Location: Helsinki, Finland
Program: Transformation of bay area into citizens park
Size: 40.000 m2
Status: Commision 2015, on-going
Collaborators: Lundén Architecture, Rambøll Finland, Terramare Boskalis
Team: Dan Stubbergaard, Eik Bjerregaard, Ted Schaumann, Gianluigi D'Aloisio
The project transforms the polluted bay area, Töölönlahti, currently dividing Helsinki city centre in two, into an attractive green heart that unifies the city - a new citizens park for all of Helsinki. The project proposes new pedestrian and bicycle routes that will re-connect the surrounding neighborhoods with the bay area and provides an eventful promenade along the water, as well as cleaning the currently polluted bay. Like the purification of Copenhagen’s central harbour area at the end of the nineties, the water purification will be a catalyst for a major revitalization of Helsinki. A revitalization where Töölönlahti will become the main central urban space in Helsinki. A place where people from all over the city will swim in the water, sunbathe in the summer sun and drink evening coffee along the promenade.