Which projects would you find most suitable for renovation work?
Anything which still has enough real and authentic materials left. For example, brick is one of the materials which are well suited for this kind of work – combining old and new materials. Our experience is, that for successful reuse, it is necessary to integrate external impulses, hold workshops and listen to users’ input. When you communicate with the various parties, you can develop new content.
The aesthetic appearance can be changed completely when renovating a building, like in your project Raua sauna. How and when did this idea evolve? What are the reasons for covering the whole building in a clay brick lattice?
In this case, the existing building itself was very simple, just a shed. But it is located in a posh neighbourhood, where most of the buildings are under protection. So we needed something modest, which would not offend the heritage department, but still be clearly new and fresh. Natural light on the inside was also important, but without exposing the interior, of course. Another thing is – we want our buildings to get old in a beautiful way – and for this, brick is perfect. The renovated older parts in the original are a mixture of Art Deco and Functionalism, and we redesigned the street side pavilion building, which was enclosed by a brick lattice structure. The new look relates modestly, but clearly to the heritage site neighbourhood.