Scanmikael executed a demanding indoor glazing project in the Urban Environment House in Helsinki
Scanmikael executed a demanding indoor glazing project in the building of the Urban Environment Division of Helsinki, in the district of Kalasatama. The Urban Environment House is a hub of several offices and brings many services to the same location. The building was designed by Lahdelma&Mahlamäki architects, and the contractor on the site was Skanska.
The City of Helsinki had set a high standard for the project and wanted the Urban Environment House to reflect its ambitious goals regarding environmental efficiency and working environment. Scanmikael created high-quality glazing inside the space according to the given conditions and while meeting the quality standards.
“The site was given high standards regarding quality and activity, and it was an honour for us to be a part of making them a reality,” says the CEO of Scanmikael, Joni Kaski.
“The building features a wide variety of our products, such as movable glass walls, terrace glazing, glass balustrades and movable and foldable panel walls.”
Large solutions for an activity-based office
The concept of an “activity-based office” stands out in the architect’s description of the building. This idea is in the core of the way space is currently used. Product development for utilisation of the space plays a big role for Scanmikael. It ensures that the users get an environment that is both functional and safe. Scanmikael produces partition solutions for offices, public spaces, hospitals, airports, shopping centres and schools, among others.
“The broad spectrum of different locations creates its own challenges. We make sure that the product serves the purpose the architect has designed it for and is best suited for its user,” Kaski explains.
“Activity-based spaces are a part of Scanmikael’s basic palette, and as our portfolio covers a broad variety of partition solutions, we are equipped to offer large complete solutions to meet a customer’s needs in different activity-based spaces.”
User safety as the fundamental theme in product development
Scanmikael’s products must be designed to the highest standard because they are used among large crowds of people. That is why user safety is one of the main themes in Scanmikael’s product development processes. Scanmikael has 20 years of global experience from creating space management solutions in challenging environments.
“We concentrate on the user. That has provided innovations that make our products stand out. Our delivery path, from measuring to fitting, is a great advantage when we implement different solutions. It also significantly reduces the risk to the customer. The products can be scaled easily and in a cost-effective manner according to the customer’s requirements.
We come in at the start of the project, preferably at the planning stage, and leave as the location is being finished.”
Solutions are not created by copying others
Having spent twenty years working on space management solutions, Scanmikael has the ability to execute projects in very challenging locations. The company manufactures and designs all of its own products. That is why their design and compatibility can be guaranteed. Scanmikael has created many innovative solutions, such as the patented bolt structure; curved rails that follow the natural form of the building; and curved glass walls which enable the creation of round spaces that can be opened up.
“We are known for being able to meet the customer’s requirements, even if others consider them difficult to look into,” Kaski says. “It is not free, but it does provide us with the opportunity to develop new solutions and our own know-how. Solutions of this kind are not created by copying others.”