Architect
Lasse Vahtera Ulla Vahtera
Completion
1999
Category
Commercial buildings
Tags
infill wood

The old wooden storehouses for the market goods form an impressive building group, and are an integral part of the square’s history. The Market Square and its surroundings were developed in the turn of the Millennium, and a new wooden storehouse was built in the middle of the old storehouses. 

In this project, a building for a public lavatory, a service facility for market vendors, and the distribution point and meters for mechanical and electrical services for all the other outbuildings. The new building was also to function as a temporary utility space for the near-by marina. 

The new building was designed to be compatible with the old milieu. The design follows the original form and scale of the existing outbuildings. The building material is wood and construction work was carried out on-site. The building method was based on simple constructivist principles utilising traditional builgin components – including spars, beams, planks, bolted joints, metal arrises, steel details, etc. The colouring differs from the red ochre of the other buildings; the weather-resistant, steel grey translucent coating is a reference to the method of construction.

Source: Finnish Architectural Review 6/1999

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Images

Southeast façade, Oulu Market Square Wooden Storehouse
Southeast façade, Oulu Market Square Wooden Storehouse (© Ilpo Okkonen / MFA)
Detail of the façade, Oulu Market Square Wooden Storehouse
Detail of the façade, Oulu Market Square Wooden Storehouse (© Ilpo Okkonen / MFA)
Staircase, Oulu Market Square Wooden Storehouse
Staircase, Oulu Market Square Wooden Storehouse (© Ilpo Okkonen / MFA)
Section drawing, Oulu Market Square Wooden Storehouse
Section drawing, Oulu Market Square Wooden Storehouse (© Ulla & Lasse Vahtera / MFA)

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