EcoCity

Professional Architectural Competition Project
Architectural Office Petri Pussinen Oy, Finland
Design team: Petri Pussinen, Tommi Kuikka, Timo Jyrinki, Vesa Helminen
Summer 2015

Sustainable concept in this proposal is based on designing for People, Nature and the Future. All plans receive their power from nature entering the area from both ends. This natural form continues through the areas creating interesting spaces. The nature connects to the buildings with green walls and roofs that function as energy saving features.

 

Buildings are orientated so that as much daylight as possible is available for the apartments and passive heating and cool- ing work properly. Traffic in the areas circulates through a green parkway. It is up to the apartment buildings to decide how much parking space they want to provide. Approach can be from totally car free environment to ~50% parking space provided. The width of the parkways vary creating space for playground, event or even market space use. Grass and tile combined in the park- way pavement and the varying width naturally slows down car speeds to make the environment safe for pedestrians. 

Using lots of plants and water features creates cool microcli- mates during hot summer season. Almost all of the existing trees can be saved. Urban farming enables people to grow some of their own food and flowers. Ground levels are leaved untouched. 

 

Buildings will be built out of locally produced construction ma- terials. All waste including construction waste is recycled and reused as much as possible. Biowaste will be processed and used at the urban farming sites. Garbage bins are underground installed bins. Renewable energy sources such as solar power are the main sources of energy.

 

Important part of creating sustainable cities is to think about the lifespan of the design. The buildings in this plan will adapt to the future needs very easily. The wooden column-beam struc- ture makes is easy to reorganize the spaces for even a totally different use in the future with low costs and emissions. 

 

 

The first floor in all buildings is 4 meters high. It can be used in many different purposes from apartments to shops, rentable workspace, cafés, storage or even parking. Creating possibility for people to work and consume right where they live makes a great positive ecological and economical impact.

 

The flexible first floor concept makes it possible for the neigh- borhood to gradually move towards more and more sustain- able living. There are a lot of social areas in and outside of the buildings to get people networking and sharing ideas together. Apartments benefit from large amounts natural light. Floor plans are spacious. The balcony is connected to the interior space with glass wall that can be opened to create additional living room space. Apartments are connected together with a large social stairwell space where people can interact with each other. It is a lounge like “second livingroom” space with chairs, sofas and workspace. Lounge space is then connected to more public outdoor area that connects the building to the site.

 

In area D4 there is a center for recycling and exchanging used products and materials. People are encouraged to organize yardsales, fleamarkets and similar activities.