Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects Through to Second Phase of Helsinki High-rise Competition
Today Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, alongside developers YIT Construction, were announced as having been successfully selected for the second round of the Helsinki High-rise Design-Build Competition with their design TRIGONI. Triangular prism towers – which create the density and functions needed to push the Pasila area into the international spotlight – are seated within a vibrant mix of park, commercial and urban areas which focus on the everyday inhabitant of the area. The competition is a move by the city to create proposals for the 150,000 – 200,000m2 Tower Area which forms part of a much larger urban strategy for the transformation of the city’s Pasila area into the business and lifestyle hub of Helsinki. TRIGONI, looks to answer the call of transforming Helsinki into an international focal-point for business and culture, whilst at the same time remaining true to the human-scale that the city has historically maintained, through its urban interventions at street level.
The Pasila Tower Area will become one of Finland’s first truly high-rise districts, as the typology is one not often explored within the country. In response to such a drastic change in the urban fabric, TRIGONI takes unique measures to match the new skyline silhouette with that of the existing urban structure, bridging the gap between high and low areas. And, despite the high-rise structures, pedestrians remained at the centre of the design.
With a rich history of projects both in Finland and internationally, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects are ideally positioned to provide an architecture which not only encapsulates the Finnish ideal and way of life, but is also capable of throwing the project into the international spotlight. “For the first time in Finland, we can develop a group of high rises that suits our circumstances and is of international level. This opportunity is unique – the goal is to create an impressive but technically simple high-rise concept,” says Professor Rainer Mahlamäki, who is the artistic director of the design team.
Beating a wide pool of national and international competitors, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects succeeded in passing through to the second phase of the project which will come to a close in autumn 2018, with construction hoping to begin in 2020-2021. When completed the development, situated adjacent to Pasila station, will bridge the gap between the East and West of the district, modernising and supporting what hopes to become Finland’s busiest train station in the 2020s.
Images by Brick Visual.