Rethinking the problem as the solution.
“The train, very important to connect Kuopio with the whole country, is here generating problems. Cuts the city in two.
We decided to change that problem going straight over it. Why not to recycle this wasted space that the train is stilling to the city
and make it the main spine of a new “bridge development” that connect perfectly the otherwise isolated zones?
All over the train railway we have created a pedestrian bridge street that will be very attractive for Kuopio inhabitants, with a Wellness Center on it, full of shops, restaurants, cafes, gym, etc.
This bridge street could be on the same current ground level if we dig a tunnel for the train, but also can work keeping the train as it is and developing the street on a + 7 m level, very well connected them to the main road coming into the city on our West plot side.
We bet for density as a sustainable and profitable way of making city.
Instead of building all over the South railway plot zone, which apparently could be the easiest place to bring up the enti re project
brief, we decided to concentrate the buildings program on both sides of our Pedestrian Wellness Center Bridge Street. Thanks to
that we have a lot of advantages:
- We win a new park!
- We concentrate activity close to the Wellness Center and commences!
- It is cheaper and more sustainable!
Building with density reduces the impact of construction and allows us to concentrate and make more efficient building MEP´s.
For making more attractive the commercial street, the proposed buildings have a singular shape, inspired in very different and
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Designed by OOIIO Architecture.
TEAM: Joaquin Millán Villamuelas, Sergio González Gómez, Patricia Moreno Blasco, Lorena Villoria Casado, Maria Soledad Antón Vicente, Juan Naranjo García, Cristi na Vicario del Cojo.
Location: Kuopio, Finland.
Area: 32.173 m2 of housing -apartments-, 11.902 m2 of housing -residences-, 10.200 m2 of commercial -wellness center-
Area Total: 54.275 m2.
OOIIO Architecture, with headquarters in Madrid (Spain) and Lima (Perú), has been Awarded with the 2nd Prize on the Europan
2013, an internati onal open competition for the re-devolvement of a city area and the design of a large number of housing units
in Kuopio, Finland.