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SPEEDWELL
Type: Competition
Client: City of Turku
Size: 87 000 m2
Location: Turku, Finland
Status: Idea 2020
Team: Juhani Karanka, Yvonne Beck, Björn Silfverberg & Eliel

Open International Competition for Linnanniemi Area. SPEEDWELL offered a comprehensive overall vision as well as versatile and open-minded development options for historically and culturally important area comprising of Turku Castle, its surroundings and the western bank of the mouth of the Aura River.

The main concept was based on focusing on Nature and letting the landscape create and inspire the open-ended urban plan and architecture of the future. Thus the “hardware”, the built environment with its urban places, pathways, infrastructure and architecture mix, collide and fuse with the “software” of the human behavior and social interaction in order to give new meanings to the Linnanniemi Area.

The competition area was divided into three major parts that give both identity and diversity to the overall plan. In the Westside the new Museum of History and the Future is located as a landmark public building at the entry point to the Harbour and the Aura River. The building itself is integrated as part of the new cityscape and landscape by replacing the two existing ferry terminals, and by becoming the highlight of flâneuring along the Embankment with the possibility of walking on the roof of the Museum and admiring the views out to the Archipelago from the rooftop café and sauna.

The Aura Square and the Moon Pool are located at the urban intersection of the Museum’s outdoor exhibition areas, the southside of the Factory and the undulating Castle Park. This area is the social foci where the urban meets landscape, land meets water. The direct access to the Aura River offers the unique opportunity to arrive by boat directly to the center of activities with a view to the Turku Castle.



HUMINA
Type: Competition
Client: City of Tampere
Size: 164 000 m2
Location: Tampere, Finland
Status: Idea 2019
Team: Juhani Karanka, Yvonne Beck & Daniel Dahinten

Viinikanlahti International Urban Ideas Competition. Urban design concept for 3500 inhabitants living and working in hybrid-use WoodScrapers in car-free environmentonon the shores of Lake Pyhäjärvi.


INNERER GRABEN
Type: Collaboration project with archicult GmbH
Client: City of Würzburg
Size: 297 meters long backalley
Location: Würzburg, Germany
Status: Workshop 2015, research study 2016
Team: Studio Karanka & archicult GmbH

City of Würzburg comissioned an urban public participation workshop to look into the problems and possibilities of developing the narrow backalley in the city centre. The Innerer Graben is a 297 meters long backalley that varies in width between 5,86 to 10,70 meters. The results of the interactive workshop proved that the backalley was overrun by private cars, trashbins and traffic, leaving hardly any space for the inhabitants or urban green. The research study, made by using Kevin Lynch's and Jan Gehl's pragmatic theories on urbanism, documented the outcome and laid out future scenarios for further development of Innerer Graben as one of the most attractive pedestrian-green alleyways in Würzburg.


WOOD DIAMONDS
Type: Comission
Client: City of Kuopio
Size: 104 000 m2
Location: Kuopio, Finland
Status: Master Plan 2012-2013
Team: Juhani Karanka & team at SITO Consulting Company

Wood Diamonds is the Kuikkalampi-Lehtorinne Master Plan for over 2000 inhabitants living and working in wooden buildings in the heart of nature at the Saaristokaupunki in Kuopio. The Master Plan was made at the SITO Consulting Company in an interdisciplinary team made up of urban planners, architects, landscape architects, traffic and enviromental engineers. The approach was to preserve the Nordic nature, especially the endangered flying squirrel colonies, and plan all construction in areas with minimum impact on nature.


FLADA
Type: Competition
Client: City of Vaasa
Size: 172 700 m2
Location: Vaasa, Finland
Status: Idea 2013
Team: Juhani Karanka, Jari Lantiainen, Matti Kaijansinkko & Antti Luutonen

Urban Planning Ideas Competition to the former horse racing track in Vaasa. Human scale urban housing with car-free pedestrian pathways became one of the core ideas for this competition proposal. The white highrise building acts as the landmark and wayfinding symbol for the dense and low wooden housing area.


PIENPYSSÄYKSET
Type: Competition
Client: City of Mikkeli
Size: 277 100 m2
Location: Mikkeli, Finland
Status: Idea 2012
Team: Juhani Karanka & team at SITO Consulting Company

Urban Planning Ideas Competition to Satamalahti Bay Area in Mikkeli. This proposal contained multiple ideas for urban living by the freash water lake, including a LivingLab area for tiny houses and floating homes.


LITIUM
Type: Competition
Client: City of Hämeenlinna
Size: 172 700 m2
Location: Hämeenlinna, Finland
Status: Idea 2006-2007
Team: Juhani Karanka & Jari Lantiainen


Ideas Competition for the Urban Structure of the South Shore of Hämeenlinna Town Centre. The competition program requested for a variety of housing typologies, extensive ammount of office spaces, sports and recreation facilities and outdoor areas, shopping malls, parking structures, and a new central bus station.


MATTARAKKA
Type: Competition
Client: Saariselkä
Size: m2
Location: Saariselkä, Lapland (Finland)
Status: Idea 2005
Team: Juhani Karanka, Jari Lantiainen, Henrietta Lehtonen & Titta Tamminen


Ideas Competition for the Urban Structure of the South Shore of Hämeenlinna Town Centre. The competition program requested for a variety of housing typologies, extensive ammount of office spaces, sports and recreation facilities and outdoor areas, shopping malls, parking structures, and a new central bus station.


LITIUM
Type: Competition
Client: City of Vantaa
Size: 172 700 m2
Location: Tikkurila, Finland
Status: Idea 2000
Team: Juhani Karanka, Matti Kaijansinkko & Kimmo Lapintie


Ideas Competition for the Urban Structure of the South Shore of Hämeenlinna Town Centre. The competition program requested for a variety of housing typologies, extensive ammount of office spaces, sports and recreation facilities and outdoor areas, shopping malls, parking structures, and a new central bus station.


JAGUAARIN HYMY
Type: Competition
Client: City of Hämeenlinna
Size: 120 000 m2
Location: Hämeenlinna, Finland
Status: Idea 1991
Team: Juhani Karanka, Titta Tamminen & Harri Lauronen


Ideas Competition for the Varikonniemi Area in Hämeenlinna. The competition program requested for lakeside housing, a new town hall, cultural centre, archeological museum, a line of offices and park-and-ride facilities next to the main railway station.

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