Archeus’ Kate Hulkkonen and her family’s apartment at Co-op Oulun Tervahovin Siilot is featured in the latest issue of Koti ja Keittiö, a Finnish interior design magazine. The six spread article focuses on the interior design and the uniqueness of the apartment within the silo building designed by Archeus in Toppilansalmi, Oulu.
The apartment is situated on the southern corner of the building on the ground floor with views to the Toppilansalmi strait and the Möljänsilta Bridge. The living and kitchen areas are on the ground floor with two bedrooms and a bath with a sauna situated on the loft storey. The balcony areas bordered with the round silo structures surround the entire apartment – a trait characteristic for the building. The living room utilizes the full height of the space soaring up to five meters. The floor to ceiling windows provide great vistas and let light deep into the apartment.
Incidentally, Kate got to design many of the architectural solutions as well and her handprint is strongly uniform with the rough industrial look meets the modern vision introduced by Pave Mikkonen – the leading idea behind the attraction of the building itself.
Kate kept a blog, Kulmuri (“corner flat”), during the building process which can be found here.
Do have a look at our project page of Co-op Oulun Tervahovin Siilot as well.
A while back Archeus handled the architect and project design of the extension of the accommodation spaces at Finavia’s Helsinki Airport. In the process, GLO Hotel Airport received our interior design treatment.
One of the main goals of the renovation was to provide a peaceful environment for calming down in the centre of a busy airport. As a result, the lobby spaces were divided from the previously open solution into their own private space. Although the renovation was thorough, not everything was redone – old solutions were coordinated with the new and given a fresh update. A fine example of this is the lobby’s light ceiling as pictured in the header.
As the hotel is situated within an airport, there are no outer windows. An added sense of space was achieved by mirror solutions throughout and lighting of the vertical surfaces. In the lobby, veneer was applied on the old pillars and a mirror placed in the middle – this fades the previously heavy structures and creates more of a fixture-like appearance.
As airports can be hectic and loud, lots of thought was put into soundproofing and acoustics. The new, soothing acoustics of the lobby were achieved with suitable structures and proper textile carpeting. A variety of seating arrangements fulfil the many needs of the visitors.
The rooms’ contemporary design features glass-walled bathrooms set in the same space as the rest of the hotel room functions. This saves space within the room and provides light. Soundproofing structures along with textile panels and acoustic boards provide a peaceful atmosphere.
The rooms are of varying size with the smallest being just about 12 square meters, yet all utilize the same design principles. As mentioned before, mirrors play a significant role but another notable feature is lighting up of the light-coloured roofs – this adds to the sense of space by lifting the space upwards.
As there was a growing demand for conference rooms within the airport, the GLO Hotel Airport got its very own. Appropriately strong contrasts of veneer, black, grey and white work together with splashes of blue from the chairs and an intriguing hovering light fixture makes for a memorable experience. Functions are hidden behind the panels on the back wall creating a clean look.
The small gym is a narrow space, yet manages to feel spacious as one of the longer walls is entirely covered with mirrors and a light photograph print was placed on the opposing wall.
Another year has passed and the play of light, snow and darkness of winter is among us at least up here in the north. As things slow down for the upcoming weeks, Archeus would like to thank you all for making this year a successful one. We wish you great holidays ahead and all the best for the year 2016! See you back in early 2016 for more new interesting Archeus stories.