Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

10 April 2012

Campus 2015 – architectural design competition

Aalto University, Finland

Competition period: April 5 – August 10, 2012

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Campus 2015 - open international architectural design competition for Otaniemi central campus of Aalto University

Invitation to open international architectural design competition for Otaniemi central campus of Aalto University Campus 2015


Aalto University Properties Ltd is organising an open international competition for the design of the Otaniemi central campus area. The competition is divided into two phases.

Phase 1 Competition assignment consists of designing a lively central campus area for the use of Aalto University and the whole Otaniemi science and research community.

The competition period will be from 5 April to 10 August 2012.

A competition jury will select approximately six best proposals for Phase 2, in which the competitors will design the new building(s) to be constructed in the area. The second phase is scheduled to start in November 2012.

The competition can be entered by persons who have the right to practice architect's profession in the country where they qualified or in the country where they practice the profession. It is recommended to have competing teams of experts with versatile qualifications in urban planning and building design, landscape design, traffic design and ecologically sustainable solutions.

The total prize sum is EUR 300,000. Signing up is via the competition website. The competition will be launched and the related documents released on 5 April 2012. The competition language is English.

Contact information

Aalto University Properties Ltd
Lämpömiehenkuja 2 A
02150 Espoo

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About the Competition

Aalto University Properties Ltd is organising an open international competition for the design of the Otaniemi central campus area. The competition is divided into two phases.

Competition Format

The competition is arranged as an open international two-phase architectural design competition. Phase 1 focuses on producing a functional, general-level plan of the central campus of the university. The competition jury will select approximately six entries for further development in Phase 2. The final number of entries to be selected will depend on the results of Phase 1. 

Phase 2 competition task is to produce a more detailed plan of the facilities that will be used primarily by Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

More detailed design guidelines and further development recommendations will be provided at the beginning of Phase 2.

The competition is arranged under the competition rules of the Finnish Association of Architects. Closer instructions and details regarding the anonymity of participants are provided in Subsection 7.4 of the competition programme (‘Confidentiality’).

Competition Schedule

The competition period of Phase 1 begins on 5th April 2012 and ends on 10th August 2012.

The jury will select competitors for Phase 2 latest by November 2012. This is also when the Phase 2 of the competition begins for those who have been selected to go forward. Competition period of Phase 2 is about three months. The jury will make its decision on the winner within three months.

Competition Languages

The language of the competition is English.

Competition Prizes

The total prize sum in the competition is 300,000 EUR.

The prize sum will be distributed as follows:

Each candidate qualifying for Phase 2 will receive 20,000 EUR as soon as an approved Phase 2 entry has been received.

The rest of the award sum, 180,000 EUR, will be distributed as follows:

1st prize 60,000 EUR

2nd prize 45,000 EUR

3rd prize 30,000 EUR

and at least three purchases of 15,000 EUR each

The prizes will be paid via SAFA. At least six candidates will be selected for Phase 2. The winners will be announced after Phase 2.

Competition Task

The purpose of Phase 1 of the competition is to design an attractive, lively centre for the campus area. The floor area to be located in the competition area is between 48 000 - 52 000 m2 (gross floor area). Additionally, a complementary building area of 8 000 m2 is indicated to be located on the site of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

The competition task in Phase 2 is to produce a more detailed functional design for the buildings. The buildings will primarily be used by Aalto University. The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) will use the majority of the spaces.

Competition website: http://campus2015.aalto.fi/en/