The competition aims to find an island solution that is high-quality in terms of urban space, architecture and landscape, as well as an organiser for the solution. The goal is to create an innovative, high-quality and attractive residential island that will increase the attractiveness of Eastern Helsinki. Approximately 35,000 m² of residential building rights and at least 700 m² of commercial space is planned for the block.
Currently, there is mainly water and marina docks in the planning area of the competition. The island will be connected to the mainland of Puotilanranta by two bridges, the design of which is part of the competition task. The starting point for the competition is planning a high-quality public shoreside path for the island, as well as a visitor attraction open to all, such as a restaurant.
The new island must be tailored to the Vartiokylälahti landscape
The starting points for the competition are unique: a residential project surrounded by the sea on all sides. The island has a central location in the cityscape of Vartiokylänlahti, and it will be visible both from the Vuosaari bridge and from the direction of the new Puotilanranta waterfront park. It is important for the competition that the new built environment fits into Puotilanranta's future cityscape and the green landscape of Vartiokylänlahti.
Particular attention will be paid to the impact of the plans on the underwater nature of Vartiokylänlahti. The condition of the seabed varies in the bay area and is weakest at the marina. The effects of the island's construction on the area's fish, currents and the bottom of the Vartiokylänlahti bay will be assessed in connection with the Puotilanranta plan proposal.
Competition proposals to be submitted for evaluation in December 2023
The Urban Environment Committee will discuss the Puotilanranta island competition in its meeting on June 6. The competition will start when the Committee approves it. Competition proposals must be submitted for evaluation no later than at 12.00 on 15 December 2023. In spring 2024, the City will hold negotiations with the applicants who best met the competition's evaluation criteria. The winner of the competition will be determined in spring 2024, after which the planning area will be reserved for the winner for approximately two years. The prerequisites for the implementation of the project will be investigated during the reservation process.