The eleven entries for the international bridge design competition Kruunusillat (Crown Bridges) are on display and available for public comment at an exhibition in Helsinki and on the Internet. The jury will select the winner during spring 2013.
Helsinki launched the competition in 2011 by inviting the participation of multi-field teams from around the world. More than fifty teams applied and ten were selected for the actual competition phase.
If implemented, the bridge connection for trams and pedestrians and cyclists would be the longest in Finland, at approximately three kilometres. The connection, composed of two or more bridges, would link the future maritime Kruunuvuorenranta district to Helsinki city centre.
Helsinki seeks to promote sustainable methods, such as rail traffic, and simultaneously to improve the service level of public transport. The bridge alternative contributes to achieving these goals.
Maritime Helsinki is classified as one of Finland’s 27 national landscapes. For this extremely demanding environment, with its important landscape and cultural-historical values, the international bridge competition aims at finding the best solution, worthy of being left as a heritage for future generations.
There are numerous nationally valuable cultural environments in the vicinity of the bridges, the most important of which include the Suomenlinna sea fortress complex dating from the 1750s, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
See the competition works on the Internet: http://laituri.hel.fi/kruunusillat
The competition is a part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme.
The competition entries were submitted under pseudonyms. The team with the pseudonym is only revealed when the winner is selected.