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Allies & Morrison bags Finnish harbour win

Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners (AMUP) has taken joint top prize in an international ideas competition for Helsinki’s South Harbour

The London-based studio – an alliance of Urban Practitioners and Allies and Morrison formed in May 2011 – is among four practices sharing the prize.

Others in the winning quartet were Finland firms Ilkka Svärd and APRT, and Rotterdam’s Maxwan Architects + Urbanists.

The contest sought visions for the major passenger terminal and was launched last year as part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme.

The teams initially shared joint second place but the city bumped them up to first after announcing plans to work with the winners on the project. AMUP was the only UK team to place. 

AMUP proposed animating public realm inside the 9.3-hectare bay while increasing density at its edges. Two new public buildings were planned to bookend the harbour, three new office buildings would create an ‘arrival square’ for the terminal and a new canal would increase waterfront access.

The jury described AMUP’s scheme as a ‘bold, clearly presented proposal with several notable ideas for further development. The proposal combines Helsinki’s traditional, recognisable cityscape with new elements’.

Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners' competition-winning Helsinki South Harbour scheme

Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners’ competition-winning Helsinki South Harbour scheme

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