We are Alva Karasalo Dahlbäck, architect, and Hanne Stolt, building engineer, and we work at Utopia Arkitekter.
I (Alva) started working with the project in September 2018 after being
at the site and talking to Caroline at the inauguration of the Children center together with Carolina and Frida from Asante. Caroline told us she wanted a Day Care Center, a place for the smallest children to be during the day and showed us a place on the site she had in mind. Alva started working with the project in September 2018 after visiting the site and talking to Caroline at the inauguration of the Children Center together with Carolina and Frida from Asante. Caroline told us she wanted a Day Care Center, a Place
for the youngest children to stay during the day and showed us a place on the site she had in mind.
Back home, Alva started the process of designing a proposal together with Frida and Carolina from Asante Architects and Pilvi from Lönnqvist&Vanamo Architects. The idea is based on the form and design of the Children’s Center. The concept is to use the shape of two of the Children’s Center buildings, split them in half and place the four of them facing each other forming a courtyard. The new building is tied together by one continuous roof, which, like the Children’s Centers, is tilted to gather rainwater.
The proposal was presented to Caroline via e-mail and by Knowit in February 2019 and she was very positive.
The next step of the project started this summer, in June 2019, when Hanne took over and started working on building drawings together with Rebecka, Alva, Pilvi, and later on, Angelo. Since then a few changes have been made to the original proposal. The plan has been adjusted to better fit the programme and the prerequisites of the site. The parts that collects rainwater have been put together and the rotation of the building has been adjusted to make the entrance of the Day Care Center face the entrance of the site.
In November 2019 Hanne went to site together with Anna from AJ landskap and Johanna from Ramboll. They did the landscaping design and the grey-/ and black water system of the Children’s Center and they will do the same with the Day Care Center. We presented the adjusted proposal to Caroline and Kevin who liked the design and was happy with the progress. We also took some measurements on site and carried out some maintenance on the water systems.
Right now, we are continuing the work with the building drawings and our aim is to deliver them early next year.
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Merry Christmas and a happy new year! / Alva & Hanne