The City of Helsinki wants to make Vartiosaari into an energy efficient and ecological district prototype, which respects the surrounding nature. The aim of the competition was to find a novel residential concept and the jury awarded L Architects' proposal with a purchase.
"When you start to feel the proximity of the city, it is like coming home"
Our proposal presents a dense and down-town-like district, adapted to the islands natural landscape. The small-town-like milieu creates a safe and cozy environment. The core of the proposal is the interaction between people and the sense of community: the space between the buildings is for everyone, regardless of the means of transport. The shared space is brought to life by "activators": small functional places or spaces that bring people together. Common spaces and shared services are the heart of the residential buildings and the courtyards. The keynote for the project: Less distance – more common.