Kristiina Hannunkari and Veikko Mäkipaja
Kristiina Hannunkari and Veikko Mäkipaja started their own architect studio in Helsinki in 1990. They are specialized in urban planning, high-rise building projects, and detached houses. The architects state that their aim is to make long-lasting and serene architecture.
Hannunkari and Mäkipaja spent March and April 2012 in New York where they explored the metropolis' civil engineering, especially residential buildings; new high-rises as well as old industrial buildings renovated into residential ones. They were also interested in different ways of living within the urban structure: are there such things as "villages" within a metropolis, and if yes, what are their social dimensions? The two architects found it important to familiarize themselves with the rearrangements of city space in New York City, such as the High Line and Bronx Avenue; buildings with combined civil and business uses; as well as ecological uses of materials.