A project of ours, a private house House N+N in Oulu, Finland is featured in the November issue of Glorian Koti, a Finnish home decor magazine. An issue aimed for the holiday season, the article emphasizes on the contemporary Christmas decorations of the residents.
The four-spread article does tell the origin story of the house – how the habitants were great fans of Archeus’ work and persistently insisted to meet up with Pave, who was extremely busy at the time. In the end, the meeting was a productive one and resulted in a minimalistic yet highly functional two-storey family home.
The well-planned whole with restrained choice of materials is open to reconfiguration in different phases of life and the strategically placed openings of the structure invite the surrounding coniferous forest scenery inside.
The project has been published on architecture sites Architizer, DiarioDESIGN and designboom and was featured in a book, The Modern Sauna and Related Facilites by Allan Konya published by a British publishing company Archimedia Press Limited in 2011.
Soaring to fifty meters next to the Toppilansalmi strait in Oulu, Finland, the trademark silo shaped structure was completed a couple of years ago and the result continues to amaze us. We've updated our project page with some new day and evening pictures of the project.
The landmark silo shaped structure was rebuilt and enhanced with balcony openings and with the addition of a contemporary dark extension, the structure has a total of 95 apartments. Completed in 2014, the building was the tallest residential building in Oulu.
The southwest facade facing the Toppilansalmi strait is dominated by the copper plated canopy over the main entrance and the silo cylinders now utilized as balconies. The rectangular shaped structure above the canopy on the left was a separate project, Co-op Oulun Tervahovin Vanhat Siilot, a reuse of a 1920’s silo, also completed in 2014.
The dark, contemporary extension sits comfortably with the historic silo aesthetics and has a different take on the industrial loft design. The extension’s surface was executed in black and grey glass surfaces with orange steel jetties providing the otherwise dark structure small colour speckles.
The corridors utilize the full aspect of the industrial silo design with visible concrete surfaces along with contemporary lighting and carpeting creating a more of a hotel-like feel.
The first four floors of the building are two-storey neo-lofts with five-meter-high open spaces throughout the layout. The outer walls towards the balconies always have floor to ceiling windows.
The raw, in-situ cast concrete surfaces are a vivid element throughout the interior.
The silo balconies vary from small to large with the largest corner balconies reaching over 27 square meters in size. Together with varying zones of glazed and open, low and full-height, they’re vastly multifunctional. From the outside, the deep slats on the silo openings keep to the massive silo shape and on the balconies and in the interior afford also privacy.
The much-used freedom to customize the layout and materials of the apartments to one’s interests led to an intriguing mix of alternating solutions.
The joint courtyard of the two silo projects offers intriguing views inside the structure and its fine, crisp materials make for a truly memorable sight. Here, the dialogue of the building masses representative of three different eras and their colours are in full display.
Serving Original Sokos Hotel Arina in the Oulu city centre, another major project was carried out by Archeus recently. Placed where the old, then moved office spaces of Co-op Arina were, the old, dark office layout got torn down completely leaving an open layout for the new breakfast and private restaurant of the hotel.
The main windows face the newly opened Shopping Centre Valkea’s five-storey high prom. This offers intriguing views in tandem with heavy curtains left out of the design. The light colour scheme with hints of copper draws inspiration from the open dawn sky above traditional field scenery found all-around Oulu and from the atmosphere of the cosy, grandmother’s home. The light colours help create a roomier feel in the relatively low space.
Wood is used through-out the space with the big panelled walls creating a warm, lively texture in the opposite ends of the restaurant space.
The copper tinted pine cone lights are affordable yet imposing features.
The casual atmosphere stems from the altering furniture, patchwork-like layout of tiles, a surprising, real green area in the middle of the space and from the pleasant lighting. The lighting changes flexibly from the luminous breakfast use to the evening use as a private restaurant.
The bathroom area serves as a contrast to the light restaurant area with its darker look. The intriguing black tiles with similarly shaped mirrors add a fun yet stylish feel with the light wood ceiling heightening the space.
A unique feature, the veranda amidst the rooftops of the block is accessed from the buffet widening the usable area. This nest-like lap was created with the use of a pergola and eaves structures.