Our concept proposes and anticipates movement in two directions:
I. Inland, city scape—renewal trough architectural interventions
II. Waterborne, floating space—vessels on water as embassadors for art, cultural production and exchange
Our methodology: architectural montage. Existing structures, resources and fragments will be renegotiated and renewed. Others will be fresh—based on core ideas that will form new constructs which contribute to this perennially-growing tapestry.
--NUMBER 1 TIMBER-RAFTS
Four of our measures allude to various fragments of the hero's ruptured body.
Timber-rafts and arcade-passages (see plates 1 and 2) densify Helsinki's spatial pattern; they enfold within the city-scape elevating and invigorating existing axial movements.
--NUMBER 2 ARCHADE PASSAGES
--NUMBER 3 STAIRS
The stairs (see plate 3) function as a greek arena facing the spectacle within the mirage—port of Helsinki—which pays tribute to the beauties of the »city dancing by the water«, the white and the black swan.
--NUMBER 4 ARTLANDINGS
If we proceed to make a quarter turn to the right at our pivotal point, a funnel shaped park spreads down to mattolaituri which is the heart of our project—the literal place for exchange , cleansing, and renewal—overlooking a beautiful site yet to be explored, the artlandings (see plate 4).
Positioned along the extended axis of the arcade-passages and starting at the observatory—the pivotal point of the project—the stairs follow a gentle downward motion towards the landing of our waterborne embassador, the boat HERO-CITY(see plate 5).