Architect
Pekka Pitkänen
Completion
1963
Category
Residential buildings
Tags
block of flats brick Modernism

Wilenia housing co-operative of three six-storey buildings with four lamellas was built in 1962–1963 around the Läntinen Rantakatu 21 housing co-operative (1948-1952), designed by architect Erik Bryggman. Bryggman had made a redevelopment plan for the whole block but his death in 1955 cut it short.

Architect Pekka Pitkänen made an adjusted version of Bryggman’s plan, representing new ideas of a housing development. One of the major changes was to open a view from Linnankatu street to the river Aura. In many ways Wilenia represents the same ideas that Pekka Pitkänen developed in the Carenia & Linnankatu 8 housing complex, based on the ideas of Le Corbusier´s Unité D’Habitation. Carenia and Linnankatu 8 were completed in 1962, Wilenia in 1963.

Wilenia had a favourable location along the river. Large part of the apartments were four to five room apartments, which were all equipped with open stoves. In addition, there were studios and two room apartments for renting. In A-B building, there are also 73 m2 and 81 m2 three rooms and kitchen apartments. With the exception of the 31 m2 studios in D block all apartments have views to the river and all apartments over 50 m2 have a balcony.

The large apartments are clearly intended for representative city living. They have a space to entertain the guests and a more private side with connections to the bathroom and the kitchen. The largest apartments have two-room suites of living room and a separate dining room, library or guest room.

The buildings are cast in concrete on site. The facades are in white brick, ceramic plate and teak screens. The builder of the development was Urakoitsijat Oy.

Text: Mikko Laaksonen

Location

Läntinen Rantakatu 19, Turku
60.4479584, 22.2656208

Images

Wilenia photographed from the opposite side of the river Aura, Wilenia Housing
Wilenia photographed from the opposite side of the river Aura, Wilenia Housing (© Mikko Laaksonen)
Wilenia photographed from Läntinen Rantakatu street, Wilenia Housing
Wilenia photographed from Läntinen Rantakatu street, Wilenia Housing (© Mikko Laaksonen)
Wilenia photographed from the opposite side of the river Aura in the 1960s, Wilenia Housing
Wilenia photographed from the opposite side of the river Aura in the 1960s, Wilenia Housing (© Ola Laiho)
Scale model, Wilenia Housing
Scale model, Wilenia Housing (© MFA)
Perspective drawing, Wilenia Housing
Perspective drawing, Wilenia Housing (© Urakoitsijat Oy)
Original drawing, Wilenia Housing
Original drawing, Wilenia Housing (© Turku City Archive)
Original drawing, Wilenia Housing
Original drawing, Wilenia Housing (© Turku City Archive)