Bullhorn Competition

Typesemester design / competition
Year2012
ProfProf. Dipl.-Ing. Herbert Bühler, msa | münster school of architecture
TeamJulian Vogt M.A.(Arch.)
Philipp Schürmann M.A.(Arch.), Wolf Moritz Cramer M.A.(Arch.)

The objective of our proposition for the Malmi transit area is to develop a new city model for the suburban area. We aim at improving the quality of the urban environment to enrich the image of suburbs. As in most suburbs of Helsinki train rails and stations create distinctive borderlines between the different areas of the urban structure and consequently disrupt residents’ natural movement patterns. Despite of a station’s function as a traffic hub and although stations are the centre of these regions they do not support any public life.
In light of these characteristics train stations have the potential to redefine the typology of the public sphere as well as to become centres of public and cultural life.

Design

Based on the existing urban infrastructure our design will transform the path system to allow for flowing movement by lifting the path system above the rails and, thus, connect the separated districts. In so doing, it facilitates a progression of diversified and individual experiences of space. Moreover, public places and generous parks for year-round use will be created.
Besides the highly frequented main routes for pedestrians and cyclists recreational areas coexist, where small shops and cafés stimulate the overall structure. Elevators and stairs will connect the street level lying beneath the structure.
The distinct architectural modelling of the overlapping street- and path system as well as the far-reaching train system is supposed to sensualize the human perception of space.
The main square presents the centre in between the axis of the “ÖvreMalmstorg” and the park at the “Vilppulantie” and will connect the city, train and bus station.
The structure allows an easy and fluid connection to the platforms and at the same time it composes the basis for a public life. The linked public railway building not only offers travel information but also a wide range of cultural entertainment. Hence, we propose to implement a media centre, a café as well as a restaurant there.
The outcome, thus, is a new and active urban space that seduces the passer-by to indulge in leisure and be carried away from aworld of trains disappearing into the vast landscape.This change of perspective will restage the everyday world.

Construction

The folding of the path system with its three-dimensional columns composes a unit of Cembrit and steel.
The columns arrange themselves along the routes and give the structure a light and elegantcharacter. The Cembritpanels will be sustained by a steel construction. This way they offer a highly resilient and weather-resistant upper side as well as high-quality and appealing view from below, which will render a wonderful impression for passers-by. Greenery along the paths is framed by Cembrit panels and gives an ecological accent to the whole strucure. By using modern digital assembly methods folded design can be cutted in individual patterns. Additional illumination is installed along the railings.



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