The seniors’ centre is located in the centre of Pukkila, 100 km from Helsinki in southern Finland. The design by the studios of Arkkitehtitoimisto L&M Sievanen Oy won a competition held in 2004 when the legacy left by a citizen, Onni Nurmi, to whom the centre is dedicated, made it possible to build it.
Seniors are involved in a variety of group and individual activities at the centre, and so the structure had to be extremely flexible to permit rooms to be adapted to a variety of different functions, with no architectural barriers. The designers used wood as their main construction material and used colour to create an attractive environment for the centre's guests. The heart of the composition is the common room and bar-coffee shop, a space two floors high with large windows on the upper part overlooking the garden, where the centre’s residents meet with the town’s citizens.
The complex also includes seniors’ residences, rehabilitation facilities and a swimming pool; different functions are located in various buildings linked to the main one via glass corridors which become wooden shelters on the outside.The entire complex is set up to be like a village with a big central square.
(by Agnese Bifulco)
Design: Arkkitehtitoimisto L&MSievanen Oy
Photographs: Arkkitehtitoimisto L&M Sievanen Oy
Location: Pukkila, Finland