Kangas – City of Gardens
Location: Jyväskylä, Finland
Client: City of Jyväskylä, Skanska construction Ltd, YIT construction Ltd, Jyväs Parkki Oy
Program: Mixed use, Urban Plan, Landscape, Housing, Office and Education
Size: 110.000 m2
Year: 2017 –
Status: Open Competition, 1st prize, on-going
Collaborators: Jouni Lehtomaa (traffic planning) Schauman Arkkitehdit
Team: Ted Schauman, Jonas Nordgren, Kristian Kontula, David Monteiro, Diogo Paixao, Sara Zapotoczna, Ludvig Holtenäs
The former industrial area of Kangas is located about 1,5 km north-east of the city centre of Jyväskylä and is characterized by the historically and culturally significant paper factory located in the heart of the area. The factory complex has been transformed into a creative campus used by the educational institutions of the city. The “City of Gardens” introduces a vision that takes its starting point in the existing industrial heritage of the site.
The linear, early 20th century, architecture of the old red brick factory building will function as a characterizing element throughout the new area. The industrial character is re-interpreted and reflected in the treatment of the new buildings, public spaces and the shared courtyards. The urban structure proposes a series of inter-connected courtyards – a diverse set of gardens that establish the backbone of the masterplan.
Each one of these gardens have their own identity, function and character. The City of Gardens introduces a high-quality mixed-use urban neighbourhood for living, working and learning. Its location close to the city centre of Jyväskylä, in a beautiful post-industrial context and in direct proximity to nature, creates a one-of-a-kind starting point for a sustainable life-style, which emphasizes local qualities, sense of belonging and interaction.