Aviapolis Urban Blocks - a living airport city

Open international ideas competition

Join us in getting inspired by Aviapolis, the most rapidly growing business center in Finland, which is becoming a true, versatile and living airport city with housing, jobs, as well as public and private services. Aviapolis—a hub of international and national transport and passenger flows—is situated in the middle of Finland’s metropolis. It is easy to reach by plane, train or car.

Future cities are built close to busy airports, and this is also true of Aviapolis. The Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport is an important hub for air traffic between Europe and Asia, and annually more than 17 million passengers pass through it. Meanwhile, the Ring Rail Line brings the metropolis together. 150 000 people can access Aviapolis by train in less than half an hour.

Housing, jobs, as well as public and private services are planned in the competition area. We are looking for synergistic and innovative solutions that will create sustainable and feasible frames for these solutions as well as provide the area with a unique image and identity. The competition area amounts to 15.6 hectares, situated in Aviapolis, the district of Veromies that is right beside the Helsinki-Vantaa airport.

Plans for the area aim at turning the present block structure into a smaller city of blocks where walking is favored. Block efficiency shall be fairly large and the street environment urban. To complement efficiency and the compact street network, there will be an urban green structure, consisting of block parks, green inner courts, trees along the streets, and a few large parks. The area as a whole will be based on mass transit routes, while the street environment will be planned according to pedestrians’ scale.

The ideas competition aims to create an idea-level plan for the basis of the area's land use and local detailed plan. The competition is open and international. The competition period is from Jan. 16 to April 28, 2017. The winner will be picked in the summer of 2017.

The competition program is published online at this site on January 16, 2017. The appendices to the competition program and questions and answers related to the competition will also be published online.

The competition is arranged by the City of Vantaa together with the local private landowners: YIT Oyj, Kiinteistö Oy Rälssitie 16, Kiinteistö Oy Vantaan Paavontalo, L-House Oy, and DBC Systems Oy in cooperation with the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA).