Turku Railyard

  • Location: Turku, Finland
  • Client: City of Turku, Turun Ratapihan Kehitys Oy, VR
  • Program: Urban Planning
  • Size: 200000 m2
  • Year: 2018
  • Status: Invited competition
  • Collaborators: Schauman Arkkitehdit
  • Team: Ted Schauman, Jonas Nordgren, Lasse Vejlgård Kristensen, Kristian Kontula, Jaap van den Hoogen, Ella Kaira, Erik Huhtamies
The backbone of the vision is to continue the strict city grid of Turku into the new neighborhood

A vibrant extension of the Turku city center

The Turku Railyard proposal is based on introducing a unique neighborhood that is characterized by an urban city structure, multi-faceted public spaces, and a diverse set of experiences. The backbone of the vision is to continue the strict city grid of Turku into the new neighborhood that is built in the former railyard area. Thus, the aim is to make the railyard a natural continuation of the existing urban fabric of the city center.

The area is divided into three clear block structures, each one with its own identity

The area is divided into three clear block structures, each one with its own identity. The arena with its sports functions stands in the center as the core of the area. The western side’s block connects to the neighboring housing area while the eastern side contains the planned event and experience functions. These introduce a natural connection to the existing event center Logomo.

The new development introduces a natural, urban extension of the city center of Turku that can be developed in phases over time

Extending the city grid of Turku into the former railyard area introduces a natural, urban extension of the city center of Turku that can be developed in phases over time. The Engine Hall Plaza, which is located in the middle surrounded by the arena, its sports functions, the Music hall as well as the History museum, becomes an attractive all-year destination for citizens and visitors alike.

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