Maunolanmäki Daycare Centre and Huuhkajankuja Housing Block
The Ylistaro government office complex holds not only local and national government offices but also some private shops.
It compromises a group of buildings around a central courtyard in the Ostrobothnian farm tradition. A tree-lined way leads from this open space into the main road running through Ylistaro main village, making the courtyard a well-conceived endpoint. The clock tower is a conspicuous focal point.
The entrance all lead off the pedestrian precinct. They are accented by the steep roofs over the lobbies, which break up the smooth outward-sloping roofing just as the ridge roofs of Ostrobothnian farm complex break up the flatness of the plains.
These covered entrances, some small recesses and accented eaves in places articulate the higher inside walls facing the precinct, while the lower outside walls are more straightforward, on the motorist’s scale. The service traffic roads and parking are situated around the complex.
The buildings are mainly wood-frame. The smooth white rendering on the elevations underlines the public character of the buildings and forms a tranquil, cohesive contrast to the many different materials and colours used roundabout.
Source: Finnish Architectural Review 8/1989