Kotka Government Office Building
- 200 m
Toritalo, built in 2019 in the seaside town of Kotka in eastern Finland, is an excellent example of how contemporary architecture can complement already well-established urban environments.
With a stylish and confident presence, the new rental housing development has settled harmoniously among the neighbouring buildings from a wide range of stylistic periods that wrap around Kotka’s cobbled marketplace. The building’s proportions and window openings segue effortlessly into the adjacent façades while adding a choice of well-judged accents. The foyer allows views through the building, connecting a historic courtyard at the rear with the market to the front.
The excellent working relationship between client and architect has resulted in sensitive and skillful decision making. The solutions they have chosen add a new layer to the history of this area and serve to both maintain and enhance the sense of cohesion that characterises the blend of urban stone and wood architecture already present here.Although Toritalo has been constructed using conventional building materials, the skillful design and the commitment to honouring the area’s local heritage elevate this remarkable development far beyond its modest scale.