JKMM Architects’ Recent Success in Two Architectural Competitions for Rethinking East Helsinki

November 06, 2020

The City of Helsinki has organised a series of architectural competitions to develop its Eastern parts. The area  is growing steadily and is now looking to adopt innovative, inspiring and sustainable solutions for further planning. 

JKMM Architects has been successful in two separate competitions in the region. The practice received an honorary mention for an invited competition to revisit Kontula’s Urban Centre.  JKMM was also shortlisted in the Helsinki East Urban Centre International Open Competition and was awarded for their proposal.

The competition to redevelop Kontula Urban Centre focusses on the local retail quarter and its surroundings. Its aim is to identify solutions that create a considered townscape with a range of ancillary facilities ad services, thereby  enriching the housing offer of the originally 1960s new town neighbourhood. Read more about the competition here.
The Helsinki East Urban Centre competition addresses the districts of both Itäkeskus and Puotila with the objective of improving the commercial activities available in the vicinity of the public transportation hubs.  The long term goal is to transform what is currently a transit-led experience in these districts into  a more urbane one that encourages both commuters and nearby inhabitants to spend time enjoying the newly designed public realm. Read more about the competition here

Kontula Urban Centre, Helsinki © JKMM
Kontula Urban Centre, Helsinki © JKMM
New East Center, Helsinki © JKMM
New East Center, Helsinki © JKMM
New East Center, Helsinki © JKMM