Tampere Travel & Service Center

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Year: First prize in competition 2014, on-going masterplan process

Client: City of Tampere, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency, VR – The Finnish Railway Network, Finnpark

Program: Expansion of existing train station and masterplan for the surrounding area

Size: 210.000 m²

14 million journeys are made with long-distance rail travel in Finland each year, many of which are via the city of Tampere. About 5 million passengers pass through Tampere railway station every year, making it one of Finland’s busiest stations. By 2040, it is estimated that the number of people visiting the area will increase to 20 million.
The new Tampere Travel and Service Centre will become a gateway to Tampere and the rest of Finland, but it also has the potential of becoming a generator for the future development of the urban centre of Tampere. The master plan introduces an intermodal transportation hub in the heart of the city as part of a development plan for uniting the city center. By introducing a diverse urban structure that extends from east to west, and across the railyard itself, the project provides a robust foundation for unifying two distinct sides of Tampere’s city center once and for all.

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Tampere railway station 1890.

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Tampere railway station 1932.

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Tampere railway station 1954.

Historically, Tampere’s railway has been a central part of the development of the entire city. At the center of Finnish industry, the railway is crucial for the city connecting it with the rest of the country.

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Tampere is the third larget city in Finland. It is an important connection point on the north-south going railway through Finland.

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The railway is a main artery for the city, but the tracks divide the city in two.

Today, the city centre of Tampere is divided in two by the railway tracks that run through the city. The area is characterized by urban backsides and poor connections across the railyard.

Urban camouflage
reconnects Tampere
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An urban camouflage weaves the new built structure into the existing pattern of the city.

The project creates a unified city center, in which the Travel and Service Center acts as a new urban heart. The development will heal the urban center, expanding it across the railway yard, from east to west.

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3 Strategies

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1. Unify and connect – “The Camouflage”.

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2. A green lung in the city – Tampere Central Park and “The Arcade”.

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3. The intermodal transportation hub – The heart of the city.

By seamlessly stitching the two grids together and proposing a direct extension across the tracks, the city is re-connected. The strategy of camouflage eliminates a large scar in the city fabric created by the railway tracks.

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The east side of the city is located on a higher level than the west. The train station mediates this difference in height, creating a new urban condition.

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The gap between the two grids creates a unique urban condition at the edge, where the east side meets the west.

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The urban deck above the station will include a diverse mix of urban spaces along with retail, housing, commercial and cultural programs.

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A green lung
in the city
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The landscaped areas act as a counterpart to the rigidity of the city grid. This green lung introduces a slice of the wild Finnish landscape into the city.

The Central Park, Tampere’s new green lung, will be located at the connection point between the old and the new city center, providing the citizens of Tampere with an exceptional urban meeting place all year around, and a recreational landscape in the center of Tampere.

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The new park creates a high-quality green space at the very center of the city.

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An arcade transforms the existing backside of the rail tracks into a new front side opening to the city. It’s extroverted programming contributes to the active and diverse urban life at Tampere’s heart.

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Mobility hub for
20 million travellers

The new Tampere Travel and Service Center will be the first station in Finland to connect all modes of public transportation under one roof, eventually facilitating public transport for up to a 20 million annual travellers and commuters by 2040.

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The station provides effortless connections- whether by train, tram, taxi, bus, bike, or by foot. The traffic network intersects the city ring road and generates a new way of moving around the city & the region.

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The Tampere Travel and Service Center is an urban & regional infrastructural hub that can stitch the various transport forms together in a fully integrated way that is intuitive to navigate.

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The station is split in three levels, making it possible to closely link all different modes of transportation seamlessly together.

The new urban heart, an elevated plaza on top of the Travel & Service Center, will be a covered public space, able to be used all seasons of the year. Here visitors can experience Tampere and locals can enjoy a vibrant city center- full of its life and energy- 24/7, 365 days a year.

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Location: Tampere, Finland, On-going masterplan process

Client: City of Tampere, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency, VR – The Finnish Railway Network, Finnpark

Program: Expansion of existing train station and masterplan for the surrounding area

Size: 210.000 m²

Year: First prize in competition 2014, on-going masterplan process

Collaborators: Lundén Architecture, Rambøll, Colliers

Team: Andy Minchev, Ania Pieranska, Bart Smets, Clara Kynne Schmidt, Dan Stubbergaard, David Boss Jessen, Eik Bjerregaard, Eveline Petcu, Francisco José Gómez Tirado, Freja Bak Petersen, Hugo Lebrunet, Laura Diestel, Liv Moodie, Maja Halle, Petteri Salokannel, Simon Sjökvist, Ted Schauman, Teresa Fernández Rojo.