The Finnish Association of Architects has launched an international competition to masterplan a mixed-use development around a new tram depot on Helsinki’s eastern fringe
The project, for Helsinki’s City Transport Institute, will deliver a storage complex for trams south of Reposalmentie Road along with several housing blocks. The winning scheme will form the basis of an urban plan for the suburban area around 6.5km east of the city centre.
According to the brief: ‘A wide range of residential buildings, service spaces and a tram station are planned for the area. In addition, a tram line is planned for Reposaltio and its extension to Vartiosaari is taken into account.
‘Prerequisites are created to maintain and grow the service industry of the area. To the south of the area there is a sports park and green areas. The beach and some of its significant woodland adjacent to it are to be kept.’
Helsinki is home to more than 1.4 million people making it Finland’s most populous city. Its public transport system includes a metro, railway, buses, ferries and trams. Long-term plans will see the city linked to continental Europe via Rail Baltica.
The competition focuses on an undeveloped suburban site in Yliskylä. The call for concepts comes six months after the city ditched competition-winning plans by Paris-based Moreau Kusunoki Architects for a £110 million Guggenheim Museum in the nearby South Harbour.
The winner of the latest competition will receive a cash prize and may also be invited to develop their scheme further in collaboration with the client.
The deadline for applications is noon local time, 14 August.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
City Transport Institute
City of Helsinki