LOPPUKIRI IN FACTS AND FIGURES
Address: Birger Kaipiaisen katu 1, 00560 Helsinki, E-mail: loppukiriyhteiso (at) arabianranta.com, loppukiriseniors.blogspot.fi, Active Seniors www.aktiivisetseniorit.fi
Architects: Kirsti Sivén & Asko Takala Arkkitehdit Oy in collaboration with the residents
Construction management and estate agent: Sato-Rakennuttajat Oy
Main contractor: NCC Construction Ltd (NCC Rakennus Oy)
Date of completion: April 2006
Seven storey building, two main entrances with a lift
Ground floor: Community kitchen, dining room and terrace, library, office, sitting area with TV, laundry, shelter for bikes, residents’ storeroom
2 nd to 6 th floor: 58 flats varying from 36 to 80 sq. metres
7 th floor: two saunas, multipurpose sitting room with a fireplace,
exercise room, guestroom, roof terrace.
Number of residents in April 2013 66 persons, age range from near 60 to 93.
City owned land site, on lease. Flats are subject to reselling price regulation by the city, in accordance with the ‘hitas’-system.
The housing corporation has a bank loan with interest subsidy by the state. Purchasing price per sq. metre in 2006 approximately € 3055 (in 2013 about 4000 euros).
Street façade red brick, light coloured plaster coating in the rear
The façade artwork “Cataracta” ceramic poles designed by Pekka Paikkari
Balconies in all flats, no private saunas
Broadband installed, Arabianranta local network
Car park for 26 cars in the outdoor parking area, sockets for heating cables
No private garden or yard, the area is a parkland with public access, and it is a part of a larger green belt stretching several miles along the river and around the sea banks.
HOW LOPPUKIRI IS ORGANIZED
The housing corporation is run by a management board assisted by a professional property manager. The owners of the flats, the shareholders, stand for the managing cost and expenses according to the number of the shares he/she owns in the corporation. The votes in the annual general meeting of the corporation are based on the number of the shares. The flats may be owner occupied or rented out. The minimum age of at least one person in the flat is 48 years, and the occupants are expected to participate in the community life.
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The LOPPUKIRI community consists of the residents of the building. The community provides and enjoys a lively social life offering a choice for everyone to pick from according to one’s own interests. It is a dear duty to everybody to look after the common home, to keep it clean and pleasant. Only the purely technical maintenance is trusted to an outsider. A common meal is served Monday to Friday at five o’clock, except for the three summer months. Cooking together and sharing the meals are the most important and appreciated events, well liked by those who are on duty and those who enjoy the outcome. A week’s working shift comes for each group of ca. ten persons about once in six weeks. The community also tends an allotment garden nearby.
The community meeting is the decision making body for the LOPPUKIRI community. Its main duty is to see that the community is run smoothly, that the homecare, food economy and kitchen shifts are well organized. It manages the financial matters of the community and discusses and decides on whatever proposal has been brought to it. Every member has one vote in the community meeting.
N.B. Loppukiri, if literally translated, means A final spurt. In Finnish the word also implies some kind of a climax, in our case perhaps the climax of our life.
18.11.2006 Kaarina Hughes