All images courtesy of COBE and Lundén Architecture
Danish architects COBE have won an international competition to complete a major transportation hub at the heart of Finland’s second largest city, Tampere. Working alongside local practice Lundén Architecture, the project will reconnect the region, serving not only as the gateway to the town, but also to the country as a whole.
Envisioned as tampere’s ‘urban living room’, a roof canopy hovers over a public plaza providing travelers with an expansive spatial experience. A variety of functions, including housing, offices and retail outlets will be organized around the square ensuring a lively and activated site, while large circular openings offer glimpses of the station and rail lines below.
The project also proposes a central park to be built between the old and the new city centers. An arcade flanking this green space will provide citizens and tourists alike with an active point of recreation that opens up towards the new urban space.
‘Tampere’s new travel and service center has not only the potential to become a gateway to tampere and the rest of Finland, but also the potential of becoming a generator for the future development of the urban center of tampere. The vision, ‘reconnecting tampere’, introduces an intermodal transportation hub in the heart of the city as well as a development plan for uniting the city centre.
‘By introducing a diverse urban structure that extends from the east to west across the railyard, the project provides a solid and robust foundation for unifying the two sides of tampere’s city center once and for all’, explains Dan Stubbergaard, founder and creative director of COBE.
‘All in all, tampere will get a unique urban environment tying together east and west tampere in a united city center’, adds Eero Lundén, founder of Lunden Architecture.