L Architects' Helsingin Kuunari apartment buildings were awarded with the "Kestävä Kivitalo" award, a price given for constructing durable brick and concrete buildings. The Kuunari project consist of three five-storey single-stair buildings and a parking garage connecting them.
The jury stated following about the project:
"The architectural implementation has successfully considered the maritime surroundings. Buildings are sending a message with the use of durable materials, meant to last for ages, but still the overall visual appearence is classy and light due to modern architectural style. Floor plans are well thought through and they take the advantage of views in an excellent way."
"Varying yet harmonious colours fit well into it's maritime surroundings during all seasons."
"The durability, comfortability and affortability during the building's entire life cycle have been taken well in consideration in the design. The design process benefit from BIM which is still rarely used in housing design."
The "Kestävä Kivitalo" award is given to a person and a group of people that have participated in constructing high-quality on-site brick and concrete buildings. The projects lead designer was Mari Ille from our office, and Rakennusosakeyhtiö Hartela Ltd. was responsible for the construction.