Although a country with few people and plenty of space, Finland’s capitol city Helsinki being located on a peninsula finds itself constantly constrained for space by the sea. Luckily the city sits above bedrock which is deep and which frequently punctures the ground. So Helsinki has increasingly used its bedrock to tunnel into and create an underground city. Now with over 400 documented underground facilities and 200 more planned, Subterranean Helsinki is probably one of the largest and most comprehensive underground city systems in the world for its size.
Kristo Vedenoja a Finnish Photographer runs a beautiful website Helsinki Facades that allow him to showcase his photography talent. Helsinki is a great subject for an urban photographer as it contains so many different Architectural styles and geographic conditions. Kristos manages to give a great flavour of the city.
OMA has teamed up with YIT one of the big developers active in Finland and submitted a design for the Pasila One competition. No one else tabled a bid so the city has a difficult decision to make and no reference group to refer to. The Pasila area has three basic redevelopment zones and Pasila One is the most eyecatching. It is the redevelopment of the train station and surrounding area, a large amount of service space and three super blocks worth of mixed use development three times the size of Kamppi in central Helsinki. The city wants to make it into a business and media hub, and clearly Pasila One sitting ontop of a crossroads between road and train access corridors has vast potential to be a great, busy, urban center ready to contribute an urban buzz to the surrounding area.
How good is the proposal though?
- tripla video (eng) Video (fin)
- Arkkivahti is not convinced about the OMA scheme.
- Pasila office development forming one of the other redevelopment zones.
ALA win the Heksinki Central Library Competition. The best of the six shortlisted entries wins, and a kind of homecoming from the preeminent office in Helsinki finally with a major public building in their hometown.
Pritzker Architecture Prize committee will not honor Denise Scott Brown‘s request for Pritzker recognition. It makes them look bad twice over refusing to acknowledge the fact of their collaboration, and for looking totally sexist too! See Kazys piece.
Jarret Walker of Human Transit nails it with cynisism is consent. Nothing should be welcomed more than constructive complaints.
The BBC charts out the future of thinking and breathing buildings and of cities as ecosystems.
2013 RIBA Awards winners announced. I’ve only had a cursory look at this but the list looks long and deep on quality.
Following the first proper post on declad about The Lego House, some more lego news.
To inspire more co-creations, LEGO has launched its Cuusoo platform in beta. Anyone can submit a project idea and those that reach 10,000 votes will be reviewed by LEGO and potentially turned into real products. If the project reaches production, the person who submitted the idea will receive 1% of the total net sales of the product. Via
Hapy Birthday Kevin Roche.