Helsinki South Harbor Proposal / Macyauski Research & Design

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This ’s new South Harbor proposal, designed by Macyauski Research & Design, is envisioned as the iconic gateway into the heart of the city that serves its tourists and travelers aesthetically and effectively. Its strong urban connection between the waterfront and the city has been simplified to efficiently activate Helsinki’s South Harbor. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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Programmatically the required terminals have been concentrated into one fluid and pristine envelope. The museum, tourist center, and market place have been redesigned to respond to its contextual adjacencies while remaining within the language set forth by the terminal.

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The proposed landscape transforms its pre-existing industrial zone into a modern public plaza, market place and urban park that provides the residents of Helsinki with an activated urban environment. The sheer size of the site’s perimeter allows for users to experience the project while exercising along a 4K elevated jogging and bike path. Views to and from the site are carefully considered to not impede any previous vantage points from Helsinki’s historic buildings and harbor.

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Helsinki South Harbor Proposal / Macyauski Research & Design" 16 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • hell-sinking

    is this submitted for the competition? it’s horrific.

  • Jai

    Simple and Sweet, I like it!

    • matei

      too simple… too sweet – but this is not architecture nor urban design

  • ana

    The competition is still ongoing, what kind of idiots publishes their proposals beforehand? They will be disqualified !?!

    • Silviu

      Don’t worry it will not win anything anyway. The contest was very strict, saying what can or can’t be demolished. They demolished a historical monument, all the passenger ports, customs and administration buildings and modified the harbour bank. They have no idea how a port works, how the ships un-load people, cars and trucks. In my eyes what I see is SAD ! A idea made in 30 minutes.

  • Rembo

    1) “Macyauski”?! How the heck do you say that?!
    2) I’ll serve YOU aesthetically and effectively.
    3) Looks like a bunch of saggy balls.

  • Karly

    Very cool! Its a very pretty design. I would like to see what the inside of those bubbles would be like though!

  • Ucat

    I thought this competition was anonymous until the winner is decided on… Does this mean that this entry is disqualified?

    All the proposals can be seen and commented on here:

    • Abdelrahman Azmi

      Thanks a lot for the link :)

  • alvaro

    haters gonna hate

  • Beek

    I’m pretty familiair with Helsinki and the south harbour area. I don’t think this proposal blends in with the area and the rest of Helsinki…

  • Corbu

    This is awful. AWFUL. Someone PLEASE tell me this isn’t the winning entry to this competition.

    • JayM

      The competition is still on, so no, this is not the winning entry.

  • klamb

    looking at all the other entries i’d say this is better than all the other ones. all of you saying this is “horrific,” let’s see your brilliant proposals.

  • Corbu-hoo Ima Baby

    Legit proposal. Thankful to see inspiring projects like this on here. And seriously… oodles of jealously oozing from these negative remarks.