Albertinpiha Housing by JKMM Architects

coloured bricks animate the industrial style building

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JKMM have completed a new housing scheme called Albertinpiha in Jyväskylä, the largest city in central Finland known for its early and later period Alvar Aalto buildings. The scheme is in the Kangas quarter, a former paper mill area close to the city centre and is part of a 120 000m2 development of the area planned to house ca. 5000 people.

▼从Touru河岸看公寓楼全景,view of the building from the Touru River side


Albertinpiha is located on a prominent site at Kangas next to the 70 metre tall paper mill chimney and across the Touru River. JKMM’s seven storey brick tower block plays homage to the nineteenth century industrial buildings with its robust massing and forms. The Finnish aged Makasiini-brick is also in keeping with the crafted feeling and warmth of its historic context.

▼七层高的砖塔建筑带有19世纪工业建筑的风格,seven-storey brick tower block is in the style of the nineteenth century industrial buildings

▼立面采用了芬兰旧Makasiini砖,体现建筑历史工艺感与温暖感,the facade is used the Finnish aged Makasiini-brick keeping its crafted and warm feelings in the historical context

立面最突出的特征是利用彩色砖块形成的特殊图案来强调转角、入口和檐口,类似于立面上采用光影变化来突出空间的手法。这项名为“Abstraction”的艺术作品伫立在Kangas广阔的公共艺术环境中,是JKMM与艺术家Mika Natri合作完成的。“Abstraction”赋予建筑活力,并且让砖墙具有深度感,这与在砌块建筑中使用浮雕或凹槽的手法相同。公寓阳台激活了建筑东立面,让人想起裸露的工业电梯井,进一步强调了JKMM所追求的那种Kangas地区仓库的感觉。

▼阳台激活了建筑东立面,让人想起裸露的工业建筑电梯井,balconies animate the building’s east elevation and bring to mind exposed industrial lift shafts

▼彩色砖块强调建筑檐口、转角、入口,coloured bricks are used to highlight the roofline, corner and entrance

A distinctive feature in the elevations is the use of coloured bricks to highlight corners, the entrance and the roofline through informal patterns; akin to those achieved through a play of light on a surface. This artwork has been realised in collaboration with artist Mika Natri and is called “Abstraction”. It sits within a wider Kangas public art framework. As a piece “Abstraction” animates the building and gives the brickwork a sense of depth not unlike that achieved through reliefs or recesses in masonry buildings. The apartment balconies too animate the building’s East elevation and bring to mind exposed industrial lift shafts further emphasising the warehouse vernacular JKMM has sought at Albertinpiha.

▼彩色砖块为立面带来了深度感,the bricks bring a sense of depth on the facade

▼彩色砖细部,detail of the colour bricks


Inside, the 45 apartments have simple finishes with 2.6m ceiling heights accentuated through the design of high windows bringing in plentiful natural light. Communal areas include shared courtyards and a residents’ sauna with an adjoining terrace.

▼明净简单的公寓内部,simple and clean interior of the apartment

▼窗户外景象,the scene out of interior window


The objective has been to create a milieu for relaxed urban living walking distance from both Jyväskylä town centre and the nearby nature park. As a place to live, Kangas is very much a setting that mediates between the two without feeling suburban. The City itself refers to Kangas a “hybrid area” and has highlighted the importance of reducing residents’ car dependence. This is just one of the tenets of One Planet Living that inform the sustainability strategy for the development as a whole.

▼公寓楼夜景,night view of the building

▼场地平面,site plan



Location: Jyväskylä, Finland
Area: 2500 kem
Building programme: Basement ja 7 apartment floors with 45 apartments
Client: YIT
Dates: Commissioned 2015 – Completed 2018
JKMM project team
Juha Mäki-Jyllilä leading architect, architect SAFA, partner
Samuli Miettinen architect SAFA, partner
Teemu Kurkela architect SAFA, partner
Asmo Jaaksi architect SAFA, partner
Tuomo Toivola project architect, student of architecture
Elina Törmänen Interior architect SIO
Project parties
Property development consultant YIT Oy
Structural design Sweco rakennetekniikka Oy
HVAC engineering Sweco rakennetekniikka Oy
Electrical engineering Protacon Oy
Geo engineering Rambol Finland Oy
Artist Mika Natri

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