urbanism, Järvenpää

    Urbanism in Finland seemsnecessary but, what kind of urban project is feasible in a pictures que agricultural landscape with the strong presence of the Tuusulanjärvi Lake?

    With the belief that every place should be seen as a landscape, either natural or artificial, the proposal considers the landscape no longer as a neutral background in which artificial architectonic objects are placed. Architecture, infrastructure and services are going to integrate all the natural elements and utilizing them indefining a new urban area creating a new landscape in which the boundaries between artificial and natural are blurred.

    The landscape is becoming artificial!
    Finland is a country with many lakes in which water and land live together in harmony. Its structure naturally encompasses the two elements in keeping with the landscape creating the fascinating Lake District which makes Finlandunique in the world. Googling Finland; zooming; and zooming again, water seems to be at one with the land in a fractal structure where autosimilarity conditions are repeated continuously.

    What if we repeat this fractal structure on our site? 
    Our proposal is to form a territory of co-existence between nature and artificiality.
    At the same time it incorporates all the natural conditions geometric, topographic and construction aspects, searching for an environmental sustainability and a formal complexity which reacts to the new values of our society. 

    The proposal is inspired from the interpretation of the basic elements of the site, the water, the field, the trees and from their organization and transformation in urban strips.
    These unconventional strips generate a complex bundling of waterways, housing, landscape and land-water management.
    Instead of a deterministic geometric law, this growing pattern has the force of a system of variable relations, of a flexible tissue that manages and adapts itself, but also imposes and changes according to the external conditions. It allows formal coherence, and it is able to configure singularities, variations or declinations.  

    The new urban configuration is structured by a flexible system of strip lagoons and canals that constitute the principal landscape element  on which all the housing typologies and services depend.

    Underpinning the structure of the site is the development of eco-formations. These creations of land manipulation consider the requirements of promoting residential ecology with services, leisure and park amenities. The eco-formations are environmentally friendly and function through waterterracing and an informality of leisure space through a substantial wetlands network.

    Water Lagoons
    The central theme of our proposal forms a series of waterscape systems within the site. Taking account of strategic site levels and the need for an urban ecology, water-terracing systems are used to form a systematic structure for implementation.
    The strategy of generating landscape starts with a unit, a strip cell, organized to channel and purify water to be used on our urban site before ending in the Tuusulanjärvi lake. 

    The lagoon strips pattern is cut out from the ground, it then catches the close waterlevel and creates a water system which channels and naturally treats the rainwater coming from roofs and courtyards.
    These terracing elements acting as the surface water treatment system, give visual and dynamic clarity as to the identity of Järvenpää.
    The purified water drains towards the Lagoons and contributes to the improvement of watersurface and therefore the Lake.  

    The improvement of environmental conditions is essential for the implementation of the project. The construction of the site and the recycling and sporting use of its waters entails the need for a comprehensive treatment for them to improve the quality of its use. 

    The urban construction is the result of the addition of these strip units differentiated by the program, weaving a body through infrastructure catchments, treatment and draining of water and other infrastructure in overlaying uses etc.
    The logic of the movement of water by gravity creates and changes original topographies on a cellular and global scale.

    SUSTAINABILITY - zero carbon footprint 
    Minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by enhancing efficiency and moderation in the use of materials and energy is one of our principle objectives. 

    The eight fiord lagoons are conceived not only as part of the natural landscape but also an engineered eco-system.
    The vision of the Järvenpää site is to create a complex that is entirely independent of external resources. It could be a model of future urban development in Finland. Using the wind, water and sun as natural resources, this residential area will produce the same amount of energy as it consumes.
    The construction itself is built respecting energy reduction and studying bio-climatic solutions using materials from Finland such as wood and glass which can be easily recycled.
    This is why we believe that the promotion of public transport and electric cars as well as bicycles is a fundamental part of this proposal in order to reduce the need for carbon-based traffic. 

    Architectural quality:
    The new outlook of the site depends on the strong relation between the landscape and the architectonic settlement. The system of generation allows different varieties of typologies and at the same time formal coherence. The architecture was planned in such way that it could let people be in a close relationship with nature and the landscape, promoting a comfortable, free and secure lifestyle.  

    Phototropism - theorientation of the houses is determined by the direction of the light source. All the houses are oriented to the south. 

    Houses are protected from the wind that blows from south-west,  by a barrier of trees, which is situated 3-9 m away from the house border. This distance is enough to let the sun come inside the house and at the same time to protect the architecture from strong wind.
    The courtyards remind the flexible cells, which absorb the variation between the canal and the road. That allows the direct access from one side to the garage and from the opposite side where the canal with a private coastal zone is, the inhabitants could enjoy their privacy and intimacy with nature. Two other borders of the courtyard have fences, which are used as protection and also, if necessary, asservice-wall where placing additional premises, such as: sauna, storage area etc.