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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Nordic Architecture Finland

important projects of different sizes. After all, their dedication is equally strong when designing a barn in a field as when drawing up a part of the capital. But there is more to come: during the past few years Serum architects have been steadily building trust in their talents also in the Helsinki region. Now they design for some of the most visible spots in Helsinki. Serum won the competition to design the prominent new Kruunuvuorenranta area by the sea and have been chosen to design an urban infill plan for the northern part of Pikku-Huopalahti. Arriving from the north, this is the first sight of the Helsinki silhouette – the gate to the city. The northern part of Pikku-Huopalahti, a new entrance to Helsinki, will be full of vibrant city life in the near future.

A good example of this is in Vaasa on the Finnish west coast, where they have been part of the team designing the large apartment block Kompassi. The building is designed to maximise the natural light shed on the round courtyard by making the sunny side of the building complex lower, something that has also proved a clever way of giving more apartments a sea view, while at the same time protecting the courtyard from cold sea winds. No matter how much you like the Mediterranean way of outdoor living, it is not possible in an Arctic climate. “But with good design we can create outdoor spaces that are useable for a longer time than just during the short summer season,” Lehto says.

the unique solution, which is a part of a greater context – landscape, environment, culture and society, for each assignment,” says Humalisto, adding: “A landscape architect is an integral part of our design team, responsible for analysing the landscape and creating unique design.” Having a landscape architect in their team right from the start has proved to be one of the studio´s strengths. First we take Helsinki The young architects are happy they have already had the opportunity to work on

No wonder the Serum talents have been noticed internationally. Serum has on-going projects in other Scandinavian countries and there has been interest in their sustainable, organic designs as far afield as in China. “We´d have a lot to give, especially in the urban planning sector,” says Lehto. Remember their names – chances are we are going to see much from them in the future.

For more information, please visit: www.serum.fi

The challenging landscape has also been a starting point at the Lamminrahka project in Kangasala. Serum architects have worked hard to balance the urban and the delicate ecological networks, as well as integrating traffic and services already in the early design phase. Sometimes the architects studied the terrain by skies, foot and bicycles. “For us, it is essential to find TOP RIGHT: Kalajoki Holiday Resort in western Finland blends into the natural setting. BOTTOM LEFT: The Lamminrahka area combines urban and natural networks to create something new in a suburban setting in Finland – a socially sustainable city with active streetscapes and accessible public transportation. RIGHT: The office’s staff are outdoor people. The Serum team enjoying a canoeing trip in the archipelago of Helsinki in Spring 2014.

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Scan Magazine | Issue 69 | October 2014  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with actress Signe Egholm Olsen.

Scan Magazine | Issue 69 | October 2014  

Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with actress Signe Egholm Olsen.