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Finland holds ideas contest for ‘Aviopolis’ airport city

Vantaa, Finland
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The Finnish Association of Architects has announced an international ideas competition to masterplan a 15.6ha segment of a new airport city in Vantaa near Helsinki

Backed by the City of Vantaa and local private landowners, the anonymous contest seeks ‘synergistic and innovative’ proposals for the new pedestrian-friendly mixed-use district as part of Vantaa’s airport city development, known as Aviopolis.

The phased masterplan, set to start on site in 2018, will deliver homes for approximately 3,000 residents, with new green spaces and around 20 per cent of its total area dedicated to employment. The brownfield site will also include a multipurpose building, Atomi, featuring a daycare school alongside other services, to be built by 2023.

According to the brief: ‘The objective of the architecture competition is to generate an ideas level plan that will form the basis for the land use and detailed planning of the area, support the Aviapolis vision, and create a unique urban identity for the area.

‘The competition is an ideas competition, and will not lead to any commissions. The competition organisers nevertheless reserve the option to commission more specific further planning linked to the detailed plan or projects in the area.’

Vantaa, located within the Finnish Capital Region a short distance from Helsinki, Espoo, and Kauniainen, is the country’s fourth most populous settlement and home to its largest airport, Helsinki Airport.

The Aviopolis programme aims to deliver housing for 20,000 residents and opportunities for 60,000 new jobs on former industrial land surrounding the major hub airport. It coincides with plans to expand Helsinki Airport to handle 20 million passengers per year by 2020.

The competition site – currently home to a 1980s hotel and some low-rise commercial buildings – is near a busy highway and retail park around 1.5km from Aviapolis train station and 2.5km from the airport.

Proposals will be assessed on their level of innovation, development potential and viability. Submissions will be expected to deliver a sustainable and community-focused development featuring urban blocks that enhance the surrounding area’s image, identity and cityscape.

The overall winner, set to be announced this summer, will receive £50,000, and there will also be a second prize of £26,000, third prize of £17,000 and two further prizes of £8,500.

The competition languages are English and Finnish, and the deadline for submissions is 3pm local time, 28 April.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Mervi Savolainen
Competition secretary

Tel: +358 40 5423 096
Email: mervi.savolainen@fi.issworld.com


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