Competition results

Four entries honoured in the design competition for the Helsinki South Harbour

The entries Boegbeeld, Meren syleily, Stadi terassi and Tori received an award in the international Kirjava satama Ideas Competition. The 201 entries to the competition offered new suggestions for development models for the South Harbour.

The panel unanimously decided to give four awards among to entries with balanced overall solutions that were suitable to the cityscape; the entries also had especially interesting ideas for the development of different sections. Innovation and ideas were valued higher than the flawlessness of details. There was no single entry that would have attained all the goals of the competition in a way that was clearly superior.

– The entries contain many elements that can be used to renew the South Harbour during the next few decades. The competition area is one of the places in Helsinki that arouses the most intense interest, which is why it is good to allow some of the ideas to mature, says the panel’s Chair, Deputy Mayor Hannu Penttilä.

The competition inspired two lines of development for the near future. Penttilä suggests that the improvements to the appearance of Kauppatori should begin next year when the Old Market Hall is renovated. In addition, it is time for Tähtitorninmäki Park and the Olympic Pier shore to open. In the best entries, a smoothly running pedestrian and bicycle route has been planned for the shore area of the Makasiini and Olympia Terminals.

– In Kauppatori, it is possible to use the input from the entries to improve the pedestrian environment and the structures of the marketplace and raise them to the level of the World Design Capital. The entries should be studied together with the real estate developers and a partnership model should be found to develop the area that extends from the Market Hall to the Olympic Pier.

In addition to the four award-winning entries, the entries Bridges, Buildings and Bridgebuildings, GLGGMGM and Satamakoti were purchased. The entries Archipelago Mobile, Pilvi, Rock City, the Owls Go, Vivo and Helsinki Gateway received honourable mentions.

The panel evaluation minutes state that developing the shoreline formed by filling in the sea at Katajanokka could offer new possibilities to revitalise the area. In, for example, the entries Meren syleily and Boegbeeld, a channel has been presented as an idea for the continuation of the esplanades and Kauppatori. The award-winning entries show that it is possible to place a public building that fits into the environment on the plot of the Kanava Terminal. In the entries, a place for a public building was also found in Eteläranta. In some entries, new residential buildings at the edges of Kaivopuisto Park were suggested.

The panel criticised the entrants for ignoring the spirit of the place and the environmental values all too often. The South Harbour requires a harmonic whole encompassing both the old and the new, instead of a transformation that is completely different from the surrounding environment. This was also evident in the plentiful feedback from the city residents on the website and in the exhibition at the City Planning Department's meeting place, Laituri.

The panel recommends that designing the area should continue together with the award-winning teams. The competition was organised from 2 May to 30 September 2011 by the City of Helsinki City Planning Department. The competition is part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme that offers the residents ways to participate in improving their living environment and in developing the city.

Additional information:
Chair of the panel, Deputy Mayor Hannu Penttilä, tel. +358 50 331 3939, hannu.penttila(a)

The Competition Secretary, Architect Sanna Lahti, tel. +358 40 334 2246, sanna.lahti(a)

Jury report (pdf 12 Mb) >>

Award-winning entries in the Kirjava Satama ideas competition

More information about the award-winning entries and the panel evaluation minutes can be found at the competition's website. The image material is free for media use.


Creator: Ilkka Svärd. Contributors: Pia Sopanen, Tuuli Sopanen.

Meren syleily:
Creator: Allies and Morrison Architects, Bob Allies, Graham Morrison, Chris Bearman, Raoul Kunz, Ed Neale, William Sherlaw, Ulla Tervo. Graphics: Romy Berlin, Nicholas Hail, Sandy Sterzl. Modeling: Alex Bowers, Danny Rutter.

240240 Stadi terassi:
Creator: Maxwan Architects + Urbanists; Hiroki Matsuura, Rients Dijkstra, Jason Hilgefort, Kris Schaasberg, Artur Borejszo, Leena Cho, Nobuki Ogashara, Ignas Uogintas, Aleksandar Hrib.

Creator: APRT Oy, Aaro Artto. Contributors: Maria Laisi, Jussi Vakkilainen.


Bridges, Buildings & Bridgebuildings:
Creator: Arkkitehtitoimisto A-Konsultit Oy; Eric Adlercreutz, Hasse Hägerström, Jyrki Iso-Aho, Staffan Lodenius, Mikko Tanneraho. Contributor: Jukka Salonen. Traffic planning: Björn Silfverberg.

Creator: Atelier LOIDL Landscape Architects and Urban Planners; Leonard Grosch and Leifheit & Wassendorf Architects; Grisha Leifheit, Jörg Wessendorf. Assistants: Stefan Grieger, Benjamin Gutsche, Michael Gareis, Anne Mertins, Flavia Mameli. Traffic planning: GRI GmbH, Bodo Fuhrmann, Duy Cuong Lai. Logistics: CCL GmbH, Martin Akar.

Creator: MS architekti s.r.o., Michal Sourek. Contributors: Pavel Hrebecky, Tomás Filgas, Idan Zveibil Thomas Zagdoun, Jiri Zeman.


John Ottati Archipelago Mobile:
Creator: John Ottati Team, Kyung Jae Kim. Contributors: Gregory Haley, Heejoo Shi, Suah Na, Halley Tsai.

Creator: Dylan Tat-Lun Kwok. Contributors: Hyejin Ahn, Maarit Eskola.

Rock City:
Creator: Arkkitehdit Anttila-Rusanen Oy; Jesse Anttila, Mikko Rusanen, Maarit Virkkunen, Lassi Hackman, Jukka Timonen.

The Owls Go:
Creator: Made In Architects; Manuel Alvarez Monteserin-Lahoz, Beatriz Pachòn Castrillo, Javier Simó de
Pedro, Laura Martín Dominiques, Ignacio Alvarez Monteserin-Lahoz, Jaime López Garcia, Javier Gutiérrez, Alicia Domingo Medrano, Max Sverre Stenersen, Eli-na Theno.

Creator: Karin Krokfors. Contributors: Matús Pajor, Arvi Mäkitalo. Street and traffic planning: Finnmap Infra Oy, Marko Ranta, Traficon Oy, Jaakko Tuominen.

Helsinki Gateway:
Creator: Effekt; Signus Lynge, Tue Hesselberg Foged, Simon Sjökvist, Gorka Galzada Medina, Toni Rubio Soler, Matias La-barca Clausen, Monica Capitano, Morten Vesberg Hansen, Agate Kalnpure, Andris Rubenis.

Press material for the competition in the City of Helsinki Media Bank:

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