Aviapolis is a gateway from Finland to the world | MANDAWORKS

Aviapolis is a gateway from Finland to the world. 20 million passengers will pass through the bustling Helsinki-Vantaa air-traffic hub in 2020. The airport introduces a rich cultural exchange to Aviapolis and forms a junction where local life meets global flows. There are consequences for this richness, the busy airport and air traffic place a significant strain on the local environment.

The circular economy system | By constructing a resource-efficient neighbourhood that involves local residents and is connected to the world, Aviapolis can become a flagship project for circular economy and shared systems thinking.
A dense city grid – The structure breaks down the large frame plan into finer grained blocks that are human scaled and walkable.

Our proposal for the first development phase of Aviapolis enhances the area’s potential for hosting culture and lifestyle exchange while addressing the environmental challenges through innovative circular and collective systems. Where the world meets Finland a new vibrant and resilient city district will rise.

Vibrant social pockets | A binding network of social pockets supports a variety of functions and scales.
Rälssitie boulevard and Atomi as educational catalyst | Indoor and outdoor public life that generates year round social interaction on neighbourhood scale.

As an extension of the local context, Aviapolis grows into a dense city grid. The structure breaks down the large frame plan into finer grained blocks that are human-scaled and walkable. At the clash of grid directions, the existing vegetation and water are preserved and strengthened into an inviting central park structure, creating the neighbourhood’s main social space.

Park activities | The existing vegetation and water are preserved and strengthened into an inviting central park structure, creating the neighbourhood’s main social space.
Block diversity | The Aviapolis block embraces diversity, encouraging a combination of building heights, typologies, configurations and uses.

 

Aviapolis

Designer | Mandaworks
Project Team | Patrick Verhoeven, Martin Arfalk, Andrei Deacu, Alessandro Macaluso, Mariada Stamouli,  Giulia di Dio Balsamo
Collaborators | MASSLAB