An international ideas competition started off on 15 May 2019 in
Viinikanlahti, a highly exciting area close to Tampere city centre.
Competitors get to design a housing area of over 3,000 residents on the
shores of Lake Pyhäjärvi, as well as a leisure time environment for the
locals and tourists. With a population of roughly 370,000, the
sustainably growing Tampere is the largest inland city in the Nordic
Countries and, together with the neighbouring municipalities, forms the
second-largest urban area in Finland.
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An international ideas competition started off on 15 May 2019 in Viinikanlahti, a highly exciting area close to Tampere city centre. Photo by: Lentokuva Vallas.
The aim of the ideas competition, which is open to all, is to create a
new and ecologically sustainable city district that boasts high-quality
architecture and meets the needs of the 21st century. The competition
task is exceptionally interesting: the unique Viinikanlahti area has the
most beautiful lake views in the centre of Tampere, but also involves
environmental challenges. The size of the competition area (land and
water) is roughly 0.4 hectares. The wastewater treatment plant currently
operating in the area will be moved elsewhere. After the competition,
both a master plan and a local detailed plan will be prepared for the
area. The environment will be cleaned and the new city district
constructed in phases between 2024-2035.
The international ideas competition is organised mainly digitally, and
is expected to attract plenty of participants from Finland and abroad. A
total of 165,000–345,000 euros will be awarded in prizes in the
two-phased competition, the winner of which will be selected in April
2020. The competition is organised by the City of Tampere in cooperation
with the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA) and the Association of
Finnish Landscape Architects (MARK).
The economy of the City of Tampere focuses on services and
high-technology. Innovative, digital, and sustainable smart city
solutions are being created in the region together with companies,
research institutions, municipalities, and residents. The population of
Tampere is increasing by over 3,000 residents a year. New construction
is constantly being implemented in the area, and new ecological and
low-emission solutions are needed to enable the carbon-neutral and
sustainable growth of the city in accordance with its strategy.