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Many Generations Community House - Community house and accessible housing in Lauttasaari


Laura Nenonen


F5. Designing for generations

Date and Time

2014-06-18, 12:30 - 12:50


MA 7

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>> So welcome to this session about designing for generations. There’s going to be four speakers here and here’s the first one, Laura who is going to speak about many generations, community house and accessible housing in Lauttasaari.
>> Thank you. So my name is Laura and I come from the University from the department of architecture but I’m doing my master’s thesis for another University.
Community house is my model basis and it’s a design process that consists of community house that’s accessible and appropriate for all aging groups.
A community house provides to create homes of their own. The project is related to this project in which I’m working as an assistant with the project manager. The service for such project consists of three separate projects in different departments. The project is coordinated by the department of architecture so it’s focusing on the accessibility and reach ability of services in the area from the perspective of the elderly residents. The study is done in collaboration with the department of social services and healthcare and the department of economic developmental and the city of housing. And the project is funded by the broker. In the end of 2011, plus 89.6. The goal of the case study is structure promoting independence. It’s private, public and services a lot of this is a neighborhood with la large population with 18 percent of inhabits being over 65 years old. Okay, so we’re taking a break. This is well connected to the traffic network. This continue us to house the city center. A strong will to defend the uniqueness. Mostly of old houses. The church and the library are very popular meeting places for old friends.
Also, three major super markets are very close to the project site. The idea of the community house is to provide only services that are missing from the area that the residents have to move outside of the development. There are services that are close so you can see the super market is here, here, and here and there’s also going to be a day care center here and there are private facilities in the near by area and the road marked by peach is going to be a pedestrian route to the metro station that the city is going to maintain.
There’s also going to be a route that’s going to go past the site and it’s going to also leave the metro station. The program of the many generations, community house is based on the feedback and done by the residents of Lauttasaari during. There’s two in which the letter is focused to hold from architecture. This list is all that they wanted to have in the many generations community house. The biggest need whenever charged with the residents seems to be a place where the residents could go any time during the day without timetables. The other wishes that are included in the community house, for example, restaurant, caretaker, swimming pool, parking, private home care, benches, joint activities, cafe, living room, entrance, and care.
From the housing, there’s the possibility to living in the same apartments the rest of their lives. The research group also indicated that the city of of Lauttasaari which is one of the best the worse qualities is poor acoustics for installation and it also had to do with the lack of elevators or the poor condition of the property.
And about the design of the project. The basis of the design of the procorrect is inaccessibility, adapt ability and sustainability. It has been designed to be empirical and the construction is placed on good elements and good services inside and outside of the billing. It brings the atmosphere the good building material also creates an awesome indoor.
Here you have a section of the program of the building. The community center is in the first floor of the building. The apartments are situated on top of the functions from the first floor. The main entrance to the common center is from the middle of the building and it’s leading straight to the lavatory and there’s two staircases leading to the apartments on each side of the building.
The main entrance is from the side of the building and this is where the residents of the community center can get in. Straight from the entrance, you can see the inflow from the building. On the right side, there’s a restaurant and behind it, there’s a kitchen. And on the left side you can see the core functions of the building. There’s also a lot of space outside. The yard of the building serves as a common area. On the ground floor, there’s also the caretakers office. Here, it’s in connection to the inflow so the caretaker can process the inflow also.
The caretaker working in the building is responsible for organizing and helping the residents with questions. There’s also a therapy room and this room can be rented out to the outside for private, or a messenger or anyone the resident needs. This can be divided by two in the middle and then there’s the residents in Lauttasaari and the common showers, here in the middle can be used by the residents in the evening.
And then there’s a kitchen and the restaurant and the idea is that the kitchen can also be used as a common kitchen by the residents when the restaurant in here is closed. So there would be lunch during the days and it would serve as a cafe in the mornings or afternoons and in the evening. There’s a small resident cafe. I mark it as a cafe but it’s a space where the residents can create.
In the first floor there is a computer lab and a bigger spot for happenings and there’s also five apartments on the first floor. Here you can see the whole can be divided in two also for small things like that or it can be used as a bigger hall for seeing anything like that and also, access the bathrooms for the first floor and there’s also a small healthcare.
There are 35 apartments. All apartments are accessible or could easily identified as such. Some have two bedrooms or some three bedrooms. All apartments have big balconies. Apartments are designed for everyone and there’s different layouts for the apartments to offer more variety and there’s also some spaces like a laundry room and a drying room and there’s also a small space where the residents can gather and spend their time.
This community space is also designed to bring light and space to the corridors. And there’s also greenhouses for the residents to garden in the winter and have parties and small events. Some of these areas are also communal. There’s some communal areas here and a garden here.
>> Some are the apartments are very small so you can see right in here. These are apartments that can be rendered for care for a shorter period of time or nominally yes.
There’s areas for families here. There’s two here and one here. This apartment has one entrance from the hallway to the main part of the apartment. This role has all of the basic functions of the apartment and can serve as an apartment in here. And in the second floor you have access only from the terrace. It’s still simple access but it’s not the most convenient so you don’t have any necessary apartment. In the next floor there’s the guest room where the relatives and the guests can stay. And there’s also a sauna for the resident with a small charge. There’s a fireplace and kitchen here. You can also see an example of the greenhouse in this picture here. Here, you can see the main entrance. In the middle of the building, it’s marked by a big spot and there’s glass. The entrance is on the same level. The road goes to the right side of the building and goes around to the second apartment entrance there.
On this side, the main entrance is marked by a high glass wall as well. Many of the windows on the ground floor can be open to the park during the summer. Yeah, I’m wrapping it up, yeah.
The main focus of this is the part of the users of the building. It’s to organize different things and it’s the idea that the residents will help each other, more easily and socially in the urban area. The principles of universal design in the apartments and the common spaces and the help of the neighbors will help the lives of the residents. In the end it will be that the residents shape the final functions and add in the building. The community house is a home where the residents can live their whole lives with a safe social network. Thank you!
>> Thank you so much Laura. This is very interesting. I’m sure there will be questions for you in the audience somewhere.
>> Hi, I have a couple of questions. First, thank you very much for your very interesting presentation. I remember is this project going to be built? Do you know?
>> Not actually here, in this stage, it’s not. I’m going to present to the city of Lauttasaari and hopefully it will be good and if the design is good enough. But at the moment, it’s not.
>> And the concept is that the municipality would be the owner of this project or this building?
>> Actually, I haven’t thought of it that much. I think it’s basically the same if it’s a municipality or a private owner. I think it would be private. I don’t know if the municipality has the funds to build this kind of a project but I think the building would work the same even if it were private.
>> Okay, thank you!
>> Well, thank you for the presentation. It was very wonderful! Could you tell us more about this prospect, I mean users and target users of what you had in mind?
>> The potential users of this? I think the potential users of it is all of the people living in Lauttasaari. So my main focus is on elderly but I think it’s open to all persons. I think all of the people in Lauttasaari is needing a community function.
>> Is it the social income, however, is it a low income or the whole range of the people who really want the social network?
>> I would like to think this is open for all the people and it’s not divided for the rich.
>> Then if the house is owned by like a private, you know, I mean, people, it could be like a corporate housing, communal housing type or if it is, you know, owned by the city, it could be like a supportive housing or something like that? Have you ever thought about it?
>> Well, I designed many of these apartments so I was thinking the bigger apartments could be purchased by some high income people and the smaller are meant for the low income person but all of the apartments are thought to be renter apartments.
>> Renter? Okay. Thank you!
>> So are there more questions? Okay. Thank you so much Laura!
>> Thank you, thank you.


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