The Helsinki Regional Environmental Services information center will complete construction in October 2021 and showcase multiple aspects of circular construction - how to reuse materials and enable movability of a building.

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The info center is for Helsinki Region Environmental Services’ (HSY) newest recycling station’s (Sortti-asema) in Koivukylä, Vantaa. Located next to Koivukylä Reuse Centre, visitors of the Reuse Centre and HSY’s recycling center could potentially learn about and engage in more circular economy practices. 

HSY Info Center through the years

Reuse of materials is shown in how recycled zinc sheets from the Kiasma museum of modern art are used in the façade of the HSY’s info center. The museum was undergoing a refurbishment where the zinc sheets used in façade and in the roof were renewed.

The refurbishment started with pre-demolition audit to minimize the amount of construction waste produced. HSY seized the opportunity to acquire the zinc sheets for reuse purposes. The acquired sheets from the roof are first given new life as a façade of the new info center. 

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Later, more cases where sheets can be used are going to be searched. Furthermore, HSY examines the total expenses and carbon footprint in completely new products compared to the recycled materials, using HSY’s info center as case example.

The info center building can be easily moved elsewhere and therefore the lifecycle of the building extended if it's not anymore useful in its current use. The whole building is designed as one module that contains all the needed technology and furnishing. It only needs to be plugged into the drainage and electricity systems, once on site. The contractor has designed it in a way that in two hours from when it's lifted it should be ready to be used at a new site.

Visit us and try the app on the building

Try the on-site app yourself at the info center (coming soon) to learn more about the different circularity approaches throughout the building. Follow the simple steps below.

1. Visit the building!

2. Using the building guide (similar to the one below) find the QR codes throughout the building.


3. Find a QR code, such as the one below. Scan the code with your mobile or table to activate the application and step back to the floor marker, such as the one below.


4. Walk back slowly until you see the pop-up elements on your screen and follow the instructions on the screen.