The end result: unique apartments
The spirit of an old building has been preserved in this thoroughly renovated and modernised building. We strived to keep as much of the original detailing as possible. If repairing the old was impossible, we made the same from scratch. The whole of Kruunuvuorenkatu street facade is new, from oak window frames to copper-plated bay windows, with modern materials featuring sparsely, just enough to subtly highlight the new entrances.
Several new elements were added to the courtyard facade: new balconies, which railings echo the building’s original ironwork; corten steel-plated fire escape stairwells and apartment balconies’ partition walls, as well as beautifully detailed corten steel latticework covering the ventilation units .
A part of HVAC machine room was moved from attic to the basement, thus gaining more room to design loft apartments. The top floor was rebuilt completely in order to add luxury lofts, some of them in two levels. Residents’ sauna with its own terrace is also on the top floor, while the residents’ “club” is on the ground floor, a communal space for parties, meetings and cookouts.
The renovated building, with its modern lighting and terraces, has also markedly rejuvenated the look of whole neighbourhood. The Katajanokka smokestack, a landmark of the whole area, was also appropriately lighted.
“The appearance of whole of Katajanokka has completely changed as its landmark building has been given a new lease on life.” concluded Robert Trapp.