Kauppatori Market Square
Location: Turku, Finland
Program: Urban space
Size: 3 ha
Collaborators: Schauman Arkkitehdit
Team: Ted Schauman, Jonas Nordgren, Ludvig Holtenäs
The vision for Kauppatori, “A strong heart – A strong city center” is to connect the square in street level and underground to the surrounding urban spaces and shopping facilities as well as enhance the infrastructural connections to the neighborhoods of Turku. This project proposes four comprehensive strategies to procure a strong public domain in the heart of Turku. The strategies unfold diverse experiences and an attractive urban setting for the citizens and visitors of the city.
Old or young, wealthy or poor, the new heart of Turku will be met as a tangible coherent experience with great urban spaces, both outdoor as well as indoor. By proposing a new underground bus terminal, new and upgraded functions, as well as better pedestrian connections, the citizens will once again have the possibility to regain Kauppatori Market Square as their urban living room. The current well functioning daily market will be framed by street -and city life instead of heavy bus traffic.
Fluent connections to the adjacent city blocks (Forum, Sokos/Wiklund, Kultatalo, Hansakortteli), both underground and at street level, will secure the potential for a successful revitalization of the urban heart of Turku. Kauppatori market square will, with these four strategies, regain the glory of its past and take a big leap towards a successful 21st century Turku.