About

Category
Residential buildings
Architect
Raili and Reima Pietilä Architects
Tags
block of flats concrete wood
Competition
1962
Completion
1969

The apartment block completed in Tapiola Garden City in 1969 was in many respects an exceptional residential project. At the time, housing construction in Finland was marked by the use of standardised models and precast panels, which often resulted in monotonous environments. Raili and Reima Pietilä´s aim, in contrast, was to integrate buildings into the terrain, a large variety of apartment types and personal details. The Pietilä couple received the commission after winning an invited competition in 1962.

The 2–9-storey buildings meander on the wooded grounds, dodging the trenches from World War I. The varying rhythm of volumes and openings demonstrates Reima Pietilä´s interest in the Dutch De Stilj movement. However, instead of bright colours typical for De Stilj, Suvikumpu´s colour palette refers to the surrounding birch forest: white rendering is complemented by green painted concrete and brown-treated wood. The apartments are characterised by spacious balconies, sliding doors, interior windows, and the quantity of natural light. A small shopping centre included in the original plan was not realised, and in the early 1980s, the Pietilä couple designed an apartment block on its site. Unlike the original buildings, it was built of precast panels. At the same time, a small flower shop was built in the northwest corner of the block.

Text: Kristo Vesikansa

Location

Suvikummuntie, Espoo
60.1714372, 24.7865298

Additional media

Reima Pietilä's sketch, Suvikumpu Apartment Block
Reima Pietilä's sketch, Suvikumpu Apartment Block (© MFA)
Suvikumpu Apartment Block
Suvikumpu Apartment Block (© MFA)
Model of the competition entry, Suvikumpu Apartment Block
Model of the competition entry, Suvikumpu Apartment Block (© Eero Troberg / MFA)
Suvikulma, Suvikumpu Apartment Block
Suvikulma, Suvikumpu Apartment Block (© Kari Hakli / MFA)
Suvikeskus, Suvikumpu Apartment Block
Suvikeskus, Suvikumpu Apartment Block (© Kari Hakli / MFA)
Suvituuli, Suvikumpu Apartment Block
Suvituuli, Suvikumpu Apartment Block (© Simo Rista / MFA)
Home interior, Suvikumpu Apartment Block
Home interior, Suvikumpu Apartment Block (© MFA)