About

Category
Residential buildings
Architect
Talli Architecture & Design
Tags
block of flats brick concrete gallery access loft open building
Gross area (m²)
4359
Completion
2011

The Tila block of loft flats, completed in 2011 in the new Arabianranta district of Helsinki, was built according to a completely new concept created by architect Pia Ilonen and her architecture and design company Talli. This concept follows the “open building” and do-it-yourself philosophies leaving the apartments at a loft warehouse type stage allowing individual unit owners to build the interior of their apartments according to their wishes.

The five-storey concrete and steel frame building consists of 39 five-meter high units of 50 or 100 square meters and accessed through a gallery. The ceiling height allows installing a mezzanine floor the size the owner wishes. The only permanent built-in room elements are the bathrooms. All dwelling units open to a private terrace-like balcony through a full-width and height window wall. The common spaces including a community room, sauna and terrace are situated on the top floor.

The guardrail lighting along the exterior corridor was designed to follow people’s movement across the space. In the Finnish Architectural Review 04/2011 Pia Ilonen describes the understated architectural form as being “distinguished by open-air access balconies, a rational and pointedly-visible structural frame, and exterior shafts for linking building services. The sheltered terraces on the top floor and the redbrick facade keep the building in harmony with the neighbourhood plan.”

Location

Posliininkatu 3, Helsinki
60.2107124, 24.9796785

Images

Facade with terrace balconies, Tila Loft Housing
Facade with terrace balconies, Tila Loft Housing (© Kuvio Architectural Photography)
Gallery access side, Tila Loft Housing
Gallery access side, Tila Loft Housing (© Kuvio Architectural Photography)
100 m2 unit before interior works, Tila Loft Housing
100 m2 unit before interior works, Tila Loft Housing (© Stefan Bremer)
50 m2 unit before interior works, Tila Loft Housing
50 m2 unit before interior works, Tila Loft Housing (© Stefan Bremer)
50 m2 unit after DIY works, Tila Loft Housing
50 m2 unit after DIY works, Tila Loft Housing (© Stefan Bremer)
50 m2 unit after DIY works, Tila Loft Housing
50 m2 unit after DIY works, Tila Loft Housing (© Stefan Bremer)
2nd floor plan as raw space, Tila Loft Housing
2nd floor plan as raw space, Tila Loft Housing (© Talli Architecture & Design)
2nd floor plan with partition and furnishing solutions, Tila Loft Housing
2nd floor plan with partition and furnishing solutions, Tila Loft Housing (© Talli Architecture & Design)
Section with mezzanine solutions, Tila Loft Housing
Section with mezzanine solutions, Tila Loft Housing (© Talli Architecture & Design)