The centre of Kontula is a growing local centre, which will be developed into an increasingly compact and diverse neighbourhood centre. The centre and the shopping centre are located at the junction of the metro and the planned Jokeri 2 Light Rail. The area has diverse services, the premises of the shopping centre are well utilised and there are lively association and culture activities in the area.
Inaugurated in 1967, the Kontula shopping centre is Finland's largest open space shopping centre. The lively shopping centre offers daily commercial services, such as three large grocery stores and two pharmacies, hair salons, a florist, an Alko, a cobbler, a driving school and a swimming hall. The shopping centre has many public services, such as a health station, a library and a youth centre.
An architecture competition is arranged to find a new direction for the Kontula shopping centre. The competition is organised by the companies that own business premises in the shopping centre area.
The competition concerning the development of the buildings and the cityscape in the area started at the end of February. The purpose of the competition is to find a workable overall plan for the area, whose ideas can form the basis when the city starts preparing the local detailed plan. The competition is arranged to figure out the development possibilities and the extent of the reshaping. The ideas can then be used in the planning process, either entirely or partly.
Five architecture firms have been invited to the competition. As a result, the organisers want to see high-quality ideas for the cityscape, which are also technically and economically sound. The competition is organised by four real estate companies that own the buildings in the Kontula shopping centre area.
The winning proposal is selected by the end of September 2020. A decision on the planning and later stages of the area will be taken later.
The city participates in the arrangements through the real estate companies that it owns, as an expert in the award jury, as a landowner and by offering raw data of the city space in the area to the competitors.