Kumpula Campus

  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Client: City of Helsinki, University of Helsinki, Senate Properties
  • Program: Urban Planning
  • Size: 85000 m2
  • Year: 2019-
  • Status: 1st prize, invited competition, on-going
  • Collaborators: MASU Planning, Schauman Arkkitehdit, WSP Finland
  • Team: Ted Schauman, Jonas Nordgren, Kristian Kontula, Lasse Vejlgård Kristensen, Emanuele Biscaro, Paulina Schroeder, Erik Huhtamies, Francesca Bellú
A neighborhood where the boundaries between learning, research, living, and working disappear

A diverse, urban and green campus environment

The “Kumpula Campus” vision is based on developing a diverse, urban campus structure for the 21st century – a neighborhood where the boundaries between learning, research, living, and working disappears. Currently, in an area characterized by large fields of parking, the immediate context of the large science institutions will be developed towards an intimate urban space where residents, students, employees, and children reside on equal terms.

The existing forest landscape of the hill plays an essential role in the identity of the place

The intricate structure of streets, alleys, and green public spaces encourage the users to informally interact and socialize with each other – aiming at establishing a stronger synergy between the different users. The existing forest landscape of the hill plays an essential role in the identity of the place, and one of the goals of the plan is to preserve as much as possible the forest that faces recreational Vallila valley in the south.

The aim is to increase liveliness in the area also after the students and researchers have stopped their daily work

The majority of the new urban structure is proposed as housing. The aim is to increase liveliness in the area also after the students and researchers have stopped their daily work. The ground floors of the buildings contain extrovert functions such as co-working spaces, offices, start-up garages, cafés, and shops. These spaces can be rented out for new start-up firms and single-person firms who want to take the leap from university life to entrepreneurship.

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