The architecture studio Virkkunen & Co Archts has won the VUODEN METALLIJULKISIVU (Metal facade of the year 2019) award for the project developed at the Kalasatama Electricity Substation located in Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland. On the facade of this project, the metal mesh of Codina Eiffel 40100 in stainless steel has been installed.
The Kalasatama Electricity Substation is an electrical substation of three rectangular box-shaped buildings surrounded by a wall. The award-winning project incorporates on the one hand the facade cladding of the substation with architectural metal meshes, in this case the Codina’s model Codina Eiffel 40100 in stainless steel. On the other hand, the decoration of the wall surrounding the substation is constantly changing, since the project itself incorporates the continued work of several graffiti artists. Thus urban art is integrated into landscape by changing it permanently. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpZDheFEB0o&feature=youtu.be
The Vuoden Metallijulkisivu (Metal Facade of the Year) is an award that the metal fabric production industry gives to a Finnish architecture firm. The purpose is to reward a project that takes care of the integration of architectural metal fabrics and meshes in an innovative and sustainable way, taking care of the social environment and respecting the environment. The prize has been awarded for ten years in Sweden and is organized for the first time in Finland. In this case, the Kalasatama Electricity Substation project is truly innovative because of the permanent change in the appearance of the building: through the shadow effects of the metal mesh on the facade and through urban art. It represents change, dialogue and integration.