Kaljama

Kaljama, a thick layer of ice on the floor.

Once the ice had disappeared, the sun warmed the earth and the first plants grew. With the plants came the animals; And with the animals the people. Therefore, the history of the human being began in Finland. In Finnish there are more than 50 words that refer to “snow” or to any type of frozen precipitation. This wide variety of definitions materialize concepts in a culture strongly linked to nature.

Kaljama is not an isolated project. Its logic belongs to a larger scale project that intensifies the link between the campus, the existing housing programs and the city. The project is not interested in demolishing but in revaluing the existing constructions. This is achieved by a spatial concentration of new hybrid architectures that allows a sharing of productive amenities, greater social interaction and knowledge accumulation that turns Kaijonharju and Linnanmaa into a whole and more complex productive district.

The preference for functional complexity and compactness, far from being translated into an opaque mass of built constructions, has led to the formation of a porous architecture made of lightness, patios and concrete. The anonymity of the façade borrows its language from monumental architectures, offers an expanded urban profile and a transition between the public and the private, the street and the living space. Each new building is organised by a public program that materialize in its patios and makes them distinctive and different from each other. Therefore, each building works as an independent centre but when working together they generate an active and systemic urban network. Eventually, the buildings become an architectural and urban experience where the user realizes the vast range of public and private gradients.

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