The future development of the Arabia Historic District in Helsinki has culminated in the second round of a two-stage competition. Arabiazza(s) — one of the four proposals selected for the second stage — was developed by team leader Anssi Lassila and comprised of OOPEAA working in collaboration with Lunden Architecture and Gehl Architects acting as a consultant in urban public space. Through a sequential flow of spaces in the form of public squares, Arabiazza(s) fundamentally aims to encourage public interaction. The intent to engage a broad range of people — from students to tourists to workers — inspired the creation of multiple sheltered inner courtyards. The [Arabia] area has seen many transformations over time, and now that the factory that once was the heart and soul of the area is no longer active, the neighborhood is facing yet another new phase of development, writes Anssi Lassila.
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