Europan 13 winners

First place winners from left to right:
Seinäjoki – Jonna Heikkinen (FI) and Tapio Kangasaho (FI)
Espoo – Borja Sallago Zambrano (ES), Alan Cortez de la Concha (MX), Manuel Pinilla Fernández (ES), Ana Georgina Hernández Aranda (MX), Francisco Crespo Burgueño (ES), Alba Sospedra Arrufat (ES), [not present: Fernando Alejandro Basurto Gallegos (MX), Luisa Daza Reyes (ES)] Jyväskylä – Maciej Abramczyk (PL), Freyke Hartemink (NL), Jarrik Ouburg (NL).



ESPOO – Wild Synapse


Wild Synapse is not a project. It is an attitude. Wild Synapse is a sudden spark in the friction between human beings and nature. Wild Synapse is a way of living in radical contact with nature. It is a Synapse because it links multiple realities concepts we cannot see, but can feel and live. It is Wild in order to let nature run its course. Wild Synapse comes as an answer to multiple conditions. It builds a shelter, a home, a meeting point…but it also fades in the presence of ever changing nature. It is timeless and complex. Adaptable to the inhabitants of today and tomorrow. Adaptable Living.

Our programme comes from the mixture of different agents in Espoo´s territory. PLAYERs + TOYs + GAMEs = WILD CODE. The goal is to link players with a toy and finally with a game. When you coagulate this algorithm, a code appears… and so Wild Synapse occurs. The mixture of all these codes represents the adaptability that the pieces provide, built or not, to our site. On each building, the strategy is the same: we propose two floors for regular housing and two floors for collective housing. It enables the users to feel in touch with nature, because apart from their space in confort, they can enjoy extra space outdoors in harmony with Espoo´s Campus.

 – The Nolli Gardens


Today, through the internet, the individual becomes more attached to a virtual collective and less attached to their physical surroundings. The challenge is to create an attractive local centre whereby the physical buildings themselves form the catalyst for social integration. The original plan of Korthepohja could be described as a series of well defined objects in a open field. The spatial qualities of this open field do not always meet the social qualities.

Our proposal inverts the modernistic scheme. It is the social ambition and public space that shape the buildings. In 1784 Giambattista Nolli drew a revealing map of Rome. He represented enclosed public spaces, such as the interior of the Pantheon, as open civic spaces. For a community these open and shared spaces offer inhabitants a mutable appropriation. The new 4-5 story student building enclose a communal square. On the upper levels the apartments face either the garden or the street. The communal corridor is interrupted by shared ‘Nolli Gardens’, breaking the long vista, and adding collective program and social interaction to the common space.

The building for the elderly is 3 story building enclosing a garden. The apartments face both street and the communal space that doubles as the access to the apartments. This communal space is a winter garden and is programmed with communal activities. A supermarket and a restaurant are located on the ground floor and a 1-story underground parking garage completes the building.

 – Notch



“NOTCH” creates a new dense urban core for Seinäjoki. Heart of the design is the new station structure, which creates a new land mark for Seinäjoki and acts as a visual welcome for train passengers. The Station forms a new node in the city: It serves as a bridge between Pohja district and city center and makes cycling and walking much easier around railway tracks. Also two new underpasses make the connection to Pohja district even easier.

The station area links itself to city center by continuing city centers street lines and block structure still maintaining distinctive visual design, which gives the new area it’s own character. Station building has wide range of functions, from bus and railway station to retail, office and hotel.

Barrier effect of the railway tracks is reduced in visually and functionally by bringing the urban fabric close to the tracks on both sides. New area on Pohja side of the tracks is mainly housing with few retail spaces. It is created as dense housing area, which still has enough porosity due to the shape of the building blocks.


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