Living in nature

  • Location: Turku
  • Client: Reale Oy
  • Program: Housing
  • Size: 15000 m2
  • Year: 2020
  • Status: 1st prize in a two-phase competition, design on-going
  • Collaborators: MASU Planning
  • Team: Ted Schauman, Jonas Nordgren, Kristian Kontula, Lasse Vejlgård Kristensen, Moritz Schineis, Tymon Wolender, Emanuele Biscaro, Paulina Schroeder, Markus Gustafsson
The 1st prized proposal is based on creating diverse living conditions with proximity to nature, well-being, and community.

Vision

The “Living in nature” project proposes to develop a former elderly home site into a new 15.000 m2 housing neighborhood. The site is located on top of a hill, in the middle of the forest, only 2km from the city center of Turku. The vision of the winning proposal is based on creating diverse living conditions with proximity to nature, well-being, and a strong sense of community. In today’s, busy and fast society, we see a demand in re-introducing quietness and nature into people’s everyday lives.

The forest introduces a natural, lively, and seasonally changing framework for the community to interact with.

The landscape and natural values of the area provide a strong, distinctive starting point for the plan. The old elderly home is surrounded by a significant landscape of pine forest and ancient natural rock formations. The housing block has a minimal footprint in order to preserve nature and build on the site around the existing buildings. The forest introduces a natural, lively, and seasonally changing framework for the community to interact with.

The functions vary from workshops, a gym, a library, a kid's room, allotment gardens, a sauna, and spa facilities.

The identity of the block is based on creating a neighborhood with versatile common spaces and activities for the inhabitants. The common spaces invite the inhabitants to interact and strengthen their sense of community. The functions vary from workshops, a gym, a library, a kid’s room, allotment gardens, a sauna, and spa facilities.

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