The dismantling and restoration work has begun in Finland’s first Art Nouveau style building, Co-op Helsingin Luotsinlinna in the Katajanokka district in Helsinki.
Archeus is working in close cooperation with Helsinki Building Control Department, Helsinki City Museum, an antiquarian supervisor, and Lapis Rakennus, a company specialized in demanding transformation and renovation projects of prestige buildings.
The building, originally known as Tallberg’s building, was designed by young architect trio Gesellius-Lindgren-Saarinen in 1896-1897 after winning the design competition.
For Archeus, this transformation and major overhaul project is equally highly demanding and quite a pleasant, honorary task.
Situated by the central area of the Katajanokka district in Helsinki by the Uspenski Cathedral and Tove Jansson Park, the new loft apartments of Archeus’ Co-op Helsingin Luotsikatu 1a are set to revamp the fixed concepts of rental living in apartment buildings.
Tailored to suit VVO Group’s Lumo Plus Premium high-end rental housing brand, the near sixty loft apartments are spacious, unique in their spatial solutions and equipped with high-grade materials and fixtures.
The living, dining and kitchen areas of the apartments form visually spacious and open, overlapping and unfolding, diversely furnishable series of spaces. As pictured in the header, the current attic will feature unique apartments with private roof terraces open towards the courtyard and evening sun.
The out of the ordinary storey heights and structures within a building of cultural and building heritage value enable sleeping loft solutions in some apartments – this adds an extra dimension and flexibility to residing and freedom in furnishing.
The courtyard stairs and balconies’ glazing and structures are to be covered with ornaments representing the industrial history of the building and providing privacy on the balconies.
The original reinforced concrete slabs, pillars and framework are to be left out in the open to represent the original character and tone of the building. Belonging to an industrial building, the original elements will be accompanied by contemporary space and fixture solutions and rugged material choices.
The developer in the project is Lapis Rakennus, a company specialized in demanding transformation and renovation projects of prestige buildings.
House by the river is a private house project in Oulu, Finland completed in 2009. Placed on a riverside plot by the Oulujoki river, the U-shaped building is closed towards the street and opens towards the river. The living spaces with large glazed openings toward the yard spread through several floors, and are brought together via the central courtyard.
Architecturally, with highly thought-out detailing even in the auxiliary buildings’ facades and the contrasting surfaces with natural transitions through-out the entire plot, the project serves a splendid example of our all-encompassing design philosophy.
For more information and a more detailed look, see our project page.