Arabiankatu 8 Housing Block
The new Kruunuvuorenranta district in the east of Helsinki city centre has a waste treatment facility which collects all waste from the district’s apartment blocks through underground pipes. The waste transfer station is located next to a steep rock cliff. It has been an inspiration for the massing of the relief-like façade. The concrete elements of the façade resemble the shape of an origami. The design is based on 3D modelling. After the fitting of elements, they were painted with rust patinated paint. The building has a monopitch roof which has a grass roofing.
The functions of the waste transfer station are hidden in the sculpture-like building. The monolith building’s façade’s sensitive design forms an interesting view with the rock cliff to the neighbouring apartment blocks.
The architects in charge of the design are Jussi Murole, Timo Kiukkola, Nikolai Rautio and Teemu Seppänen of B&M Architects. The design and modelling of the concrete elements were executed in collaboration with FCG and Topi Äikäs from Betoniviidakko. The building won the Concrete Façade of the Year award in 2017.
Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station is a Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2019 finalist.