Cultural Centre and Kulttuuriaukio Square architectural competition

Espoo Cultural Centre and Kulttuuriaukio Square in Tapiola will be renewed and integrated even more closely with central Tapiola. The Cultural Centre will become an increasingly versatile cultural cluster. It will also house the new premises of the Espoo City Theatre. Kulttuuriaukio Square will become an attractive location that livens up central Tapiola. The square will be linked to the surrounding properties and their functions, offering experiences and activities for people of all ages.

To find a suitable design, the City of Espoo will launch an architectural competition. The competition covers the area of the current Cultural Centre, Kulttuuriaukio Square and the blocks around it.

Conserving the traditions and values of Tapiola Garden City

The purpose of the competition is to find a solution and ideas for the expansion and renovation of the Cultural Centre and to lay down groundwork for a town plan change in the location. Competition entries are expected to be of a high functional and architectural quality with a strong emphasis on the future. The designs should take account of Tapiola’s traditions, families and children, and the architectural value of the Cultural Centre.

The goal is to link the Cultural Centre better to the surrounding public areas, particularly Kulttuuriaukio Square and the Central Basin. The new Cultural Centre will have three large auditoriums for performances, a spacious modern library, and café and restaurant services. It will be a unique cultural cluster that respects Tapiola’s traditional values. The building of Tapiolan Urheilutalo Oy and the Kaupinkallio car park will be replaced by apartments, business premises and services.

Winner to be announced in January 2019

In the first stage of the competition, the City invites design teams to express their interest in the project. Five multidisciplinary design groups among them will be asked to submit an actual competition entry. The competition will begin before Midsummer. All entries must be submitted on 26 October 2018 at the latest.
The entries will be presented for public feedback in November 2018. The competition jury will make its decision in January 2019.
The new, increasingly versatile Cultural Centre will open for the public in 2025.