The architectural competition for Tapiola Cultural Centre, Kulttuuriaukio Square and their immediate surroundings has been won by a proposal called Uusikuu (‘New Moon’) designed by Verstas Arkkitehdit Oy in collaboration with Arkkitehdit Mustonen Oy, which helped design the Cultural Centre, and Loci maisema-arkkitehdit Oy, which handled the landscape design.
According to the jury, Uusikuu is the best solution in terms of functionality for the renewal and expansion of the Cultural Centre. It best complements and refines the built-up cultural environment of Tapiola while respecting the existing architecture.
“The architecture of Uusikuu is natural and high in quality. The measures proposed sit naturally in the building, opening carefully considered views from the current Cultural Centre towards the Central Basin,” states Olli Isotalo, Chairman of the Jury.
“The designers have addressed and solved the functional development and expansion needs of the existing building with ease and economy of expression. This will create an unforgettable and inspiring place and an attractive area around the Central Basin and Kulttuuriaukio Square.”
“The square will border on Espoo’s new theatre and the modernised facilities of the Cultural Centre, with the grand entrance to the theatre foyer as the dominant feature. The soft shapes of the square will invite people to spend time, attend events and even play. Kulttuuriaukio Square will become a new hub bursting with life in the heart of Tapiola that respects the spirit of the Garden City,” describes architect Ilkka Salminen of Verstas Arkkitehdit.
Winning team to continue the design
According to Isotalo, there are now good preconditions for making rapid progress on the modernisation of the Cultural Centre, Kulttuuriaukio Square and their immediate surroundings.
“The planning of the area will continue based on the winning proposal. It is a challenging task from the designer’s perspective because the area is very busy and multi-faceted, combining housing, commercial services, cultural activities and the built-up cultural environment of Tapiola. There is also another project pending for a new hotel and cinema complex situated at the southern edge of Kulttuuriaukio Square and the adjacent Central Tower.”
Cultural Centre and Kulttuuriaukio Square architectural competition
Conceptual rendering: Verstas Arkkitehdit