The oldest part of the University of Turku Student Village, the so-called ‘western village’ was built in 1968–1974. The architecture of the housing blocks is one of the finest examples of Constructivism in Finland. The student village was designed by architects Jan Söderlund and Erkki Valovirta.

The general plan of the village is based on a grid plan, popular in Finnish suburb planning since the 1960s Bengt Ludnsten’s Kortepohja plan in Jyväskylä. The pedestrian routes run through the housing blocks so that cars are not visible in the middle of the village.

The blocks of flats vary on their scale, and the monotonous architecture is accentuated with colourful panelling. The student village has expanded ever since, but the main features of the original village are still visible.

 

 

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Student Village in 1972, University of Turku Student Village
Student Village in 1972, University of Turku Student Village (© Elias Härö / NBA)
Street view, University of Turku Student Village
Street view, University of Turku Student Village (© Timo-Pekka Heima / NBA)
Street view, University of Turku Student Village
Street view, University of Turku Student Village (© Timo-Pekka Heima / NBA)
View from the courtyard of one of the housing blocks, University of Turku Student Village
View from the courtyard of one of the housing blocks, University of Turku Student Village (© Sándor Iskender / Wikimedia Commons)