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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Tampere Travel and Service Center in Tampere, Finland by COBE and Lundén Architecture

October 7th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: COBE and Lundén Architecture

The international design competition for Tampere Travel and Service Centre was decided today at 11 AM Finnish time at Tampere City Hall, where Mayor Anna-Kaisa Ikonen unveiled the winning project. The winners are Danish architects COBE and Finnish Lundén Architecture in collaboration with Ramboll Finland and Newsec. The competition is the largest of its kind in Finland in many years.

Image Courtesy © COBE and Lundén Architecture

Image Courtesy © COBE and Lundén Architecture

  • Architects: COBE and Lundén Architecture
  • Project: Tampere Travel and Service Center
  • Location: Tampere, Finland
  • Client: City of Tampere, Finnish Transport Agency, VR-Group and Senate Properties
  • Engineer: Rambøll Finland
  • Property valuation: Newsec
  • Programme: New Travel and Service Centre for the City of Tampere, as well as a masterplan for the areas surrounding the railyard
  • Size: 120.000 m2
  • Assignment type: 1st Prize in competition in 2014

Image Courtesy © COBE and Lundén Architecture

Image Courtesy © COBE and Lundén Architecture

With the project ”Reconnecting Tampere”, Tampere Travel and Service Centre will be a new traffic hub in the heart of Finland’s second largest city, Tampere.

”Tampere’s new Travel and Service Centre has not only the potential to become a gateway to Tampere and the rest of Finland, but also the potential of becoming a generator for the future development of the urban center of Tampere. The vision, ”ReConnecting Tampere”, introduces an intermodal transportation hub in the heart of the city as well as a development plan for uniting the city center. By introducing a diverse urban structure that extends ffrom the east to west across the railyard, the project provides a solid and robust foundation for unifying the two sides of Tampere’s city center once and for all,” says Dan Stubbergaard, Founder and Creative Director of COBE.

Image Courtesy © COBE and Lundén Architecture

Image Courtesy © COBE and Lundén Architecture

As a main feature in the project, the station plaza will be Tampere’s new urban living room. A great roof structure hovering over the plaza and train tracks below will provide the visitor with an exceptional spatial experience. Fringing the station plazawill be a variety of functions; ranging from a new cinema, retail shops and boutiques, to housing and new office spaces. Large circular openings in the deck structure will give the visitors a good overview of the station below, and establish an easily understandable station area.

The project also proposes a new central park in Tampere located between the old and the new city center. It will be a green lung in the urban structure, and become a recreational meeting point in the very heart of the city. An arcade flanking the park, will provide the citizens with an active and qualitative edge zone that opens up towards the new urban space.

Image Courtesy © COBE and Lundén Architecture

Image Courtesy © COBE and Lundén Architecture

“All in all, Tampere will get a unique urban environment tying together East and West Tampere in a united city center”, says Eero Lundén, Founder of Lunden Architecture.

The international architectural design competition was conducted during the summer of 2014 and the winning proposal was selected in September 2014. Apart from the winning team, four other teams participated, including Alejandro Zaera-Polo & Maider Llaguno Architecture, Karres en Brands Landscape architecture + urban planning og KCAP Architects and Planners.

Image Courtesy © COBE and Lundén Architecture

Image Courtesy © COBE and Lundén Architecture

About COBE:

COBE was founded in 2005 and has since then pinned itself firmly on the Danish architecture map with a number of prestigious and award-winning projects – both realized and under construction. This includes The Library, Nørreport Station, Israel’s Square, the development of Nordhavnen and multiple kindergartens under way. COBE is led and owned by Dan Stubbergaard and employs approximately 60 dedicated architects, constructing architects, landscape architects and urban planners.

About Lundén Architecture:

Lundén Architecture is a Helsinki based office focused on larger strategic planning projects and smaller experimental projects exploring the possibilities of new design and manufacturing tools. The work includes the Töölönlahti master plan in Helsinki, new airport concept for Tampere and the Central Finland and wooden pavilions in Turku and Shanghai. Currently the office is designing a new school campus with three new school complexes in Pieksämäki. Lunden Architecture is led and owned by Eero Lundén.

About Rambøll Finland:

Ramboll Finland Oy is part of the Ramboll Group. Ramboll is a leading engineering, design and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945. We employ 11,000 experts and have a significant presence in Northern Europe, India and the Middle East. With more than 200 offices in 22 countries we emphasis local experience combined with a global knowledge-base.

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