Campus 215: Otaniemi Central Campus of Aalto University

Sponsor: Aalto University Properties

Type: Open, International, two-stage

Language: English

Fee: None

Eligibility: Architects registered in their country of origin or employment


10 August 2012 – 1st stage submissions due

November 2012 – Announced shortlist of 2nd stage participants (6)


Total: €300,000

Stage I – Six shortlisted firms to receive 20,000 Euros to go to Stage II

Stage II:

1st prize €60,000

2nd prize €45,000

3rd prize €30,000

and at least three purchases of €15,000 each

Design tasks for stages I and II

The purpose of Phase 1 of the competition is to design an attractive, lively centre for the campus area. The floor area to be located in the competition area is between 48 000 – 52 000 m2 (gross floor area). Additionally, a complementary building area of 8 000 m2 is indicated to be located on the site of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

The competition task in Phase 2 is to produce a more detailed functional design for the buildings. The buildings will primarily be used by Aalto University. The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) will use the majority of the spaces.

Objectives of the competition:

To find a comprehensive central campus model that:

1. Supports the achievement of Aalto University’s objectives and the construction of the new university’s identity as part of the Otaniemi science and arts community.

2. Creates a central square that is a pleasant meeting place and buildings that constitute an impressive landmark, responding to the challenges posed by its distinguished location.

3. Constitutes a high-quality solution in terms of the urban landscape and architecture, with a balanced relationship between the central square, the buildings and the open areas surrounding it and successfully melds together new and contemporary building siting, volumes, masses and materials.

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