An international two-stage quality and concept competition was held for the Makasiiniranta area of Helsinki’s South Harbour 2021-2022. The winner is Saaret entry.
The entry Saaret by the Konsortium Gran team won the international quality and concept competition to develop the Makasiiniranta area in Helsinki’s South Harbour.
Recording: Award Ceremony of the Makasiiniranta quality and concept competition
The jury found that the winning entry is creditable in terms of cityscape and architecture and that it is a balanced extension to Helsinki’s maritime downtown area. The winning entry respects the historical values and cultural environment of the area while also bringing a new unique layer to the national landscape.
All four finalists were awarded a prize:
- 1st prize, EUR 100,000: entry Saaret, team Konsortium Gran
- Shared 2nd prize
EUR 70,000: entry Boardwalk, team AALTO Development
EUR 70,000: entry Makasiinipromenadi, team South Harbour
- 3rd prize, EUR 40,000: entry Ahti, team Elävä Eteläsatama
City of Helsinki organised a competition to find a partner for the development and implementation of Makasiiniranta at South Harbour. The competition was a two-phase quality and concept competition and it was intended for operators in the construction and real estate industry or consortia formed by these, which have the technical, economic and other conditions to plan and complete a very demanding and high-quality construction project.
Makasiiniranta at South Harbour area is part of the Helsinki National Landscape and a nationally significant valuable cultural environment. The place is central and symbolically very valuable and is part of the maritime façade of Helsinki’s historic centre.
- The objective of the competition was to develop the area as part of the expanding pedestrian city centre and the seaside trail around the shores of Helsinki for Helsinki residents to share and enjoy, and as a location for the new Architecture and Design Museum.
- A key goal of the competition was to produce an overall land use plan of exceptionally high quality and functionality that implements the City’s objectives in terms of land use, urban space and other aspects and serves as a basis for the future development, detailed planning and implementation of the area.
- Matters to be taken into consideration in planning an overall solution for the area included the landscape and cityscape values of the area, as well as the significance and identity of the location.
- The competition also involved brainstorming new functions and activities for the valuable buildings in the area with protection values kept in mind.
The competition is launched and application period starts. The competition will begin with the approval of the participants. Teams will apply to participate.
The competition webinar was held May 27th starting at 2 pm EEST (UTC+3). Webinar recording is available at competition webinar tab.
The competition begun with the approval of the participants. Teams applied to participate with an application, which had to include a statement of fulfilment of the minimum eligibility requirements set for the competitor.
The questions and the answers given to them will be published on the competition website within five working days of receiving the question.
The competition entries will be submitted under pseudonyms by 10 December 2021. The competition entries will be put on public display.
The jury will select a maximum of four best competitors for the second phase.
The competitors will prepare an elaborated competition entry. The final competition entries should be submitted for evaluation in June 2022. The competition entries will be put on public display.
The jury will select the winner of the competition. You can follow the event online starting at 4 pm.
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