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White Arkitekter Design for Stora Enso Office in Helsinki

Infra News - Published on Mon, 06 Jul 2020

Image Source: White Arkitekter Stora Enso
White Arkitekter, which submitted a proposal in the competition to design Stora Enso’s new office and a hotel in Katajanokka in Helsinki, announced that it didn’t win the competition, won by Anttinen Oiva Architects. White Arkitekter’s design was a showcase for carbon neutral timber construction with a robust grid offering flexibility of use and configuration over the building’s life span. With many entrances and an open ground floor, the building activates the surrounding streets and newly accessible waterfront to create a public destination. The seafront is designed for social events white strengthening biodiversity, ecosystems services and storm water resiliency.

A low scale towards the water respectfully blends in with the existing harbor, while the silhouette slightly curves to reveal a forest planted at the heart of the building, where Stora Enso’s office and the new hotel come together. The forest plays an active role to create a healthy environment in the building and embodies Silmu and the strong connection between Nordic people and their forests.

With a biophilic approach, a series of green spaces with strong identities based on the history of the harbour, the nature of the archipelago and renewable materials are integrating the building with the city of Helsinki.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 06 Jul 2020
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