The Wooden Urban Village of Myllypuro

Competition entry housing in Helsinki, Finnland, 2003

The subject of the architectural competition “The wooden urban village of Myllypuro” in Helsinki, Finland, is part of the Modern Wooden Town, a nationwide umbrella project whose objective is to use wooden construction to create residential environments. Beautiful rocks, woodland and natural waterbeds are an asset , close to the town centre. As much as possible of this character should be preserved. The Land is left as given and the buildings place themselves carefully on stilts within the landscape. The subject of the architectural competition “The wooden urban village of Myllypuro” in Helsinki, Finland, is part of the Modern Wooden Town, a nationwide umbrella project whose objective is to use wooden construction to create residential environments. Beautiful rocks, woodland and natural waterbeds are an asset , close to the town centre. As much as possible of this character should be preserved. The Land is left as given and the buildings place themselves carefully on stilts within the landscape.

The one room planning principle applies a single room size for all required functions. This means using a limited kit of parts, allowing maximum flexibility for initial and future use.The one room is based on a wooden construction grid of 62,5cm. The internal dimensions are 3,75 x 5m. The one room planning system is optimised for prefabricated construction. Each house is based on the same system and can be produced in a systemised way. This also allows for later additions and can be dismantled to be recycled as housing. Single concrete foundations are the base for the wooden columns upon which the building is placed. The span between the columns doesn’t exceed 5m. The good thermal qualities of wood construction frees the planing and allows loadbearing structures to stand free.

The façades are clad with vertical timber boarding. Impregnated, it retains its natural colouring and structure.