• Erkko Aarti and Arto Ollila: Habitat Island

    In 2014 the Institute, in close collaboration with The Architecture Foundation, produced a Viewpoint Structure for the London Wildlife Trust. Viewpoint was designed to serve as a viewing platform for the Camley Street Natural Park overlooking Regent's canal. Erkko Aarti & Arto Ollila & Mikki Ristola were chosen to deliver the final design for the floating structure, which was built and launched in February 2014.

    Erkko Aarti, from the winning team Aarti, Ollila & Ristola says,
    "We wanted to showcase the Finnish appreciation and respect for nature and give the visitors an exciting and enjoyable nature experience. Camley Street Natural Park is a unique and relaxing haven in the midst of a busy metropolis. The floating platform is sensitive to its surroundings, but it has its own identity and strong, recognisable shape that can be seen from afar."

    The Viewpoint competition and commission were a follow-up to the New Architects: Finland_UK exchange programme curated by the Finnish Institute, The Architecture Foundation and Museum of Finnish Architecture in 2012. The project was supported by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Kier Group, Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, The Alfred Kordelin Foundation.