Hakaniemenranta idea competition entries displayed online and at Laituri
The planning of the Hakaniemenranta area of Helsinki proceeds with an idea competition. All competition entries are now on display and can be commented on until 28 February in the City of Helsinki online feedback service kerrokantasi.hel.fi.
The competition entries can also be seen until 23 February at the information and exhibition space Laituri at Narinkka 2 in Kamppi.
The feedback on the ideas for Hakaniemenranta will be compiled for use by the competition jury. The jury will select the winner in the spring.
The competition attracted wide interest, and the entries numbered more than 60. The competitors were asked to envision how to develop more housing and services in Hakaniemenranta while creating appealing waterfront areas open to all at the same time.
The ideas obtained from the competition for new city blocks, waterfront areas, parks and streets will be utilized in detailed planning and development. The starting point for the competition was the Hakaniemenranta detailed plan draft approved a year ago. This draft preliminarily defines the zones of five new city blocks, among other elements.
The idea competition is organized by the City of Helsinki in cooperation with the Finnish association of landscape architects MARK and the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA.
Major changes to take place in Hakaniemi
Hakaniemenranta (Hakaniemi waterfront) has been zoned for a great deal of new construction. Plans for a new hotel have advanced the most. The hotel would be placed in the vicinity of the Metallitalo property partially on landfill. The Hakaniemi bridge has reached the end of its service life and will be rebuilt. The new light rail connection from the city centre to Kruunuvuorenranta, to be completed in the 2020s, will pass through the area. Hakaniemi would also be home to a station of the proposed underground City Rail Loop (Pisararata).
“The current plans for Hakaniemenranta would change the area more than ever since the construction of the Merihaka blocks,” says architect Perttu Pulkka.
The planning of the Hakaniemi area is covered by a newsletter (in Finnish), which can be subscribed to at www.hel.fi/kaupunkiymparisto/uutiskirjeet.