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