Project name

Gross floor area

New housing solutions for people with autism spectrum disorders
Otsonkatu, Kotka
Invited competition, 1st prize
2390,5 m2
Kastek Oy

Our competition entry "piiri" (circle) grouped the buildings with two apartments each in a circle so that there is a sense of community even if every apartment has its privacy and opens to calming nature. The solution is innovative as the residents are assisted by the personnel at home. The situation is dramatically different from that of traditional large scale institutions. Different functions are clearly articulated in the apartment plan to make daily life more structured and easy. Residents with autism spectrum disorders have possibility to practice social situations choosing the desired level of publicity. The common spaces are grouped into a separate building. We did the competition together with Freja Ståhlberg-Aalto.