An International Ideas Competition in a Magnificent Finnish Lakeside City

Viinikanlahti ideas competition

An international ideas competition started off on 15 May 2019 in Viinikanlahti, a highly exciting area close to Tampere city center. Competitors get to design a housing area of over 3,000 residents on the shores of Lake Pyhäjärvi, as well as a leisure time environment for the locals and tourists.

With a population of roughly 370,000, the sustainably growing Tampere is the largest inland city in the Nordic Countries and, together with the neighboring municipalities, forms the second-largest urban area in Finland.

The aim of the competition, which is open to all, is to create a new and ecologically sustainable city district that boasts high-quality architecture and meets the needs of the 21st century. The task is exceptionally interesting: the unique Viinikanlahti area has the most beautiful lake views in the center of Tampere but also involves environmental challenges.

The international ideas competition is organized mainly digitally and is expected to attract plenty of participants from Finland and abroad. A total of 165,000–345,000 euros will be awarded in prizes in the two-phase competition, the winner of which will be selected in April 2020. The competition is organized by the City of Tampere in cooperation with the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA) and the Association of Finnish Landscape Architects (MARK).

Visit the competition website and download the competition program.

Source:, photo by: Lentokuva Vallas.

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