3/2019 Living

The third issue of the year examines different ways of living and the current range of housing production. Architects in different stages of their careers share their thoughts on living and housing. Young architect trio AS LL TK, one of the winners of the recent Housing Reform Helsinki architecture competition, discusses ideas behind their winning proposal for a block of flats in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki. Architects Kirsi Korhonen and Mika Penttinen, well-known for their housing projects, sit down for an interview about their design philosophy. Retired architect Olli Lehtovuori seeks directions for more human-centred housing, and postdoctoral researcher Jyrki Tarpio compares current Finnish housing production with Central European counterparts.

The issue showcases an array of housing projects, from service housing to apartment blocks and summer villas to saunas. Architect Tuomas Toivonen writes about his recent endeavours in developing a low-cost, adaptable housing concept with a developer. On the other hand, Sanna Tegel re-visits the old ideals of living, and examines Alvar Aalto’s Villa Skeppet designed in the 1960s from the point of view of environmental psychology.


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Editorial | How Should We Live?
Mika Savela

Villa Skeppet, a Building and a Home
Sanna Tegel

Seeking New Directions for More Human-Centred Housing
Olli Lehtovuori

Interview with AS LL TK
Mika Savela

Studio Interview | Kirsi Korhonen and Mika Penttinen – Advocates for Good Housing
Mika Savela

Tuomas Toivonen


Käpylän Posteljooni Apartments, Helsinki
Anttinen Oiva Architects

Commentary | In the Spirit of Käpylä
Kristo Vesikansa

Reppukatu Terrace Houses, Helsinki
POOK Architects

Smoke Sauna in Inkoo Archipelago, Inkoo

Gullkronan Senior Housing, Helsinki
Huttunen-Lipasti Architects

Commentary | Yellow-Brick Landmark
Jonas Malmberg

Helsinki Atrium Garden Residential Building, Helsinki
Viiri-Ylinenpää Architects

Villa Tykkyrinne Ski Lodge, Pudasjärvi
Heikki Vänttilä

House Kaarnikka, Oulu
LUO Architects

Sauna and Guesthouse, Espoo
Mer Architects

Kuninkaanraitti Semi-Detached Housing, Lieto
Tarmo Mustonen

Kotola Concept House, Seinäjoki
Tapani Takkunen

Gamla Villan Summer House, Hanko


Column | Lacking Terminology – Lacking Solutions?
Jyrki Tarpio


Suur-Merijoki Manor – the Jewel of Finnish Art Nouveau, Museum of Finnish Architecture  (Eeva Lahti)

Home Futures, Design Museum, London (Interview with Eszter Steierhoffer)


Irenée Scalbert: A Real Living Contact with the Things Themselves. Essays on Architecture (Mikael Andersson)

Omar Sosa, Nacho Alegre & Marco Velardi (eds.): The World of Apartamento – Ten Years of Everyday Life Interiors (Mika Savela)

Huttunen-Lipasti Architects

Anttinen Oiva Architects