Architect
B&M Architects
Completion
2017
Gross area
4750 m²
Themes
Finlandia Prize for Architecture 2019
Category
Other
Tags
colour concrete curved

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.

Location

Hopeakaivoksentie 45, Helsinki
60.1707564, 25.0212377

Images

Site plan, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station
Site plan, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station (© B&M Architects)
Section, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station
Section, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station (© B&M Architects)
Concrete element plan, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station
Concrete element plan, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station (© Hanna Tyvelä)
Concrete element plan, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station
Concrete element plan, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station (© Timo Kiukkola)
Street façade, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station
Street façade, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station (© Timo Kiukkola)
Entrance, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station
Entrance, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station (© Timo Kiukkola)
Street façade, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station
Street façade, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station (© Timo Kiukkola)
Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station
Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station (© Timo Kiukkola)
Entrance, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station
Entrance, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station (© Timo Kiukkola)
Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station
Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station (© Timo Kiukkola)
Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station
Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station (© Timo Kiukkola)
Façade detail, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station
Façade detail, Kruunuvuorenranta Waste Transfer Station (© Timo Kiukkola)