The apartment buildings with timeless architecture and appearance were completed in Espoo at the start of 2017 and are designed for small families and couples. There are a total of 115 apartments, ranging in size between 29.5 m2 and 68 m2. For additional comfort, a shared recreation area, a carpark, laundry facilities in the basement and a sauna facility in the upper floors of the building are available to the residents.
A sustainable life cycle was a key principle in the planning
The planning and design process was focused on creating high-quality, long-lasting and affordable apartment blocks. The façade around the ground floor consists of Belgian black brick – a material with an exceptionally long and flat form. The lightweight render on the upper storeys was applied over eco-bricks produced at the local factory, partially out of recycled clay and bricks.
“As a developer, we greatly value timeless architecture that harmonises with our objective of sustainable . We avoid materials with high maintenance costs in our building projects. For this reason, the façades that we build consist largely of brickwork. This also ensures good noise insulation, which is important for the residents,” explains Pirjo Räihä, Construction Manager of Espoon Asunnot.
A structure with individual character
Architecturally, Magneettikatu 14 evokes a functionalistic timelessness that is further emphasised by the selection of subdued colours. The brickwork makes it possible to build curved shapes – such as the wave-like curve of the central building. According to the architect Veikko Mäkipaja, every apartment block deserves its own distinctive character and individual features. At the same time, the needs of the residents must be taken into account in the architecture. Magneettikatu 14 is set apart from conventional residential buildings by its sophisticated design and construction.
The complex received a number of awards in 2017 shortly after its completion, including the National Sustainable Stone House Award and the honorary award from the city of Espoo as best residential complex. The feedback from residents is also consistently positive. “Made of good, long-lasting materials, the building will also retain its technical value for a long time. Brick is the logical choice of material for façades if a long service life and low maintenance costs are the goals,” says Mäkipaja.
Project nameMagneettikatu 14 rental flat complex, Espoo, Finland
ArchitectHannunkari & Mäkipaja Architects
Waterstruck Special Zwart
Year of completion2017