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Helsinki South Harbour masterplan

International Competition 2011

Client: City of Helsinki, City Planning Department
Team: FoRM Associates + Taller301 + Ramboll Helsinki

20/20 is a vision of a modern city that binds directly its history with its future. South Harbour is Helsinki’s exciting front door - a gateway where the community aspirations are located waiting to be discovered.
Grid (20x20) A new framework that integrates the historical city grid with the South Harbour, transforming it into a premier waterfront accessible to everyone living in and visiting Helsinki.
Genius loci (20/20) Arriving to Helsinki is unique – one of the few cities in the world, where passengers on large ferries arrive directly into the heart of the city.
Future (20/20) The masterplan vision links the narrative of the sea arrival with the experience of the harbour as part of 21st century creative, active and green Helsinki.
The masterplan placemaking is as much about connectivity and movement as it is about the static public spaces. The masterplan focuses on binding through urban landscape three areas:
Active Harbour: transforming and developing the Makasiini Terminal Into a major leisure and retail hub providing: Makasiini Terminal, leisure, retail and restaurants and new public realm green amenity space.
People’s Square: a key social and cultural space for people who live in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area as well as an international tourist destination. The new public realm will be a catalyst for the transformation of the former marine and industrial landscape into one that is of service to the community and not commercial infrastructure.
Creative Harbour: transforming and developing the East shore into a major culture industry hub supporting innovation, creativity and social enterprise. The concept envisages a container city being developed in sections as live and work units designed to produce an environment encouraging creative industries to adopt and develop this area. As opposed to the more urbanely structured surrounding city the Creative Harbour would be allowed to develop more loosely allowing for greater architectural and expressive identity.

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