Harjunkulma Housing Block
- Kirsti Sivén & Asko Takala
Jyväskylä, Finland, 2014
The town plan for the Harjunkulma housing block was originally based on a design by Peter Zumthor. The idea was to create a monolithic block enclosing a vast courtyard.
Sivén & Takala applied glass façade concept to meet local cost & energy expectations using tall sliding glass panels covering the exterior of three of the façades of the block but with a different solution for the noisier and darker north-east side. On the courtyard side, the basic volume has a completely different rhythm through free-shaped pavilion-like units clad in sheet metal. The planar parts of the courtyard façades have strip-like patterns resembling birch bark. Car-parking is placed underground. This new urban block brings life to the centre of Jyväskylä – a university town – and in the evenings shines like a large lantern.