Eestinmetsä Community Service Centre, designed by architects Rainer Mahlamäki and Juha Mäki-Jyllilä, houses daycare and physical and mental health facilities jointly run by the local parish and the city. The various services provided there are, e.g. daycare, adult counselling, a maternity clinic and dental care.
The surrounding building stock consists mainly of detached houses while the natural environment is characterised by rock formations, the varying contour of topography and pine trees.
The height differences of a site often provide a fertile starting point for a rich spatial configuration. This time, however, a simpler solution of using two base levels was required. The design objective was to promote equal mobility regardless of a person’s age or state of health.
The main entrance area is a sunny warm pocket; a functional focal point whose position in the overall configuration is further emphasised by a long ramp.
The lower floor houses the daycare facilities. The health care facilities are situated on the upper level. The yard connects subtly with the adjoining rocks. The façades of the building are clad with two different materials: brick with light-colour rendering and black corrugated Minerit fibre cement sheets. Small areas of pine treated with translucent varnish can be found on the canopies and window frames. These building materials seemed suitable in the context. The facades and in particular, the windows of the building reveal the architectural intent of the design. All windows of the building are different from one another.
Source: Finnish Architectural Review 5/1999