with 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 communal spaces are situated on the top floor 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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