Architecturestudio NOAN has won the international open competition to design a
new city district in Tampere Finland. Located on the southern edge of current city
centre, this old industrial and water treatment area will become a new part of the city
Viinikanlahti will create a new neighbourhood in the city of Tampere with its own
shoreline city identity. At the same time, the area defines the new Southern edge of
the city center and connects the shattered urban structure around it. The role as a
connector is significant for the area. It connects the southern recreational arboretum
shoreline parks to the city center and stretches the housing and services of the city
center towards south.
The design is based on the three central elements of the identity of Tampere: the
waterways in the city as a part of everyday life, the historical red brick buildings and
the future identity of urbanity and high rises.
1. The design strengthens the presence of the waterways in the urban structures
inherent to Tampere. With a versatile and fluctuating shoreline, the water is
strongly present in the life of the residents, in the public plazas and in the city
2. The area continues the recognizable series of historical red brick buildings
starting from the city center and continuing towards south. Brick has been
brought in as a central part of the new area as a modern interpretation of
traditional brick architecture. The strong motif of the roofs creates a recognizable
skyline for the neighborhood and gives a hint of its industrial and distinctive
3. The Viinikanlahti area is a strong part of the future identity of Tampere. High
volumes and the ambitious architecture of the area support the high-quality
development of the city centre and the construction of a remarkable lakeside city.
The plan introduces a continuous public shoreline park running through the new
area. This unified and unbroken green shoreline connects the area from East to
West and introduces a sequence of various park areas and habitats together with the
natural shoreline to the area.
Together with the soft natural edge created by the park areas, design introduces the
built urban shoreline edge. The position of the urban and natural edges will change
along the shoreline as well as the character of it. The soft green edge reflects the existing shoreline and the built edge allocates the urban shore areas eg. the harbour
and the main plaza.
Smart landfill will play a key role to create this new neighborhood. By mostly
following the current shoreline and focusing strategically the main landfill on one
location the land usage is maximised while the volume of the landfill is minimized. A
relatively small landfill allows for a fluent and efficient location for a pedestrian bridge
across the bay, as well as creating a compact and easily controllable harbour.
The city structure is based on public transportation. The urban structure is focused
along the Hatanpää highway and around the tram line, creating a dense city center
-like an urban backbone for the area. The new urban structure is extended to a point
where the new pedestrian bridge meets the new shoreline.
The design creates a characteristic and recognizable architecture and housing
environment to the area. Viinikanlahti will be defined by its unique yet harmonious
architecture. The variation in roofscapes and block typologies are focal elements in
forming the characteristics of the neighborhood. Varying heights and functions of the
roof level provide more views and places to enjoy the lake scenery.
On the ground level housing is strongly present, visible and interacting with the
public space. The first floors’ garden terraces dominate the streetscape and on the
rooftops, shared roof gardens bring life to the roof level.
Stormwater treatment is hardwired into the area working as a base for the landscape
design in Viinikanlahti. The network of stormwater treatment elements is connected
through the area into a seamless system of natural water treatment.