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Student-Designed Fokka Pyramid is a Landmark Indoor Park for Helsinki

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On July 4, 2012 @ 1:35 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery | No Comments

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Each year the Helsinki city planning office and Ruukki hold a design competition for a new and innovative building made from steel. This year’s design called for a mixed-use development that combines office, residential and hotel facilities in the Koivusaari area, the most western part of Helsinki. Arto Ollila [1] proposed the winning concept, which rises like a mountain and encases all the programs within a glass and steel outer shell. The lower floors hold space for retail, commercial and office facilities, while the upper floors hold the hotel and residential units.

Situated in a dense urban area, Fokka is sited conveniently next to a stop for Helsinki’s public transport system. Ollila designed a large indoor urban park that connects all of the programatic elements together under one roof. The glass shell is optimized to allow for natural daylighting [2] without overheating the interior and integrated solar panels generate power for the project. With a focus on sustainable design, Fokka could become not only a recognizable landmark for the city, but also a model for future development.

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[1] Arto Ollila: http://artoollila.fi/

[2] natural daylighting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylighting

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