Extreme housing – Living Steel

Living steel was an International invited Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing, which presented architects with the task of creating energy efficient, single-family, detached housing that minimises climate change emissions and can withstand temperature extremes, yet is affordable to build and to buy.

The prefabricated circular form was conceived to create a high-level of air tightness. The design was also inspired by traditional Russian houses which are often heavily ornamented, bordered by fences and includes kitchen gardens.

The doughnut-shaped house has been designed with an outer ring. This ring includes parking for one car, a kitchen garden (planting of vegetables), a greenhouse, as well as generous storage areas. As the perimeter of the house is made from a semi-transparent layer of steel, there’s a strong connection to the site. To provide thermal insulation, The insulations are made with eco-wool sandwich panels. While the greenhouse and kitchen garden can be enjoyed from the kitchen and living areas, they can also be appreciated from the bedrooms.

The three housing models vary in size from 120 square metres to 150 square metres. In each model the bedrooms are located on the first floor, in the centre of the doughnut. To create another protective layer against the cold weather, the architects designed a ‘snow fence’ around each home. This fence, made of steel mesh, allows winds to cool the house during summer. In winter, snow builds up within the mesh to form an additional blanket.

Heat zones, Extreme housing – Living Steel
Heat zones, Extreme housing – Living Steel
Plans, version M, Extreme housing – Living Steel
Plans, version M, Extreme housing – Living Steel
Interior view, Extreme housing – Living Steel
Interior view, Extreme housing – Living Steel
Housing unit with a garden, Extreme housing – Living Steel
Housing unit with a garden, Extreme housing – Living Steel
Winter / sheltering fences with snow, Extreme housing – Living Steel
Winter / sheltering fences with snow, Extreme housing – Living Steel

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Our work includes developing, studying and producing architectural projects that answer the client’s needs in a unique, cost-efficient, rational and aesthetically pleasing synthesis.

The design process consists of analysing the special features of each site and program. Our Architecture  grows from hard work and a high level of commitment. We believe that the only way to build sustainable cities and buildings is to use real solid materials, solve all the functions in a flawless way and give every space and building its own unique appearance – a soul.

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Risto Huttunen

Risto Huttunen
Partner
+358 50 382 7100
risto.huttunen@h-l-p.fi

Santeri Lipasti

Santeri Lipasti
Partner
+358 40 578 5547
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Pekka Pakkanen

Pekka Pakkanen
Partner
+358 41 517 9460
pekka.pakkanen@h-l-p.fi

Gunilla Björkqvist

Gunilla Björkqvist
Project Architect
+358 50 3417400
gunilla.bjorkqvist@h-l-p.fi

Mikko Blomberg

Mikko Blomberg
Project Architect
+358 50 594 6978
mikko.blomberg@h-l-p.fi

Uula Kohonen

Uula Kohonen
Project Architect
+358 50 3007753
uula.kohonen@h-l-p.fi

Matias Saresvuo

Matias Saresvuo
Project Architect
+358 50 3549450
matias.saresvuo@h-l-p.fi

Mikko Tanneraho

Mikko Tanneraho
Project Architect
+358 50 3599735
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Marcel Ulmer

Marcel Ulmer
Project Architect
+358 50 5217377
marcel.ulmer@h-l-p.fi

Essi Wallenius

Essi Wallenius
Project Architect
+358 50 374 7678
essi.wallenius@h-l-p.fi

Emilia Åman

Emilia Åman
Project Architect
+358 40 8280801
emilia.aman@h-l-p.fi

Aku Jokinen

Aku Jokinen
Architect
+358 9 694 7724
aku.jokinen@h-l-p.fi

Satoshi Ohtaki

Satoshi Ohtaki
Architect
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satoshi.ohtaki@h-l-p.fi

Irene Hämäläinen

Irene Hämäläinen
Student of Architecture
+358 44 2760432
irene.hamalainen@h-l-p.fi

Tomas Hartman

Tomas Hartman
Student of Architecture
+358 9 694 7724
tomas.hartman@h-l-p.fi

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