Seaside Residence for Katajanokka
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This work represents my intention to think through the residential design agenda and focus on contemporary seaside residence. The project proposes a place- and time-specific design of a new housing area with a response to the nowadays urban lifestyle. Living in the city by the sea is a statement guiding the project. The aim of the design is to illustrate the possibility to expand the city. The design approach of the project is to ensure a variety and relevance of the apartment solutions, establish a neighborhood and support the urban lifestyle. Specific yet neutral shared and public spaces as a continuation of the living space, emphasizing and taking in use the picturesque location of the site. Since the development of the Katajanokka shore line is going towards lively public cityscape and the location of the site is right next to the city center, I propose a living environment supplied with attractive shared spaces. The area is targeted for residents who wish to live in the heart of the capital and apply for convenient services as well as spaces for free time and creativity. Nevertheless, the location of the site is somehow on the periphery, that makes me consider the family oriented tenants as well and adapt the design for a hasteless living. The focus is on the middle-sized studios with an excellent orientation and thoughtful layout. The other apartment solutions vary from spacious family apartments to extra-efficient serviced micro accommodations which can be considered as a second home or as a short-term primary residence. The thesis includes overview of trends in city’s development, site analysis and design proposal illustrating a solution for site arrangement, housing blocks and variety of apartments. The project shows my vision of how Katajanokka may grow and what kind of architectural language can express its pleasant location by the sea.