SHINING WHITE BRICK MEETS ROCK SURFACE
The appearance of the Community Centre varies depending on the direction from which you are approaching the building. The main entrance opens to Harjannetie, the street which gathers most of the residential houses into the homey neighbourhood with a lot of families living there. On the street side the building clearly stands out because of its contemporary façade. It is cladded with bright white bricks, giving the building a harmonious and modern look. A different look with wood cladding and plaster was chosen for the inner yard façade, which has an entrance to the day care centre.
In the planning process as well as during the construction work, the aim was to keep the surrounding landscape with its nearby bold rock surfaces as undisturbed as possible. Like the whole building, the outdoor playground areas follow the shape of the natural terrain offering versatile spaces to be utilized in daily functions. The school rooms include facilities for inside sports, a small library and a lunchroom.
EFFICIENT USE OF SOLAR ENERGY
Sustainability has been one of the key requirements in planning and execution. The building materials were chosen based on durability and low maintenance needs in order to minimize the life-cycle costs. The hillside solution and versatile forms of roofing offered a possibility to assemble solar panels for saving energy and natural resources. On southern and western sides of the building the windows have sun protection glass for reducing the need of indoor cooling.
BRICK INSTEAD OF PLASTER
The objective of the new building was to create a look with bricks which has a similar appearance compared to a plastered surface. The retro texture of the brick was chosen because of the lively appearance, matching the energy of the kids learning and playing inside. The snow-white mortar with rough masonry complements the brick perfectly.
Project nameViikinmäki Community Centre, Helsinki, Finland
ArchitectArkkitehdit Frondelius Keppo Salmenperä
Terca Superwhite Retro
Year of completion2014