Pargas

  • Location: Pargas, Finland
  • Client: City of Pargas
  • Program: Urban Plan, Guest harbour, hotel, housing, sports & play
  • Size: 17000 m2
  • Year: 2017
  • Status: 1st prize competition, local detail plan design on-going
  • Collaborators: Schauman Arkkitehdit
  • Team: Ted Schauman, Jonas Nordgren, David Monteiro, Sara Zapotoczna, Ludvig Holtenäs
A re-connected qualitative harbour front for the flaneur

The maritime limestone landscape

Pargas Maritime Limestone Landscape takes its starting point in a thorough analysis of the city, its history, structure, character, potentials, and challenges. The plan introduces an urban loop that connects the public spaces of the harbourfront to the surrounding public spaces and the pedestrian street, which today ends with the harbour area. The loop, a beach boulevard, invites and directs the flaneurs of the city to enjoy a series of attractive public spaces along with it. The idea is to strategically position the new functions along the promenade and thereby making the harbour a “string of pearls” destination for inhabitants and visitors alike

The design principles are rooted in the city’s historic and cultural context.

The harbour becomes a natural, recreational, extension to the city center. In addition to introducing a strategic plan for the area, the project also introduces a compositional design principle that is rooted in the city’s historic and cultural context. The nearby limestone quarry and its large layered open landscape functions as inspiration for this principle

Layers of limestone formations, it creates a specific design identity that is rooted in the surrounding man-made landscapes

The activity landscapes, consisting of sports and playgrounds, a beach, piers and the promenade, refer back to the landscape of the quarry. With its layers of limestone formations, it creates a specific design identity that is rooted in the surrounding man-made landscapes. Pargas Maritime Limestone Landscape” makes the waterfront accessible and introduces a new attraction by the beautiful bay of Snäckviken. It will be the place in Pargas where you can enjoy ice cream on the pier, the beautiful view, play tennis or take a dip in the sea after enjoying the heat of the sauna.

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