Big Apple Shopping Center with senior citizen apartments. Opend on 24th September 2001.
- 112 different activities
- garage for 2,200 cars
- youth center
- medical center
- vocational school
- bureau for folk pensions
- 17 Restaurants and coffee bars
- 3 Cinemas
- 95 senior citizen apartments
- 9,000 m² of office space
- gives jobs for 1,100 persons
- cost circa 1 billion FIM
After the opening of Big Apple, there are 50,000 more cars moving in the area each week. Around the center there have been built additional apartment houses for 3,000 inhabitants.
Biggest Finnish building project in year 2000.
Total floor area 16 ha (= 30 football fields).
Mauri Tommila / Arkkitehdit Tommila Oy
Tommila wants to call Big Apple a city center. The idea was to create a living center by combining shops, restaurants, cinemas, etc. with apartments, there will be life also after shop closing time and on sundays.
The building frame is made of steel and concrete, in site cast elevator shafts, prefab concrete elements (biggest columns weights 40 tons), hollow core slabs, steel columns and steel beams. Wave height of roof is 4 m. Because of the concrete TRY (The Finnish Steel Structure Association) will not include Big Apple in the forthcoming book. The mix of materials (Tommila: modern material use) will exclude most potential awards, but there are great opportunities that Big Apple will receive the Building Project of the Year, because of the huge planning work (at the peak 580 building workers and a total of 200 different contracts).
CM-Urakointi Oy / Project Manager Eerik Karvinen
Finnmap Consulting Oy
Same DETAN tension rod structure as in Itämerentori, which got the Finnish Steel Structure Award year 2000 (Also by Finnmap). Only the wave shape is new to Big Apple.
Steel structure delivery (your customer): Oumet Oy.
Garage: Parma Betonila Oy (prefab manufacturer)
South Side: Seicon Oy
North Side: Seirak Oy
Office Part: Rakennustoimisto Pohjola