At Kruunuvuorenranta in Helsinki, there is a rarity: a Finnish apartment building whose homes were sold as raw space. Architect and developer share their thoughts on the project.
Architects of Kone building conversion into apartments: ”It was nice for a change to design something more spacious”
The conversion of office building into apartments was based on A6 Architects' winning proposal in a competition.
The development of new housing concepts has taken place almost solely according to the conditions of construction companies, seeking to gain cost savings, criticises Kristo Vesikansa.
Almost half of Finnish households have only one member, and the same development can be seen in other Western countries. In her PhD dissertation, architect Anne Tervo found out that spatial needs of solo dwellers are rarely met in apartments typical in contemporary Finnish housing. One solution could be sharing.
Contrary to what is often thought, joint building ventures have a long history in Finland. If things had turned out differently in the 1960s, joint building ventures could still be mainstream.