Hiedanranta Watermarks, Tampere, Finland


Hiedanranta Watermarks (HW) is AR Urbanism’s award winning submission to the international competition for a 40ha brownfield regeneration masterplan in Tampere, Finland’s second city. The brief asked for a future city district with an urban, dense structure and an adaptable, green and low-carbon character. Water and heritage are the basis of Hiederanta Watermarks, with a new and distinctive identity growing from the adjacent Lielahti Lake and existing heritage factory buildings, into a strong central park which includes the new tram route. This is a forward-looking and resilient development solidly rooted in its historic character. There are three distinct neighbourhoods with approximately 25,000 new residents as well as 380k sqm of commercial and retail space and new community and leisure infrastructure (50k sqm), all built around a new tram route from the centre of the city which will allow the lake edge to be a focus for pedestrian and cycle users.

The jury was particularly impressed by the treatment of the waterfront:
“The presented design connects the island area and the shoreline well with the factory. The formalistic approach creates an elegant composition of strips of blocks and a green belt. The areas are very clearly defined. The islands have a distinctive structure, and the main curve creates a clear border to the blocks. The lakeside seems to be the most extensively studied part of the proposal and its spatial arrangement creates an impressive arrival.”


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