About

The cream-white housing complex for senior citizens with 93 rental apartments occupies its extremely difficult site with grace and elegance. Kirsti Sivén, Asko Takala and their team make an attractive mark on the townscape with delicate handling of the building volumes, calmly functional spatial design and unpretentious composition of the façades. The building is contemporary and site-specific while retaining an aura of familiarity.

Kampin Helmi was selected in the Finnish Architecture Biennial Review 2018. Extract from the jury report:

“The jury was impressed by the way in which the efficient building contributes to the urban context without sacrificing the good standard and practicality of the floor plans. Before the building was erected, the place had no identity of its own: the small plot rested on residual land fenced away from the neighbourhood by two arterial roads and the Baana bike line that carves through the city in an old railway shaft beneath street level. This location has a prominent position as a city boundary within a landscape of long, sweeping perspectives.”

Location

Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 30, Helsinki
60.1677102, 24.9228037

Images

Kampin Helmi Senior Housing
Kampin Helmi Senior Housing (© Tuomas Uusheimo)
Kampin Helmi Senior Housing
Kampin Helmi Senior Housing (© Tuomas Uusheimo)
View along Baana bicycle lane, Kampin Helmi Senior Housing
View along Baana bicycle lane, Kampin Helmi Senior Housing (© Tuomas Uusheimo)
Kampin Helmi Senior Housing
Kampin Helmi Senior Housing (© Tuomas Uusheimo)
Kampin Helmi Senior Housing
Kampin Helmi Senior Housing (© Tuomas Uusheimo)
Site plan, Kampin Helmi Senior Housing
Site plan, Kampin Helmi Senior Housing (© Kirsti Sivén & Asko Takala Architects)
Basement and mezzanine, Kampin Helmi Senior Housing
Basement and mezzanine, Kampin Helmi Senior Housing (© Kirsti Sivén & Asko Takala Architects)
Street level, Kampin Helmi Senior Housing
Street level, Kampin Helmi Senior Housing (© Kirsti Sivén & Asko Takala Architects)
Typical floor, Kampin Helmi Senior Housing
Typical floor, Kampin Helmi Senior Housing (© Kirsti Sivén & Asko Takala Architects)
East elevation, Kampin Helmi Senior Housing
East elevation, Kampin Helmi Senior Housing (© Kirsti Sivén & Asko Takala Architects)
South elevation, Kampin Helmi Senior Housing
South elevation, Kampin Helmi Senior Housing (© Kirsti Sivén & Asko Takala Architects)
West elevation, Kampin Helmi Senior Housing
West elevation, Kampin Helmi Senior Housing (© Kirsti Sivén & Asko Takala Architects)