The Loft House is an office building commissioned by the well-known Finnish construction company EKE. The building that also functions as EKE’s headquarters resembles the company itself: it’s honest, down-to-earth and prestigious.
The challenge was to create a building that has an identity that tells a story in seconds when viewed from the passing cars and at the same time peacefully ekes the surrounding urban housing development creating welcoming entrance and public space.
The Loft House has a diverse identity. The building reveals its purpose by gradually opening the entrance lobby to the road. Up close, the facades appear punctual and clear. When observed from distance, the relief surface of the brickwork and the graphic composition of the windows provide the building with more depth.
The impact of the building itself has a very straight forward effect; it works as a sound barrier from the noise of the highway protecting the neighboring yard of the housing block. It also gives the area a benchmark of high quality craftmanship, detail and form.
In the heart of the building’s identity is the rough minimalism that is presented in true feel and use of different materials and features. The architecture balances carefully between heaviness and lightness. The brick façade uses the dimension of the single unit to create relief and rhythm. The bare surfaces of concrete are on display; the warmth of the wood creating contrast to it. The very strict form of the building is only compromised to make space for nature and people.