Austria wins the Capital of Culture River Pavilion competition
River Pavilion Orko speaks out for the environment by cleaning the water in the River Aura
An Austrian-Finnish group has won the River Pavilion architectural competition organised by Capital of Culture Turku. The winning entry will receive a 10,000 euro prize. The design competition was well received by the architect community, even though the competition was organised in Finnish. Altogether 178 competition entries from over 10 countries were submitted, from as far away as Australia.
In the proposal by three Austrians and one Finn, a pavilion called Orko will be built on the River Aura. The pavilion will feature a green roof that cleans the water flowing in the river. The design takes a firm stand for the environment.
The competition also recognised works by architects from Oulu and Helsinki, who will receive 7,500 euro and 5,000 euro, respectively. In addition, the organisers bought two of the participating works for 2,500 euro each, and provided three entries with honourable mentions.
”The competition yielded a wealth of interesting, high-quality entries. The winning entries stood out for their innovativeness and for their qualities that meet the criteria we set. The end result of the competition exceeds all expectations,” says Timo Hintsanen, Chairman of the Award Committee.
The winning proposal was designed by Austrian architects, Titusz Tarnai, Peter Jellitsch and Christian Tonko, and Finnish Bachelor of Arts, Aino Korvensyrjä.
According to the competition entry description, Orko is a hydroponic pavilion in which “the water, the plantings, the digital audiovisual technology, and the experimental visual and sound arts all come together.” Orko will create an experimental water reactor that is based on algae’s ability to absorb phosphates and nitrates from the water. Water from the River Aura will be collected in an isolated pool on the roof of the pavilion, where the algae will process and clean the water.
“The architectonic quality and visionary environmental statement of the winning entry was revealed little by little for the Award Committee while the entries were being evaluated. It will be absolutely fantastic if the design will not only serve as a venue for changing cultural events, but also create a positive environmental impact at the same time,” continues Hintsanen.
The goal of the open design competition for the River Aura pavilion was to obtain a draft design for a floating pavilion to be sited in the River Aura. The portable pavilion will be used for various events, such as concerts, exhibitions and other small-scale cultural events during the Turku Capital of Culture year 2011. After the Capital of Culture year, the pavilion will be available for various organisations operating along the river.
The River Pavilion is set to become an attractive landmark for the Turku Capital of Culture year 2011. The pavilion will primarily be located at the far end of Kristiinankatu Street, next to the Capital of Culture information office.
The design competition was organised by the Turku 2011 Foundation, which is responsible for preparing for the Capital of Culture year. The final owner of the pavilion will be a joint company owned by enterprises that operate along the River Aura.
Members of the Award Committee:
The secretary for the jury was Maarit Kaipiainen, Architect SAFA.
Media material on the awarded competition entries is available at www.turku2011.fi/materials
Thewinning entriesin the River Aura Pavilion competition
1st prize, Orko (Vienna), 10,000 euro
Titusz Tarnai, Architect (Dipl-Ing., M.Sc.)
The architecture of the entrymakes a strongstatement about the importance of environmental protection. The entry holds an unrivalled value of content. The proposed designcreates fascinating locations on both levels. Challenging to implement, it requires additional clarification and simplification on all levels.
2nd prize, Kerä (Oulu), 7,500 euro
Janne Pihlajaniemi, Architect SAFA
The shape of the pavilion is independent and strong. Kerä creates several associations andaddresses the Capital of Culture year themes on many levels. The construction concept is ingenious; it creates a mass, orifices andasurface at the same time. Despite the strong identity of the shape, it merges with the cityscape and the river surroundings naturally, due to the levelofsensitivitythatthe design presents.
3rd prize, Pop (Helsinki), 5,000 euro
Mikko Heikkinen, Professor, Architect SAFA
An interesting, dualistic and practical entry. The design, based on two topics that vary in terms of shape, surface and mood is very convincing through its easiness. A natural but artistic design draws from site specific installations and is enchanting,light,anduplifting. Fit for implementation.
Purchased work, Pelago (Helsinki), 2,500 euro
Arto Ollila, student of architecture
The power and burden of the entry come down to the same detail. The small-scale approach opens interesting spatial and functional possibilities. The link between the Turku archipelago and thethemes of theCapital of Culture year is successful. However, due to the main use and scope of the pavilion, the idea of separating the designinto separate pieces is risky, even though the feasibility of implementation, versatility, and mobilityare arguments in favour of the solution. The approach is fresh and personal.
Purchased work, Ikaros (Tampere), 2,500 euro
Juhana Marttinen, Architect SAFA
The entry holds dreamlike, fragile, simple, and comprehensive qualities. Ikaros has a round shape, very typical for pavilions. The design is troubled by lack of power. The reason for this may be the trivial roof construction. The design has a declarative relationship with the surroundings and the river. The Turku associations are clear.
Honourable mention, Klsoiek (New York)
Hollwich Kushner LLC. (HWKN)
The entry makes no compromises and the associations reach the essence of the pavilion. The simplicity is also the design’s main drawback, andthe designdoes not have the power to become a symbol for the Capital of Culture year. The relationship with the river should be stronger. The design has a fascinating presentation.
Honourable mention, Pyörre (Barcelona)
Mikko Jakonen, Architect SAFA
The entrydraws the path wonderfully to the main area. The route presents the pavilion and the surroundings simultaneously. The bleacher stairs and the stage in the middle of the rampcreate a warm, safe, and welcoming space. Due to the small size of the design and the traffic-oriented solutions, the interior spaces and, in part,the deck spaces, become corridor-like.
Honourable mention, Turkoosi (Helsinki)
Jakob Solla, Architect SAFA
Konkret Architects Ltd
The shape of the pavilion successfully extends the river bank area. Thesympathetic, calm and stylistic design language anduse of materials form, at their best, a highly welcoming centre for visitors withmany attractive possibilities for activities and encounters.Although theaddition of asauna and visitor facilities opens new possibilities and functions,it movesthe design toward privacy, and away from the design’s strongest qualities.
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