Kotisiilo – even more than unique

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visualization of Kotisiilo by NCC

This is a mind-blowing example of critical heritage preservation – the Finnish way. The old gristmill and silos in Järvenpää were sold a few years back to developer NCC to be converted into luxury apartments. Then apparently a lot of things happened – neglect, mold, structural damage etc – the silos and the mill were demolished in 2012 and will now be replaced by a brand new apartment building that looks more or less exactly like the old silos.

I’m not sure whether this is fantastic or disgusting – strange definitely.

The original mill back in 1948 - photo courtesy of Järvenpää-seura archive
The original mill back in 1948 – photo courtesy of Järvenpää-seura archive
Example apartment - NCC
Example apartment – NCC

The house and the apartments themselves  are odd enough thanks to the silo-imitating shape of the building. So I guess this is a positive addition to housing development conventions. But I do have one question to the “artist” who made the commercial renderings. Is this really THE picture that will sell these apartments?

the artist's vision of the washing machine in the corner of the bathroom.
the artist’s vision of the washing machine in the corner of the bathroom.

And still.

Somewhere in the back of my head is also a picture of Ricardo Bofill’s outrageous La Fabrica, a former cement factory that he turned into his home:

Living space in la Fabrica (copyright Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura)
Living space in la Fabrica (copyright Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura)
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4 thoughts on “Kotisiilo – even more than unique

  1. Have to appreciate the artists faithful rendering of the water and drain connections – and the tilework that seems to have already been through a cost cutting cycle…

    Because they rebuild everything, maybe they should just go totally “Torres Blancas” with this – even more variation to the apartment types (and more interesting architecture) – but as it is, its still a pretty interesting project and an example of a strong image, being transferred over from a ruin to a completely new building.

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