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Residential buildings
Architect
Erik Bryggman
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Erik Bryggman’s architecture
Tags
block of flats brick Nordic classicism Turku
Design
1923
Completion
1924

The five-storey L-shaped apartment block is built of masonry. The ground floor windows on the street side have arched insets with classicist decoration and some with balusters. On the four upper floors, the 8- and on the top floor 6-pane windows are flush with the façade surface. Between the uppermost row of windows there are classicist drape decorations. The eaves are decorated with a stylised band of classical mutules. The handsome asymmetrically placed main entrance portal is emphasized by two-storey high columns carrying decorative metal urns. Above the door there is a medallion featuring an acanthus leaf.

The building has three staircases. Most apartments are accessed from the square-shaped main staircase with straight flights of stairs. The two other staircases are for secondary use. The construction is based on the principle of load-bearing walls placed between and around the stairs. The large bourgeois apartments have been subdivided in various ways within this plan. For his own third-floor apartment Bryggman designed a distinguished entrance hall with three openings in the load-bearing wall.

Text: Mikko Laaksonen
Source: Arkkitehti 4/1928

Location

Brahenkatu 9, Turku
60.4536075, 22.2693156

Images

Present day view from Brahenkatu street., Brahenkatu 9 apartment building
Present day view from Brahenkatu street., Brahenkatu 9 apartment building (© Mikko Laaksonen / Bryggman Institute)
Façade detail, achantus leaf above the main entrance., Brahenkatu 9 apartment building
Façade detail, achantus leaf above the main entrance., Brahenkatu 9 apartment building (© Milla Järvipetäjä / Bryggman Institute)
Façade detail., Brahenkatu 9 apartment building
Façade detail., Brahenkatu 9 apartment building (© Milla Järvipetäjä / Bryggman Institute)
Main staircase., Brahenkatu 9 apartment building
Main staircase., Brahenkatu 9 apartment building (© Milla Järvipetäjä / Bryggman Institute)
Perspective drawing of Bryggman's own apartment's entrance hall., Brahenkatu 9 apartment building
Perspective drawing of Bryggman's own apartment's entrance hall., Brahenkatu 9 apartment building (© MFA)
Brahenkatu 9 apartment building after completion, viewed from Yliopistonkatu street., Brahenkatu 9 apartment building
Brahenkatu 9 apartment building after completion, viewed from Yliopistonkatu street., Brahenkatu 9 apartment building (© MFA)
Elevation., Brahenkatu 9 apartment building
Elevation., Brahenkatu 9 apartment building (© MFA)

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