Jyväskylä World Towers Housing

JKMM Kalevanpoika and Maailmapylväs by Mika Huisman
Type: Competition 1st Prize
Location: Jyväskylä, Finland
Status: Completed - 2014, Completed - 2019
Scale: 4600 m2, 5300 m2
Client: YIT
Housing

The statuesque towers are framing Päijänne lake shore in Äijälänranta, Jyväskylä about two kilometres from the city centre across the lake Päijänne. Commission for the composition came through a competition held in 2011 with the entry ‘Moai’.

First of the towers, Jyväskylän Maailmanpylväs Ltd. was completed in 2014 as part of the housing fair of Äijälänranta in the summer of 2014. Kalevanpoika Ltd., the second of the Jyväskylä towers, is completed in summer 2019.

The setting of the towers is designed to maximise the views from both of the buildings. The large terraces open towards west and beautiful sunset over the lake.

The architecture consists of prefabricated facade elements. On the firts tower, the elements are black and white and white and reddish brown in the second one.

In the white parts the seams of the elements are left exposed and exaggurated by excessive cut grooves within, extending across multiple floors, thus using the nature of pre-fabrication as a theme. The deep, cantilevered balconies in the upper floors are covered in wood, giving character to the facade facing the lake.

JKMM Kalevanpoika and Maailmanpylväs by Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman
JKMM Kalevanpoika and Maailmanpylväs by Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman
JKMM Kalevanpoika and Maailmanpylväs by Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman
JKMM Kalevanpoika and Maailmanpylväs by Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman
JKMM Kalevanpoika and Maailmanpylväs by Mika Huisman
© Mika Huisman