We are an architectural and civil engineering office based in Helsinki, run by Pedro Aibéo.
We avoid over planning, and believe in open systems to empower further developments by its users.
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We work under these following principles:
WE DESIGN OPEN SYSTEMS
We do not over plan, we plan for users to plan further in time. We create open systems through mix usage for diversity and innovation and through open areas to allow a DIY approach.
WE DESIGN IT, WE USE IT
At least one of our designer's team must use or live in the space to be designed for 2 years. Architects are whores, they will leave their morals outside when the paycheck asks them to design for the minimum requirements to bring the maximum profit.
ACCESSIBILITY FOR ALL
We design for barrier free (for wheel chair access) of all common areas and at least 1/3 of the whole building. A ramp and a large toilet are great for all, either if you have a large suitcase, baby wagon, injury, handicap, etc.
RENOVATION TO PROMOTE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
All sorts of damages are today an irresistible excuse for demolition in the search for profitability, land value, new construction oriented corporate culture, desire to get rid of a heritage status, etc. Buildings are almost never irreparable they are so usually for a profit-oriented developer but not be so for a owner-occupier.
We renovate based on:
- historical analyses
- traditional and contemporary construction techniques
- uncompromised ecology
- very long-term sustainability
- positive health-effects.
Communities are built by learning how to live with the differences of neighbors. It develops skills for listening and for consensus. Only via such can we even start to grasp the political complexity we are embedded in. Co-housing allows every inhabitant to be totally independent and choose not to interact with the community or yes to interact. We believe diversity is resilience. Diverse systems are more adaptable to changes. A community supports each other. Yet privacy is fundamental, every inhabitant is totally independent and can choose not to interact with the community.
Our co-housing has these minimum features:
- Modern apartments of high quality (but not expensive and flashy) with private small kitchen and bathroom
- Shared common areas with temporary social / business / educational / research purpose (over 50% of the total habitable area) (one workshop room, one large communal kitchen, one Ball room, one Entrance Foyer to the ball room with handicapped able toilets, one Sauna + Sport facilities)
- At least one small apartment free for guests, temporary renting or for residencies
- At least one of the designer's team must use or live in the space designed for 2 years (it guarantees good design, not good profit)
- The process matters: the design is done as much as possible together with the new inhabitants
- Aiming at renovation of buildings instead of new construction
- Collaboration with local vocational schools, giving students the opportunity to practice in the study of how to make craftsmanship
– Principles of local governance: every co-housing defines the rules of the shared spaces
- Usage of natural light. Open, airy and modular design to allow changes in the planning and in the future
– Alternative local energy sources: geothermal / solar / etc
– Rain water collection
– Garbage disposal as a resource through composting
– Car sharing
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
LEO HENDERSON, RIBA PART 1 ARCHITECTURE STUDENT
It is inspiring to see a challenge to the ‘quick fix’ attitude that exists in architecture today. The Modular School is an example that I find particularly impressive. The understanding of energy efficiency as in the whole life cycle of the building versus the operational factors considers the whole story of construction, something that is often overlooked.