architect: OJO - Office Jarrik Ouburg, Freyke Hartemink (FreyH Studio) e Maciej Abramczyk

location: Kortephoja, Jyväskylä (FI)

year: 2015

The project includes a new urban plan and addition of two mix-use housing blocks for a part of the modernistic neighbourhood called Kortephohja in Jyväskylä, a medium-sized town centrally located in Finland.


The challenge of the project is how to create an attractive local centre whereby the physical buildings themselves form the catalyst for the social integration. Whereby communities become self-reliant and self-organising and whereby buildings form small villages in a network that we call the city. The architects, OJO, Freyke Hartemink (FreyH Studio) and Maciej Abramczyk propose to invert the classic modernistic scheme of the original urban scheme. It is the public space that shapes the buildings instead of the other way around. In 1784 Giambattista Nolli drew a map of the city of Rome that was revealing. Normally plans showed the built and the unbuilt space, the private and the public. Nolli presented the enclosed public spaces, such as the interior of the Pantheon, as open civic spaces. For a community, these open and shared spaces exactly offer inhabitants a mutable appropriation. The project is composed by two blocks: a student house and an elderly house. The student building will replace a previous Student Village, by one 4-5 story building enclosing a communal square. On every level the communal corridor is interrupted by the shared ‘Nolli Gardens’, breaking the long vista, and adding surprise and social interaction to the common space. These spaces are programmed with a collective dining room with kitchen, winter garden, lounge area, library, sauna etc. The building for the elderly is a 3 story building that encloses a square on which a new supermarket and restaurant will be located. This ensemble will create the central block for the neighbourhood. All the apartments have a double orientation, facing both the street and the communal space that doubles as the access to the apartments.

Europan 13 competition: 2015, first prize
Client: City of Jyväskylä, The Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä JYY, NCC Group
Student housing block: 124 family apartments, 240 single room apartments, commercial and service units, bicycle parking and shelters (total 17.840 sqm)
Central block: 76 elderly apartments, supermarket, restaurant, 420 parking places (total: 7.428 sqm)
Execution urban plan: 2016, Buildings: 2017-
Team: Freyke Hartemink, Jarrik Ouburg and Maciej Abramczyk