The gleamingly white facade of the building with glazed balconies make
an impression when arriving to the Turku Student Village. To be completed in
spring 2019, Aitiopaikka building will have 255 apartments for students, shared
sauna facilities, a laundry room, and club premises. The flowery shape of the
new building, located next to the spa hotel Caribia, hides an inner yard. The
dark facade of the inner yard provides a contrast to the whiteness of the
exterior facades. Thanks to the arched design, the apartments are distributed
towards all directions and the views from the balconies vary greatly. Modern
technology and energy efficiency were emphasised in the design of the student
Vallox units were chosen due to their energy efficiency.
– The energy efficient ventilation units by Vallox match the theme of
the buildings. Their design and manufacture are also modern, says Property
Engineer Joonas Rantala from
the Turku Student Village.
Easy to maintain
Apartments are accessed by means of outdoor corridors located on the
inner yard side of the building. The building mainly consists of small one or
two bedroom apartments with an average size of 30-35 m2. Vallox TSK
Multi 50 MC ventilation units that are used for the ventilation of the apartments
are hidden above the front doors. These can be accessed from outside the
– Locating the ventilation units outside the apartments is based on the
need to make maintenance easy, says Rantala.
– Our aim is to go inside the apartments as rarely as possible, for
which reason it is important that all the necessary maintenance measures can be
implemented outside the apartments. At sites like the Student Village, the
number of apartments is high and the time required by maintenance measures
needs to be minimised.
The residents will only be responsible for washing the grease filter of
the cooker hood from time to time. The cooker hood is also used for controlling
the efficiency of ventilation.
– We will prepare clear instructions for the residents on the use of the
cooker hood and on washing the grease filter. Clear instructions also serve
property managers, says Tomi Pakarinen from
PakuAir Oy, which is responsible for implementing the ventilation solution at
Ventilation serves different rhythms of life
Apartment-specific ventilation was considered to be important because
the residents live their everyday life according to their personal schedules.
– Each apartment has a ventilation unit that is in operation without
time restrictions just when needed. This is the best solution considering the
individual rhythm of life of each resident, says Pakarinen.
Ventilation is always turned on, ensuring that the replacement air
needed flows in into the apartment and exhaust air is removed. Boosting is
needed when the residents cook inside the apartment, for example. In such a
case, the resident can use the cooker hood to boost the ventilation.
– Boosted ventilation that is bound to a certain timetable is outdated.
People’s daily schedules vary so greatly that the comfort of living is enhanced
when ventilation is also organised based on need, says Tomi Pakarinen.