Plan for a socially and ecologically sustainable new neighbourhood in Mölymäki in proximity to the city centre of Kuopio, Finland

Competition 2015, honorary mention

Studio Puisto Architects: Mikko Jakonen, Emma Johansson, Sampsa Palva, Heikki Riitahuhta, Willem van Bolderen, Pauliina Kujala

Una città visibile – a visible city is a proposal for the open architecture competition for the Mölymäki area in Kuopio that creates a strong, distinctive character to the area by suggesting diverse housing solutions. The new face of the area creates a continuation to the existing buildings, simultaneously making the area more small-scale, more humane, a recognizable entity that highlights the values of living and being. The playful roofs and city blocks create a distinctive appearance that permits and endures a building process realized in parts and phases. The courtyards of the city blocks house small villa apartment buildings that combine the comfort of an apartment block with the proximity to nature of a detached house.

Everything is at a close distance in the area and thus easily accessible. The diversity and possibilities of living and being give a character to the series of courtyards that also function as an outside living room for the people living close by.

The parking of the new area is mostly situated in a subterrain car park underneath the area. Direct exits from the parking area can be arranged into the apartment buildings and alongside the pedestrian routes in the central parts of the courtyards. The bus connection is in close proximity to the services and main routes of the area. The proposal highlights the importance of routes and connections: moving inside the area should be easy and comfortable, encouraging people to move around by foot or by bike. The housing blocks and the garden areas of the proposal form a series of spaces for doing things together.

Una città visibile is a hill glowing in the cityscape, but also something that makes the inhabitant feel, live and experience the city in a new way.


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