Turku Market Square Pavilions
- Location: Turku, Finland
- Client: City of Turku
- Program: Mixed-use
- Size: 620 m2
- Year: 2016-2022
- Status: Completed
- Collaborators: Arco Architecture, Tuomas Uusheimo (Photos), Ludvig, Holtenäs (Photos), Venla Rautajoki (Photos)
- Team: Ted Schauman, Jonas Nordgren, Kristian Kontula, Lasse Kristensen, David Monteiro, Tymon Wolender
The pavilions rise like trees from the ground, introducing a warm and welcoming atmosphere on the market square.
A warm and welcoming meeting place
The roofs of the pavilions allude to the individual trees located around the cityscape around the market square. The cores stand with their wooden surfaces identifiable as tree trunks against the light, transparent glazed façades. The simple, yet powerful solution creates recognizable and idiosyncratic pavilion buildings for the market square, where they will stand as gathering places welcoming passersby at all hours and in all weather conditions.
A new meeting place where you can socialize
A large market square may seem gloomy and deserted at night as people return to their homes. The new pavilions offer the residents of Turku a new meeting place where you can socialize both during and after the operating hours of the market. In this way, the pavilions will become an obvious meeting point in the center of Turku regardless of the day, weather, or time of year.
2000 pieces of locally sourced pre-bent glulam beams
The wooden façades and ceilings establish the warm exterior appearance of the pavilions and are made of pre-bent glulam beams. The almost 2000 wooden beams (115×90 mm) are made of locally sourced spruce and built in a factory close to the site. The final surface geometry was formed by optimizing the radius and position of the glulam beams. In the end, only eight different radiuses were needed to generate the smooth wooden surfaces of the pavilions.