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Helsinski Waterfront

The Characteristics of Helsinki South Harbour / Area Strategies
City center of Helsinki is high density area for the urban life. Therefore offices, commercial and apartment buildings are located together in limited space. On the other hand, the South Harbour area will have opposite strategy as “low density” such as a park. Each area of the Harbour will be characterized depending on the existing urban context. North area will be a place for commercial market place same as the current condition, West area for the park, East for the cultural, and South for the educational facilities. These different usages enrich the city life along the seaside area.

1. MARKET AREA / NORTH
In this area, all the car traffic will be replaced to underground in order to extend public space as much as possible, and to have direct connection to the existing urban structure.

2. PARK AREA / WEST
This huge area where there is Makasiini Terminal (M4) will be covered with elevated ground. The port terminal facilities and parking areas will be re-located under the elevated ground. On the other hand, all the surfaces of the ground are covered with grass and with various trees as a park.

3. CULTURAL AREA / EAST
East side of the port area will be directly connected with the new bridge as a continuous promenade from Espranadi to Katajanokka terminal. In order to extend public area to the museum site, the sloped plaza is inserted to the museum building.

4. EDUCATIONAL AREA / SOUTH
Laicasillan Puistikko and Myllyrinne parks are separated from the existing urban structure. In order to have more accessiblibility to this place, a tunnel from the side of Olympia terminal and two slopes to the South and South-East are created. In the proposal, some existing structure for the storage will be re-used as a part of the library.