"The concept "Fokka," by Finnish architecture student Arto Ollila at Helsinki's Aalto University, is the winning concept in a student design competition held in 2011 among all architecture schools in Finland. The task was to design a new landmark building in the Koivusaari area, the most western part of Helsinki, using new and innovative steel structures. Koivusaari is one of the new areas currently under development in Helsinki, the World Design Capital 2012.
The competition is organized annually by Helsinki city planning office and steel product company Ruukki.
Project Description from the Designer:
Original idea by the city planning office had several different towers for different functions. “Fokka” mixes these functions and proposes a new dense and hybrid city block. Lower floors are open plans with multi-purpose spaces. Apartments and hotel are located on top of the retail and cultural podium. Building is directly connected to the public transport system of Helsinki..." to find out more...