An invitational architectural competition will be held for the spa hotel to be designed for Taivallahti in Helsinki. The aim is to create a centre providing spa and accommodation services along Hietarannantie in Etu-Töölö, which would fit in with the valuable landscape of Taivallahti.
The aim of the competition is to find a feasible plan for a spa hotel and recreational areas. The plan in question would for the most part conform with the current detailed plan and be of high quality in terms of cityscape.
The competition is being used to seek out solutions that utilise wooden construction as much as possible. The building should connect naturally with the nearby park Sigurd Frosteruksen puisto, the development of which is also topical.
The competition is being organised by the City Of Helsinki and the Finnish Association of Architects together with the hotel project operator, German company Soulmade. The investor for the project is the German company Arcon Vermögensverwaltung GmbH + Co KG.
Architecture to be harmonised with the environment
The 2–3-storey building to be constructed on the plot will consist of approximately 12,300 floor square metres, of which the spa would take up at least one third.
There have been plans to build a spa hotel in Taivallahti for several years. The detailed plan that facilitates the hotel project has been in effect since 2009. The City looked for a builder for the plot for the first time in 2012, but the project only got started this year after finding an investor.
Helsinki City Board’s Economic Development Sub-committee reserved the plot in June for Arcon Vermögensverwaltung GmbH + Co KG for the planning of the spa hotel. The planning reservation will be valid until the end of 2020.
The invitational architectural competition will take place between 2 September and 31 October 2019. Five Finnish architectural firms were invited to participate in the competition, with the choice of participants made emphasising experience in designing buildings in valued environments and expertise in designing wooden buildings.
After the competition, the City will start a separate project advancing the plans for the park Sigurd Frosteruksen puisto, which is connected to the plot of the spa hotel.
The firms chosen for the competition were chosen by the hotel operator Soulmade. The decision will be made by a jury that also has representatives from the City of Helsinki and the Finnish Association of Architects.
Soulmade wishes to contribute to sustainable development by utilising techniques of wooden construction and challenging the limits of serial architecture, among other things.
If the project progresses as planned, the construction of the spa hotel could be started in 2021 according to preliminary estimates.