Harris-Kjisik Architects wins a purchase prize in the Kaarina centre open architectural competition!


The competition task was to improve the attractiveness and liveability of the Kaarina city centre by improving the public spaces, bringing in new housing and services and generating a more pedestrian friendly urban environment. Kaarina is a city of 36 000 inhabitants in Western Finland in the proximity of the historic city of Turku.

Harris-Kjisik Architects’ entry ’Luodot’ was awarded a purchase. According to the jury, the entry contains a wealth of ideas, architectural themes and varied typological alternatives, fusing them all into a coherent urban structure.

The sustainability goals are achieved (among other things) by preserving the existing buildings as much as possible and integrating them into a new framework, and by generating arcades and balcony zones along the building facades for enhancing passive housing principles and simultaneously generating a ’connector space’ between the pedestrian streets and building interiors.

A new proposed ’Archipelago centre’ is a new landmark public building, helping to give the Kaarina city centre a unique and recognisable character.

For more information (in Finnish), see: https://www.safa.fi/kilpailu/kaarinan-keskusta/