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Wilhunkulma at Lappeenranta

Our aim was to design a building that despite being modern, would honour its historical surroundings. We were successful in that and we received positive feedback for the project from Lappeenranta city and its citizens.

Wilhunkulma is an apartment and business building that was built at the city centre, on a plot between two significant buildings.  City Hall and the Wolkoff Building are both from the beginning of the 19th century and they are the oldest surviving wood buildings in Lappeenranta.

The challenge was that there was already a house on the plot. “Hinkkasen talo” had many guardians, including a museum and the city council.  But they changed their minds and a new building was erected at the site. The city and its citizens followed the construction closely and they had high expectations. Our aim was to design a building that despite being modern, would honour its historical surroundings.

We wanted to make the building proportionate with the scale and design of the surrounding area both inside and out.  The quality of the building within its surroundings was also the buyers main objective. In this 5 million euro project we were able to develop several special solutions, which was an extremely intresting experience. Such a task is probably every designer’s dream. The work was challenging and interesting, but also rewarding.

The building was chosen as the the city’s most beautiful building in 2011.  We received more positive feedback for the project from Lappeenranta city and its citizens than from any other project before. This “corner” of the city now feels very close to us because we also designed Raatihuoneenpuisto (park) and the pedestrian street in Kauppakatu.

Building information:

floor area 1,177 m2

gross total area 3,136 m2

area of dwelling 1,027 m2

apartments 455 m2 (3 apartments)

business premises 464 m2 (5 business premises of which 1 is a restaurant)

2 floors + attic, underground parking (2 levels) with 26 parking spaces.

Project duration: 2009-2011