- Competition Entry: The Helsinki library \ PAR
- Competition Entry: Light Forest – The Helsinki library \ MenoMenoPiu Architects
- Roundkick House \ Le 2 Workshop
- The Courtyard House \ Hiren Patel Architects
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 07:12 AM PST
The cityscape in all its variety—the idyllic Baltic Sea, the broad expanse of skyline dotted with spires, and the urbanized plane of Töölönlahti was the incentive to design a building that concentrates on the vertical. In contrast to the other buildings in the Töölönlahti District, an essential component of the design involved creating a public space at the top of the library—visually connecting Töölönlahti to Senate Square and the city at large.
The library is organized by six intersecting axes that afford spectacular vistas while creating a variety of spatial configurations for the library's program. With it's six floor levels each pointing toward a celebrated landmark, the Central Library becomes a symbolic center for city. Public living rooms are located within the three sloping peaks, the Reading Room, Sauna and Restaurant. Designed as a spatial sequence with surprising transitions, each floor of the library presents connections from public spaces such as Reading Platforms, Sunrooms and the Observatory to Helsinki's enduring icons. With panoramic views of the city and Senate Square dome, the Observatory terminates the promenade of escalators and staircases that dynamically rise through the building.
A series of programmatic strips are stacked to create a narrow building that is optimal for the Helsinki climate and library program. The strips feature 11.5 m deep plates that allow for flexibility in collections layout and maximize available natural light, creating an ideal reading environment crucial for the library. A superimpostion of the strips is extruded up to maximum height generating a prismatic volume that contains a public void at the ground level. Along the plaza is a multi-height atrium which opens up to the park and pedestrian pathway draws people into the library.
The landscape block is at the same time integrated and outstanding, traditional and contemporary. It creates a stage-like space for the annual gathering of the National Day of Finland.
The new Helsinki Central Library conception has been led by the requirements of the zero carbon building objective. At the earliest stage of design, environmental analysis via simulation tools enabled design decisions that optimized the sustainable performance of the building form and envelope.
+ Project facts
Project: Helsinki Central Library
+ All images and drawings courtesy PAR
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 06:54 AM PST
The Helsinki library will be situated in the new green heart of Helsinki. The project will occupy 4500m² of the site. The intention is to replace the existing green that MenoMenoPiu Architects subtract to the park in a indoor environment perfectly controlled.
MenoMenoPiu Architects decided to conceive the building as a tree forest enclosed in a climatic box, in which the structure represents the causality of the wood.
The natural organization of the pillars is then reproduced on the glazed envelope that creates the link between nature and architecture, between the light and the shadows.
The transparent facade gives to the building a high visual permeability, allowing the exterior user to follow the internal events and the client to have a strong link with the nature and the sourrounding. The envelope lifts, allowing the life in and through it and reducing the urban limit between Takatoolo park and Alvar Aallon Katu street.
The program develops in a spiral which reaches the green winter gardens just under the roof structure. The slabs system is an open space,that leaves an extreme flexibility to the program organization. Extensible partitions are hidden through all the building in the pillars, giving the opportunity to privatize different elements of the program (client’s office, work room etc.), when needed.
Each slab is provided with energy supply and a technological ceiling which will control local airflow. The elements of the program that need particular light, acoustic isolation or special equipment are placed in fixed closed boxes.
In our proposition for the library organization we suggest an acoustic disposition ,that goes from the “noisy” spaces placed near the basement, where most of the activities will be concentrated ,going to the “quiet” areas in the top part of the building . The “ground floor” will act as filter in between these two areas.
The climatic box preserves the internal microclimate by recycling the warm air of the western double facade. During the warmer periods of the year the roof may open to allow the natural air flow coming from the Toolonlahki bay.
+ Project facts
Project: Light Forest – The Helsinki library
Engineering: Buro Happold / Alasdair Young
+ All images and drawings courtesy MenoMenoPiu Architects
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 06:17 AM PST
Le 2 Workshop has designed the Roundkick House.
Inspiration to Roundkick House
Designed for a family of four, parents and two children. Investors like classic motorcycles and love "cruising".
Entirely covered with tall spruces with the drive entry located on the north side.
House is located in a certain distance from the site border. Its characteristic shape with a solid wall in the ground floor is the real border for privacy and limits the visibility from the street and neighboring lots. All of the house spaces are open to the south. The expressive horizontal silhouette of the building brings contrast to the surrounding natural environment of the tall spruces.
The house consists of three main blocks which can be describes as: wooden, black and opaque.
All of the ground-floor light wooden finishes are oriented horizontally in order to emphasize the upper-floor external structure.
The reference to nature has been distorted by the use of custom, polished, large-size Quadro-Clad façade system manufactured by Hunter-Douglas. The living room is fully glazed by the use of a frameless system. Divisions that appear in the form of the building meet the individual distribution of the functions inside the house. The upper-storey cantilever overhangs are located above the house entrance and the terrace.
Interior of the house is open to the surrounding. The vestibule is a prelude to numerous spaces various in size despite the small volume of the building. The most important part of the house is the living room, which is surrounded by a terrace and is adjacent to the outdoor swimming pool. Raw materials used for finishes contrast with the omnipresent green environment. Clearly defined spaces allow various interior design options.
The house provides only one main entrance, the location of which is clearly highlighted by architectural form of the front facade. The proportions and aesthetics of this symbolic element had a clear impact on the further development of the plan of the building. The vestibule has been removed from the traditional interior location and situated on the crossing point of the three characteristic building volumes (wooden, black, opaque).
Communication routes inside the house have been minimized in order to save space. On the left to the entrance we have located a garage with technical room and a studio. The garage itself is hidden behind the front facade. On the right side of the entrance there are stairs and a bathroom for guests, accompanied by an outdoor swimming pool. Proximity to the living room provides an additional value to the design. The southern part of the ground floor is the living room with a half-separated kitchen and a small block of storage space.
Three bedrooms and a bathroom are located in the upper-storey – all have windows of different size which form the characteristic composition of the "black" façade and provide a wide panoramic view on the surrounding spruces. One large, accent window has been added to the hallway and staircase space.
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+ All images and drawings courtesy Le 2 Workshop
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 06:12 AM PST
Hiren Patel Architects has completed The Courtyard House in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
The courtyard house is designed with a grid of 7'x7'. The house has been designed in such a way hat all the living spaces and passage face open space and garden, which was also the main design concept since its inception, thus creating a central courtyard which holds the reflection pool making it a major design element. This also makes the design an introvert one, leaving garden at backside but still visible and accessible from all the rooms of house.
Formal living room comes first along with 2 bedrooms followed by 9' wide passage parallel to central courtyard and reflection pool. Passage ends to dining room and family room. This area is maximum used area, thus has a big verandah all three sides, which adds the value to north side garden.
This house has big size of openings and skylight to allow ample amount of light to be entered in house throughout the day. It is also a crucial feature in Ahmedabad climate. Here light is essential but not a scorching heat. Screens and deep verandah protect these huge openings from harsh Sun. Verandahs also become wonderful outdoors spaces during relatively cool evenings and mornings.
Courtyard House is made of RCC roof structure covered with wood. Also verandah and upper rooms are covered with wood. Floors are covered with natural marble stone & wooden planks. Custom designed doors and windows are made of wood and laminated glass.
Basic principles of Architecture have been applied to the house and use of art & art-objects make the spaces of 'timeless' quality.
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Project: The Courtyard House
+ All images and drawings courtesy Hiren Patel Architects
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