It’s a win – Villa Yttrium

Sigge’s proposal Villa Yttrium won the architectural competition for Vartiovuorenpuisto, Turku, Finland. The client is Suomen Laatuasunnot Oy.

Villa Yttrium consists of two town villas joined by a glass connector. The building has a total of 6 floors and an underground garage. Façade and roof surface material is hand-made brick. The eaves height and material skilfully match the adjacent Villa Solaris and thus complement the row of buildings in Vartiovuorenpuisto. The modern appearance of the building complex sits well into the surroundings and compliments the old building stock, the park and the newer buildings.

The apartments with their balconies open onto a beautiful park and cosy courtyard. The sloping high ceilings have bay windows and terraces. Ecological themes are present in sustainable materials, geothermal energy and adaptability.

Villa Yttrium’s name is a tribute to Professor Johan Gadolin, who is also called the father of Finnish chemical research. Johan Gadolin discovered an element, since been called yttrium, in the 18th century. Next to Villa Yttrium is a wooden house that housed Gadolin’s laboratory. A laboratory garden was located on the site of Villa Yttrium.