Tikkurila Riverside Listed Buildings

Project plan

©Pyry Kantonen

Project description:

In connection with the design of the Tikkurila riverside park in Vantaa (Loci Landscape Architects, competition win in 2016), project plans were drawn up for the renovations of the protected buildings on the riverfront – Culture Factory Vernissa, its former fire-fighting equipment warehouse and incinerator’s chimney as well as Soderling Mill and Villa Söderbo. The need and planning for the renovation of these buildings was substantially related to the commission of Loci Landscape Architects for the development of the Tikkurila riverside area and the design of the park. Talli acted as a subconsultant to Loci and assembled a workgroup for the project plans of the buildings. The goal was to develop the functions of the buildings to reflect the future situation in which the attractiveness of the riverside area will increase with the construction of the park. The starting point was to respect and reinforce the original architecture of the buildings.   

The Vernissa Factory was completed between 1912–1937, but the oldest parts of the architecture are remnants of the construction phases of the late 19th century. What is notable in the Culture Factory are the layers of time in its architecture as well as its links to the history of local industry. New activities were planned for Vernissa’s lot, including the extension of the cafeteria terraces by the rapids as well as an event market. In the project planning phase, the main changes were directed to the development of spaces open to the public, as well as improving their simultaneous usability and the expansion of the cafeteria’s kitchen facilities. Vernissa shares its yard with a fire-equipment warehouse, which was to be renovated with restoring modifications into a multifunctional space. Renovation of the factory’s incinerator chimney has been completed in 2021 according to the plans of Talli.  

The Söderling Mill was built in 1934. Since 1990, the summer café “Veinin mylly” has been housed in the building. The building is currently predominantly in post-1944 extension form. It is a valuable part of the cityscape and represents the local industrial construction of the early 20th century. In the project plan, the operation of the Söderling Mill as a summer café and party venue and as support facilities for the summer theatre were developed. 

Planned for the basement floor of Villa Söderbo were accessible gallery pop-up spaces opening into the park, and leisure and working spaces for the first floor. Villa Söderbo represents the last surviving examples of early 20th century timber-structured residential architecture in Tikkurila. It was built in the late 1930s as a home for the family of the Söderling Mill’s owner, after which the building has served in residential use. The aim was to fit a new use for the building with minimal building technology modifications, apart from the basement floor which would require a more thorough renovation. 

Project info:

Client:City of Vantaa
Location:Tikkurila, Vantaa
Size:Vernissa 2 769,6 m2
Warehouse 56,4 m2
Söderling Mill 246,1 m2
Villa Söderbo 308,2 m2
Protection status:Vernissa and the warehouse are protected by
the planning notation sr, Söderling Mill and
Villa Söderbo are protected by the planning notation sr II 
Original construction date:Vernissa 1912–1937
Warehouse 1930s
Söderling Mill 1934
Villa Söderbo 1930s
Project leader:Minna Lukander
Project architects:Mari Mannevaara, Riikka Pylvänen
Photos:Pyry Kantonen

More information:

Helsingin Sanomat. 7.2.2023. Tikkurilan­kosken puisto­alueet palkittiin vuoden ympäristö­rakenteena. Lasse Kivinen.

Helsingin Sanomat. 23.1.2021. Vantaa rakentaa vaivihkaa upeaa jokimiljöötä – Näin ruohottunut joenvierusta myllätään uuteen uskoon. Jonna Hovi-Horkan.