Helsinki (FI) - Winner
Team Representative: Lotta Maria Kindberg (FI) – architect
Associates: Rachel Sari-Dewi Murray (NZ), Nea Helena Tuominen (FI) – architect
The project deals with the expansion of Helsinki city towards the Eastern suburban area of Laajasalo, transforming a desolate highway into an active urban boulevard. Our design first identifies the site's existing places of productivity, and establishes a key East-West pedestrian street to connect them. At Laajasalo, we considered productivity in two ways: firstly, the existing urban amenities in the Eastern town centre; and secondly, the forest, wetlands and sea - an ecological production system - on the west. This link concentrates future mixed-use development along a city to sea connection, strengthening Laajasalo's identity and fostering community activity and vitality.