LOCATION

Vantaa, Finland


DATE
2017-2018


SIZE
15.6 ha


TYPE

Plan Development

STATUS

Assignment completed

CLIENT

City of Vantaa

PROJECT TEAM
Patrick Verhoeven, Martin Arfalk,

Andrei Deacu, Alessandro Macaluso, 

Mariada Stamouli, Giulia di Dio Balsamo, Emilia Puotinen


COLLABORATORS

MASSLAB 

Where the World Meets Finland

Vision for a globally-connected and resource-efficient neighbourhood

Aviapolis is a gateway from Finland to the world. 20 million passengers will pass through the bustling Helsinki-Vantaa air-traffic hub in 2020. The airport introduces a rich cultural exchange to Aviapolis and forms a junction where local life meets global flows. There are consequences for this richness, the busy airport and air traffic place significant strain on the local environment.

Our proposal for the first development phase of Aviapolis enhances the area’s potential for hosting culture and lifestyle exchange, while addressing the environmental challenges through innovative circular and collective systems. Where the world meets Finland a new vibrant and resilient city district will rise. 

As an extension of the local context, Aviapolis grows into a dense city grid. The structure breaks down the large frame plan into finer grained blocks that are human scaled and walkable. At the clash of grid directions, the existing vegetation and water are preserved and strengthened into an inviting central park structure, creating the neighbourhood’s main social space. 

World

Finland

Where the World Meets Finland

1. Site today + Context grid

2. Extending the grid

3. Blue and green binding the grids

4. Atomi education catalyst

5. Shifting structure makes room for social pockets

6. Social atoms variety giving energy for life and local identity

A dense city grid

The structure breaks down the large frame plan into finer grained blocks that are human scaled and walkable. 

Vibrant social pockets

A binding network of social pockets supports a variety of functions and scales. 

Traditional block

Redistributed mass

Aviapolis block

Variety of social spaces

Block diversity 

The Aviapolis block embraces diversity, encouraging a combination of building heights, typologies, configurations and uses.

Rälssitie boulevard and Atomi as educational catalyst

Indoor and outdoor public life that generates year round social interaction on neighbourhood scale. 

Typologies toolbox

Varied inside and out 

The typologies can be combined in various ways in order to optimise every block in relation to street profiles, light conditions, roofscape composition, and views. 

Public space in all levels

The organisation of the public space both vertically and horizontally allows for new ways of experiencing the urban landscape and creates possibilities for new communities to emerge.

Park activities

The existing vegetation and water are preserved and strengthened into an inviting central park structure, creating the neighbourhood’s main social space. 

World - Finland

Finland - Aviapolis

 Aviapolis - Neighborhood

The circular economy system

By constructing a resource-efficient neighbourhood that involves local residents and is connected to the world, Aviapolis can become a flagship project for circular economy and shared systems thinking. 

The shared city

The shared city of the future saves resources - spatial and energetic by sharing various functions in the urban structure and supports circular economy by building on local assets.

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