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URBAN NATURE

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\\DATE 2018 \\LOCATION Helsinki, Finland \\TYPE Competition \\STATUS Ongoing \\TEAM MASS lab
Diogo Sousa Rocha
Duarte Ramalho Fontes
Lourenço Menezes Rodrigues
Lorenzo Mancini
Anita Bucci
Ilenia Andrian
Sophia Ros
Marta Figueira
URBAN NATURE

Abstract

Ever since standardization entered the realm of architecture, architecture has been a losing battle against boredom. This project is an attempt to find a way out. The idea is to create the maximum amount of delight with minimum number of elements. The typologies give rhythm to the plan and define the vertical connections, which are the core of “Urban Nature”.

How can architecture work in the way to make the space homogeneous with the urban realities?

“Urban Nature” sprang from the exigence to create continuity between the existent spaces and the future realities. Integration in the urban fabric is not enough, people are fundamental in the process.

Nature, Confort and Exposure

The scheme proposes a new type of architecture based on landscape qualities and a unique spatial setting resembling highland valleys and local forests vegetation. The project blends courtyard buildings, high-rise structures, row houses and apartment blocks into one new and unique development.

Urban Nature

“Urban Nature” proposes a new way of thinking the collective spaces: instead of separating completely the private and the common, it’s offered an integrated and mixed combination where the city flows inside “Urban Nature” until the terrace.

Building for Diversity

“Urban Nature” - the dense network of shared functions and activities - is framed by an exciting mix of housing typologies.

Sustainability and Construction System

The construction system of the building was thought in order to minimize the costs and to take the profit from the strong local industry.

Abstract

Ever since standardization entered the realm of architecture, architecture has been a losing battle against boredom. This project is an attempt to find a way out. The idea is to create the maximum amount of delight with minimum number of elements. The typologies give rhythm to the plan and define the vertical connections, which are the core of “Urban Nature”.

How can architecture work in the way to make the space homogeneous with the urban realities?

“Urban Nature” sprang from the exigence to create continuity between the existent spaces and the future realities. Integration in the urban fabric is not enough, people are fundamental in the process.

Nature, Confort and Exposure

The scheme proposes a new type of architecture based on landscape qualities and a unique spatial setting resembling highland valleys and local forests vegetation. The project blends courtyard buildings, high-rise structures, row houses and apartment blocks into one new and unique development.

Urban Nature

“Urban Nature” proposes a new way of thinking the collective spaces: instead of separating completely the private and the common, it’s offered an integrated and mixed combination where the city flows inside “Urban Nature” until the terrace.

Building for Diversity

“Urban Nature” – the dense network of shared functions and activities – is framed by an exciting mix of housing typologies.

Sustainability and Construction System

The construction system of the building was thought in order to minimize the costs and to take the profit from the strong local industry.