• 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: 110000 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 plan introduces a vision that takes its starting point in the existing industrial heritage of the site.

City of gardens

The former industrial area of Kangas is located about 1,5 km northeast of the city center 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 university campus is constituted of an informal, central, Wintergarden space that remains attractive throughout the year

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 master plan.

The garden structures are connected to each other in different ways depending on the functions in the area

Each one of these gardens has its own identity, function, and character. The City of Gardens introduces a high-quality mixed-use urban neighborhood for living, working, and learning. Its location close to the city center 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 lifestyle, which emphasizes local qualities, sense of belonging, and interaction.


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