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Tampere launches waterfront masterplanning contest

Finland
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The City of Tampere in Finland has launched an open international ideas competition to masterplan its waterfront Hiedanranta district

Open to teams of architects, landscape architects and other disciplines – the contest seeks proposals for a new ‘dense, flexible and sustainable’ urban district overlooking Lake Näsijärvi.

The 1.4 million m² regeneration project aims to deliver 10,000 new jobs and accommodation for around 25,000 residents on the historic industrial site.

According to the brief: ‘Competitors are tasked with designing a comprehensive plan for the area on the conceptual level - a vision for the future of the area.

‘The plan should present a high-quality area, both functionally and in terms of the cityscape. In the coming years, the area’s development will be steered based on the material generated as a result of the competition.’

Tampere is the largest inland city in any of the Nordic countries and is known as the ‘Manchester of Finland’ or ‘Manse’ due to its industrial past.

Located around five kilometres north west of Tampere city centre – Hiedanranta features a mix of factories and warehouses alongside a former manor house and the remnants of a country estate which historically occupied the area.

Proposals should preserve existing historic buildings, enhance the ‘rugged and surprising’ industrial landscape and deliver a new high-quality environment for living and work. The continued operation of working factories on the site is required.

Masterplans may also explore the possibility of using reclaimed land to improve connections between the lakeside and nearby Tampere city centre.

The 15-strong jury will feature at least two members chosen by the Finnish Association of Architects plus two further external consultants. All competition entries will be exhibited for public comment online.

The winning team – set to be announced in December – will receive around £93,000. A further £93,000 will also be shared between the runners-up.

The deadline for applications is 21 September.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

Reijo Väliharju
Development manager

Tel: +358 50 388 0901
Email: hiedanranta@tampere.fi

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