The Green Lung, created by Sergio González, Luis Muñiz, Stephan Sobl, & Giacomo Tinari, is a new project for Helsinki, Finland encompassing many elements, but centered around a central, high-ceilinged glassed courtyard. This, the designers entitle the Green Lung. With this area acting as a pedestrian connector and distribution hub, a variety of programs latch on. Offices, workrooms, a library which is to be a primary attraction, children’s space, and restaurants make up the varied scheme.Arch2o-greenlung-Sergio González, Luis Muñiz, Stephan Sobl, & Giacomo Tinari (2)

Courtesy of  Sergio González, Luis Muñiz, Stephan Sobl, & Giacomo Tinari

Within the complex’ iconic structure, a light-hearted, open-air feel is augmented by hanging gardens- literally giving off a breath of fresh air. One may follow this public plaza up to an elevated restaurant, offering picturesque views of the surrounding landscapes, or take an independently provided access path for times when the central functioning library is closed. The Green Lung is intrinsically incorporated into the Makasiinipuisto park promenade, providing instances of both public and private accommodations, inspiring exploration and a continuing sense of engagement.

By Matt Davis

Arch2o-greenlung-Sergio González, Luis Muñiz, Stephan Sobl, & Giacomo Tinari (3)

Courtesy of  Sergio González, Luis Muñiz, Stephan Sobl, & Giacomo Tinari

Courtesy of  Sergio González, Luis Muñiz, Stephan Sobl, & Giacomo Tinari

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