Submit your proposal for turning Makasiiniranta port into a “cultural heart” of Helsinki

The City of Helsinki, led by mayor Jan Vapaavuori, is looking for proposals from construction and real estate industry operators to turn the Makasiiniranta port into a “cultural heart” for Helsinki that activates the seafront while creating new public realms, amenities and architectural layers. The proposals must also include a design and architecture museum complex that will bring together the existing Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum Helsinki, reports Dezeen. This area was intended for Guggenheim Helsinki, however that project got cancelled in 2016 because the city council chose not to proceed with it.

Mayor Vapaavuori said: “As this global pandemic has upended how we use public spaces and facilities, it is an appropriate and important time to look ahead and create a long-term foundation for all future Helsinkians that makes best public use of a prime piece of the city’s seafront and to give it the prominence it deserves”.

Helsinki’s chief design officer, Hanna Harris stated: “This is a significant moment for urban development and the competition provides a canvas for new ideas, spatial uses, and design solutions that will improve the city of Helsinki on a long-term and sustainable basis. We have the opportunity to reassess and redefine what our city and its residents need as the best possible conditions for urban life, offering a place that prioritises accessibility for all.”

The proposals for Makasiiniranta area need to integrate the area with the surrounding urban fabric and fit with the City of Helsinki’s overall vision, which includes a commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2035. The development area is 83,000 square metres, extending from the northern edge of the Market Square’s Cholera Basin to the south side of the Olympia Terminal, on the northern corner of Kaivopuisto.

Plans must be submitted by December 2021. After that, a shortlist of four proposals will be asked to submit a further developed planning entry at the beginning of 2022. The winner will be announced in early autumn 2022. Photo: Deezen