Communal spirit needs community. The construction itself forms the framework within which different communities can take shape and grow. Because of this, a long-term conversion flexibility and easy and natural use of the premises have been taken into account when designing both housing and common areas. The common areas are mainly located on the ground level, but thanks to the flexible structure, they could also be above ground, if desired. Contrary to the town zoning plan, the yard sauna is located along the Keltasafiiripolku Path. This has enabled the creation of a larger, undivided residents’ courtyard and a clear functional bordering of the block’s yard. The courtyard sauna together with its its common areas form a more public surface for the Keltasafiiripolku Path than just amere courtyard building. In the yard, in front of the sauna, lies “The Circle”. In the spirit of the Urban Art theme, the yard is a solution by environmental art. In The Circle, one plays, eat, meet, cry and fall in love. The large courtyard becomes a green oasis as an integral part of the block, as a counterpart to the activity/sport courtyard of the block adjacent to it.
Sustainable construction is comfortable, time-resistant and flexible. The buildings in the competition area form an endlessly flexible frame of transformation, a “house game”, if you will, that lives and changes through time and the residents that live in it. All the apartments can be connected to each other. In the long run, the frame of the building thus allows for variable housing divisions as well as housing typologies. Ground level spaces at the yard side may be either a living- or communal space. The common areas may be club rooms as well as, for example, co-working spaces or guest rooms for friends and relatives who came to visit. The part on Keimolantie Street’s side is a high retail space with a possibility of loft creation. The living space of tomorrow includes both service and opportunity for change! Not a rental apartment or owned apartment, but a whole service package. The buildings that are being built now should be able to serve communities and entities a hundred years from now.