The open ideas competition for the Kakolanmäki hill closed in late October, and the jury unanimously decided not to award the first prize, but distributed two second prizes instead. The prize-winning proposals are:
Shared second prize (€ 40 000)
Designer: Pekka Helin, Architect SAFA Finland, pseudonym ”Linnavuori”
Shared second prize (€ 40 000)
Designer: Andrew Lee, Australia (Great Britain), pseudonym ”K”
The third prize (€ 28 000) was awarded to pseudonym ”102004”, designers: Artur Szwaja, Katarzyna Furgalinska, Michal Kanas, Michal Lisinski, Anna Porebska and Adam Zwierzynski, from Poland.
In addition, the jury decided to redeem three proposals (€ 14 000 each).
The purpose of the competition was to find a high-quality solution for a basis of city planning, for integrating the area naturally into the urban structures around it, and for a new purpose of use of the old prison buildings. In addition to creating ideas for the physical environment, the participants were asked to give ideas for functions and combinations of functions suited to the area. In the planning work, the recreational use of the area and the underground water purification plant under construction were to be taken into account. Furthermore, the participants were expected to come up with land use or cityscape solutions for repairing the damaged terrain.
The jury thought that the competition entries were of high quality and illuminated the task in numerous ways, although the final solution for the area will be made during the further development of the city plan. Nevertheless, the jury found a number of creditable, high-quality solutions developed for different aspects of the competition area, and by combining their best elements it is possible to create a versatile and functioning plan. As for functional ideas, the results were scarcer than expected. Hotel, conference, art, leisure, research, residential etc. functions were repeatedly proposed as new purposes of use for the old prison buildings.
The invitation to the open international ideas competition for Kakolanmäki was published on 26 May 2004. A total of 98 proposals were submitted by the due date, and 97 of them were approved for evaluation. The competition also aroused interest internationally, as two thirds of the proposals were drawn up in English and seem to have been made outside Finland.
The works in the competition can be viewed by the public as follows:
- Awarded proposals are displayed in the lobby of the Sigyn Hall (Linnankatu 60), and
- other works at the Sirkkala barracks (Kaivokatu 12, 1st floor, entrance in the courtyard) from 4–8 April from 2–6 p.m. and on 9 April from 12–4 p.m.
For more information about the competition, please contact:
- Aleksi Randell, Jury Chair, Chairman of the City Board, Tel. +358 50 559 0155
- Timo Hintsanen, City Planning Director, Tel. +358 2 262 4264, +358 50 558 9264
The evaluation records of the competition and pictures of the awarded proposals can be viewed on the City of Turku media bank at the address http://www.hansabase.com/press/turku/kakolanmaen_arkkitehtikilpailu.html?Lang=eng
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