ARA-Home 2049 Housing Competition

Sponsor: The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland; City of Lahti; the Lahti Science and Business Park, and the departments of architecture at the Tampere University of Technology, Aalto University and the University of Oulu.

Type: Open, international, student

Language: English

Location: City of Lahti, Finland

Fee: None


1st prize EUR 5,000

2nd prize EUR 3,000

3rd prize EUR 2,000


3 September 2012 – Competition seminar

7 September 2012 – Q&A deadline

30 November 2012 – Submittal deadline

The results of the competition will be published on ARA day on 17 January 2013.

The jury members are:

Sampo Vallius Development architect ARA

Helena Berg Head of communications ARA

Markku Hedman Professor Tampere University of Technology

Hannu Huttunen Professor Aalto University

Jouni Koiso-Kanttila Professor University of Oulu

Markus Lehmuskoski Town planning architect City of Lahti

Johanna Palomäki Master plan architect City of Lahti

Vesa Ijäs Head of Development Lahti Science and Business Park

Design Challenge:

Competitors are invited to submit not only individual design ideas but also overall concepts for housing of the future at the city block level. The purpose is to find innovative and unexplored housing solutions. The competition brief is to outline what social rented housing might look like in 2049 and to design an ARA-financed residential building or group of buildings in the Sopenkorpi district in Lahti. What is important in this brief is to identify with the situation on the ground and to create a bold vision for the future. The aim is for entrants to consider the problem field of housing in the future and to identify themes to explore in more detail in their design.

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