Aarti, Ollila & Ristola announced as winners of the Floating Viewpoint competition

The Architecture Foundation and The Finnish Institute in London are delighted to announce that emerging Finnish architects Erkko Aarti & Arto Ollila have been selected as the winners of the Viewpoint Commission for London Wildlife TrustThe duo will be joined by Designer Mikki Ristola to deliver the final design, which will be built in 2013 for Camley Street Natural Park in London’s King’s Cross.

Aarti, Ollila & Ristola’s floating structure, which will serve as a viewing platform and additional workshop facility, was designed with the practice's belief in mind that every project should tell a story. When promoting Finnish architecture in London they wanted to export something particularly Finnish to Camley Street Natural Park. ‘The Land of a Thousand Lakes’ is also filled with thousands of islands, and every summer Finns escape from the cities to the islands to spend time alone in the nature. The Floating Viewpoint for Camley Street Natural Park is an island that adds a new habitat to the park and for its wildlife.

The viewpoint will also allow the London Wildlife Trust to expand its educational remit by hosting additional workshops on the structure to examine and monitor the canal and its associated wildlife.

Aarti, Ollila & Ristola were selected from a shortlist of three Finnish teams, including ERAand Muntola & Österlund, by a jury comprised of Marcos Cruz (Director, The Bartlett School of Architecture), Owen Prichard (Deputy Editor, Icon), and Ken Trew (Project Director, Argent), alongside representatives of the client group.

The Viewpoint at Camley Street is commissioned and will be delivered in close collaboration with the architects by The Finnish Institute in London and The Architecture Foundation for the London Wildlife Trust.

Image: Concept render of Habitat Island, courtesy Aarti, Ollila & Ristola