Favorite thing: The “Hip Flask” Towers designed in 1960 by Viljo Revell are one of the prominent features of Tapiola’s skyline. They are placed on the small hill close to the Tapiola Center, and as you approach from the lower area they seem to appear between the trees looking more monumental than the 7-floors towers can be. Beautifully designed curved line of their façade encloses typical floors with smaller flats, originally intended for singles and couples without children. Each of the towers also features common rooms at their roof-terrace, with the inevitable Finnish sauna.
Single-family houses in Tapiola usually come in form of row-houses, set freely in the landscape and usually with no fences around the plots. The division between public and private is usually made by placement of different plants.
This type of flats was originally planned for families with children. Their contact with the terrain and nature remains their best quality.
The ideals of the Modernist architecture of the 1920s – lightness and openness; and life in nature – was successfully realized in the dwellings and the surroundings of Tapiola. One of the most important things of the settings of the buildings was the contact with nature, enabling nice views from the flats as well as the safe areas for children and various outdoor activities in the vicinity of homes.
Another important feature of Tapiola is the mix of different types of housing, ranging from single-family houses to the appartment blocks and towers. This enabled desired mix of different social groups of inhabitants.
The general feature when photographing housing in Tapiola are birch trees in the foreground, making a desired buffer between the public paths and more intimate domestic interiors as well as the characteristic feature of this Garden City.
Espoo is the big city on the west side of Helsinki. It's also famous for having the headquarters of the giant Nokia, but there is also other Finnish international companies there as: Kone, TietoEnator, Fortum, Tekla, Jippii and others.
Fondest memory: I didn't thought of any, anyhow, here is Espoo official site: