Strongly grounded in its site and surroundings, Spring looks towards the future and sets an example in carbon neutrality, sustainable growth and the possibilities of wood construction in a sensitive urban environment. Both urban and natural, it is strong but serene on the outside, while its interior and materiality evoke the dense but tranquil atmosphere of a Finnish forest. Its architecture embraces and elevates its surroundings, extending and reiterating the city’s grid and silhouette in harmony with the old. Through a powerful, but open and inviting gesture and presence, it re-activates its surroundings and the city’s waterfront.
Spring represents sustainable architecture in every meaning of the word: flexible structural solution capable of accommodating a range of different uses during the building’s lifespan, adaptable spatial organisation and carbon neutrality combined with form and materiality that is true to its values – architecture with a true human approach. It showcases carbon neutral construction with innovative and creative use of standard Stora Enso massive wood products and intelligent technical systems. Its spatial solutions allow a diverse and flexible interaction between people and the different functions of the building.
Inventive and inspiring, Spring represents dynamic and modern, but timeless and firm architecture that fits and elevates its surroundings while following biophilic design principles. The building and its formal solutions create a clear identity that stems from its historic urban context as much as a Nordic forest and relationship to nature. Spring offers proud and urban presence with the warmth, smell and feeling of a Nordic forest after the rain.
What has been said about the proposal:
A pretty nice building but above all, the only alternative from these entries.
Beautiful dialogue with Aalto’s architecture. The most pleasing for the environment when it comes to shape and colour. The columns surrounding the building make it airy and interesting.