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Helsinki university campus contest launched

International entries have been invited for a competition to design a university campus in an architecturally famous area of Helsinki, Finland

Aalto University Properties is running a two-stage contest to find an architect for the institution’s Otaniemi central campus and its main buildings.

The university was created two years ago by merging two existing facilities and is named after Finnish architect Avar Aalro.

The campus is located in an area of Helsinki famous for its buildings by Aalto, Reima Pietilä and Heikki and Kaija Sirén.

The 50,000m² project will feature the main entrance to a new metro station serving Otaniemi.

Phase one of the competition opened on 5 April and runs until 10 August, requiring functional overall plans for the scheme.

Six entries will be taken forward to detailed design work in phase two, which will take place next year.

Aalto Univeristy president Tuula Teeri said: ‘We are looking for brave, visionary and ground-breaking ideas that will respect the principles of the university, its architecturally outstanding environment and the unique natural setting.

‘We hope to see solutions that demonstrate both a pioneering spirit and a profound understanding of the functionality of the new premises.’

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