The Ideas and Goals of the Design
The building is located in the middle of the red-brick Otaniemi and the diversely shaped buildings of Keilaranta. This first construction phase of a set of three buildings was completed in 2012. (Architect Bror Söderman) and stylistically follows the so-called “Life Science Center” architecture at the Karhusaaentie Road southern part.
The design’s main theme is to form a natural link between the buildings and the brick architecture of the Otaniemi University area and the office buildings of Keilaranta. Red brick of Otaniemi and light-coloured concrete surface of the 1st phase and of Life Science Center have been used as materials, thus combining the materials of both areas.
We have introduced Corten steel into the palette. Corten steel sail-like facade cladding on the west facade, bricked-in-place red-brown tile-clad ends and polished white concrete sandwich elements with their own graphic pattern create unifying motifs with the surrounding building base and give it its own distinctive look. Talking about the positioning of built volumes, the darker Corten/brick part is used for parts higher than the top floor as if it were the building’s retaining wall that connects to the lower, polished, printed white concrete, thus creating a clear and distinctive look for the building.
The goal was also to complement the area’s traffic connection to the planned light transit corridor, to Valokeila, as well as to public transport services, Raidejokeri, Keilaniemi metro station and Karhusaari bus stops. A dedicated bicycle ramp connection to the bicycle warehouse located on the K1 level has been planned. From Karhusaarentie road, a pedestrian connection is planned between the hotel and the office building directly from the terraces on the 1st floor to the restaurant. A direct connection from Valokeila to the main entrance is planned. By joining the surrounding road network, the existing urban space will be improved upon and enlivened.