REX architecture: sitra low2no sustainable development, finland
REX architecture: sitra   low2no sustainable development, finland REX architecture: sitra   low2no sustainable development, finland
oct 07, 2009

REX architecture: sitra low2no sustainable development, finland

sitra, the finnish innovation fund low2no sustainable development, helsinki, finland image courtesy REX architecture

american firm REX architecture received 2nd prize in the low2no sustainable development competition sponsored by sitra, the finnish innovation fund in helsinki, finland.

the structure contains 14 000m2 of residential units, 8000m2 of headquarters and 13 200m2 of ‘urban infill’.

image courtesy REX architecture

evolving from helsinki’s traditional perimeter block fabric, a new building typology re-injects population into the urban core, optimizing the city center’s underused infrastructure and amenities.

image courtesy REX architecture

although contrary to finland’s current self-image, widely distributed slender towers outperform all typological alternatives in nearly every imaginable, sustainable way. combining the best of suburbia (sun, air, views, and even soil) with the best of urbanism (population density and programmatic diversity), slender towers are the next evolutionary step in helsinki’s perimeter block typology, creating a new option for downtown living.

image courtesy REX architectureinstead of a narrow-minded focus on the energy performance of buildings, these tools are the basis of a comprehensive national strategy—rebuilding 2.0, that can put finland back into ecological balance.

‘the rebuilding’ is the application of rebuilding 2.0 at the scale of a single site, where key strategies can be tested for their application to, and replication within, the greater helsinki metropolitan area. designed to generate more density, more diversity, and more city.

image courtesy REX architecture

two slender residential towers totaling 14,000 m² replace finland’s conventional concrete construction with highly sustainable and recyclable steel construction, whose lateral stability is provided by an exoskeleton that enables easy plan reconfiguration and solar optimization.

image courtesy REX architecture image courtesy REX architecturecontrary to conventional construction methods, the residential towers’ façades are composed of a permanent mullion ‘chassis’ which supports interchangeable window and insulation cassettes that aid flexibility over time, and that can be easily maintained or replaced by new technologies.

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manually operable façade panels update the typical finnish exterior balcony. a simple mechanism common in minivans enables the operable panels to be opened horizontally. during summer, the open panels provide an identical experience to that of a typical finnish balcony. during winter, however, the operable panels can be kept closed, increasing usable interior area and solar gain while reducing thermal loss.

image courtesy REX architecturecohesion within the headquarters is fostered by concentrating collective spaces and circulation within a highly transparent courtyard, thereby promoting interaction and resource-sharing. image courtesy REX architecture

image courtesy REX architecture50,000 m3 (13,200 m²) of urban infill—a hybrid between a building and a development strategy—retains conceptual coherence, while fostering evolution and multiple authorship.

image courtesy REX architecture image courtesy REX architecture

by concentrating 22,000 m² of program 14 meters above grade into two slender residential towers unified by a two story office ring and allowing for an additional 13,200 m² of fine grain development to occupy the street level frontage, the rebuilding becomes a paradigm of density and diversity. image courtesy REX architecture

image courtesy REX architecture

image courtesy REX architecture

credits: client: sitra, the finnish innovation fund program: mixed-use sustainable development containing 14,000 m² of residential units, an 8,000 m² headquarters, and 13,200 m² of ‘urban infill’ area: 35,200 m² (378,900 sf) status: limited competition, second prize, 2009 architect REX | croxton collaborative | now key REX personnel: garrick ambrose, haviland argo, e. sean bailey, thomas baker, christopher barley, behrang behin, barrett brown, keith burns, wayne congar, juilanne gola, adam koogler, joshua prince-ramus, jacob reidel, troy therrien consultants:  2×4, arup new york, bureau bas smets, front, jonathan rose companies, magnusson klemencic, transsolar

  • why show the second prize? Is it better than the first? Or is it just because of REX?

    S.Itra says:
  • PS The website doesn’t mention a second prize to REX. Just the first prize to Arup.

    S.Itra says:
  • Tower’s energie need’s aren’t very sustainable…..second price is good for a mistake, isn’t it ?

    Fran says:
  • More fashions welcome go to visit[url=][/url%5D

    REX says:

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