Open Call for Entries: Helsinki High-rise competition kicks off
The State of Finland and City of Helsinki have launched a Competition for the design and construction of the Central Pasila Tower Area located in Helsinki.
The Helsinki metropolitan area is growing at a rapid pace, and Pasila is one of the major districts in Helsinki that is currently undergoing renewal. Pasila is the city’s most important public transport hub, and by 2040, it is estimated to have 30,000 residents and more than 50,000 jobs. Pasila railway station is the busiest station in Finland.
The area covered by the competition is located to the south of the new Pasila central block called Tripla and the railway station. The aim of the competition is to find a premium residential, office and retail concept that spans a total of 150,000–200,000 floor square metres. The local detailed plan and implementation of the tower area will be based on the winning concept. The organisers are also looking for a buyer and a developer for a start-up area of 40,000–65,000 floor square metres.
The two-phase competition concludes in summer 2018
The competition comprises two phases. The candidates start by preparing plan proposals for the entire area. The evaluation team assesses the quality of the proposals and selects 2–4 candidates to move on to the second phase.
During the second phase, the candidates prepare more detailed plans for the western part of the area and the start-up area. The start-up area will weigh more in the assessment of entries in the second phase. The steering group will hold negotiations on the development agreement with each candidate concerning the initial area.
Candidates will submit their plan proposals for the first contest phase in May 2017. The second phase will start in autumn 2017. Candidates will submit their plan proposals for the second phase in spring 2018, and the award decision will be made in summer 2018. Construction is estimated to start in 2021. The winning concept will be used as the basis for the local detailed plan.
Construction is already in full swing in Central Pasila
Construction is already in full swing in Central Pasila. The new Pasila central block called Tripla is under construction and it will connect the eastern and western parts of Pasila, the residential area that will be built in the north and the southern tower area.
“Pasila has interested architects for decades since times of Eliel Saarinen and Alvar Aalto. Now we are finally reaching a point when the different parts of Pasila combine into one district. The tower area is crucial for the new identity of Pasila,” says Dan Mollgren, Head of Project at the Helsinki City Planning Department.