Finnish architecture firm Lahdelma & Mahlamäki are developing a sleek triangular cluster of skyscrapers, after winning a design competition to create a new high-rise district in Helsinki. Aptly named “Trigoni,” the new tower district will be a new hub of urban activity designed with principles of sustainability. The plan features interlocking functions and around-the-clock services. Market functions, restaurants, and cafes are all located in a bustling but cosy environment. Through this, Trigoni aims to create a genuine DMA (Density, Mix and Access) focused block in Pasila. An increased focus on comfort, safety and ease of living informs every facet of design.Initially, the most striking and identifiable aspect of Trigoni is the clear, triangular shape of each tower. This design isn’t just for show: a triangular floor plan allows builders to angle each tower strategically. Stunning views from each tower can be more easily be directed past one another. Further, this allows generous amounts of sunlight to spill through, all the way to the ground floor.
Overall, the façade designs aim to invigorate Helsinki’s cityscape and street life. It offers a unique, elegant aesthetic in line with restrained Finnish principles. Each façade showcases a slightly distinct look, with variations of façade tailored depending on the view that it will create. The architects utilise variations in the denseness of rasters and the choice in natural stone, fibrous concrete and ceramic tiles. Architects adjust hues and materials to underline unique characteristics, creating a group of buildings that are unified but creatively individual.“The podium joining the two starting towers will be the main public centre of the scheme, creating a sheltered space between the towers that harks back to the market places, squares and streets of a traditional city,” said the architects.
Thus, the architects emphasise the human focus of the project, allowing for cosy and easy-going human encounters amidst the hectic demands of city life. Impressively, the Trigoni extends public space; no longer confined to the ground, users and visitors can scale the towers and freely enjoy panoramic views and public services all the way to the top. Architects have speckled several, elaborately designed common rooms for the public to enjoy.Meanwhile, outdoor areas provide recreational and cultural areas for all the residents of Pasila to enjoy. Additionally, the sweeping shelters of the podium will, in some places, act as Roof Yards. People can access these quiet, shielded spaces to escape from the main public areas. Notably, a glistening sculptural pavilion, which features commercial and public spaces, trails to the levels below the yard level, and to the Mall of Tripla shopping centre beyond. The pavilion, clad in opalescent glass, will act as the jewel between the towers.