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 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?
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: