Transformation of Helsinki’s South Harbor –Makasiiniranta Quality and Concept Competition


Sponsor: City of Helsinki
Competition organizer: Mia Kajan (
Type: Open, International, two-stage
Official languages: English and Finnish
Eligibility: Professional architects
(City of Helsinki is organising a competition to find a partner for the development and implementation of Makasiiniranta at South Harbour. The competition is a two-phase quality and concept competition and it’s intended for operators in the construction and real estate industry or consortia formed by these, which have the technical, economic,  and other conditions to plan and complete a very demanding and high-quality construction project.)

Fees: none
27 May 2021 – Competition webinar
21 June 2021 – Registration deadline
30 September 2021 – Q&A deadline

18 December 2021 – Phase I Submission deadline
30 June 2022 – Phase II Submissions due (4 teams maximum)

A total of €250,000 will be distributed as prizes in the competition as follows:
1st prize €100.000
2nd prize €70.000
3rd place €40.000
4th place €40.000

• Mayor* (chair), City of Helsinki
• Anni Sinnemäki* – Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment, City of Helsinki
• Mikko Aho – Head of the Urban Environment Division, City of Helsinki
• Marja Piimies – Head of Detailed Planning, City of Helsinki
• Salla Hoppu – Leading Architect, planner of the area, City of Helsinki
• Jussi Luomanen – Head of Urban Space and Landscape Planning, City of Helsinki
• Sami Haapanen – Head of Land Property Development and Plots, City of Helsinki
• Johanna Björkman – Head of Cultural Environment, City of Helsinki
• Marja-Leena Rinkineva – Director of Economic Development, City of Helsinki
• Outi Säntti – Urban Development Manager, City of Helsinki
• Kees Christiaanse – Professor Emeritus, Architect (impartial expert)
• Leila Strömberg – City Architect, Head of Town Planning at City of Jyväskylä (impartial expert)
• Aino Aspiala – Representative of the Finnish Association of Landscape Architects (impartial expert)
• Markku Hietala – Senior Advisor (impartial expert)
* The current Mayor will change and the Deputy Mayor may change following the municipal election, 13 June 2021

Design Challenge:
• The objective of the competition is to develop the area as part of the expanding pedestrian city centre and the seaside trail around the shores of Helsinki for Helsinki residents to share and enjoy, and as a location for the new Architecture and Design Museum.

• A key goal of the competition is to produce an overall land use plan of exceptionally high quality and functionality that implements the City’s objectives in terms of land use, urban space and other aspects and serves as a basis for the future development, detailed planning and implementation of the area.

• Matters to be taken into consideration in planning an overall solution for the area include the landscape and cityscape values of the area, as well as the significance and identity of the location.

• The competition also involves brainstorming new functions and activities for the valuable buildings in the area with protection values kept in mind.
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Qualifications must be submitted to: