The city of Hämeenlinna is situated in the southern part of Finland with almost 70000 people in the municipality and 50000 people in the city proper. The city is defining itself as the perfect town in between Helsinki and Tampere, both in distance (60 min. Helsinki, Tampere 45 min.), size, affordability and for its high quality of life.
In Hämeenlinna the Urbego team was given an open task of formulating new scenarios of how the city center could evolve together with the rest of the city. The focus of planning in Hämeenlinna is taking place around the city center – e.g. in the former industrial areas north and south of the station, the area around the swimming pool and the new shopping center and housing blocks build on top of the motorway.
This leaves the city center encapsulated by a ring of new evelopments, but alone in terms of planning. A new shopping center has been built over the motorway, as a bold move to both create a connection between the inner and western city and to close the open wound that the motorway has given the city. The area is not opened yet, but it seems like it will not create the wanted connection but instead be another limiter of the city.
Was this the opportunity for Hämeenlinna to have a new symbol for the city, that could have become a modern version of Venezia’s Rialto Bridge?
Rethinking Vila Pedreira
Solutions for an informal neighbourhood market
by its stone pit