The Unbelievable Challenge – Logistics Centre for Santa Claus

What is your unique, inspiring and innovative solution for Mr Santa Claus’ logistics center?

Category Idea Competition
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Workplace
Country Oslo, Norway
RegDeadline 17 November 2014 GoogleCal iCal
17 November 2014 (via Online)
Eligibility All

The big idea. What is your unique, inspiring and innovative solution for Mr Santa Claus’ logistics center?
As a responsible constructor and investor, Mr Santa Claus wants to revitalise the area that is mostly known for its huge car parks, unattractive industrial buildings, fences and CCTV cameras. We can no longer spread cities out and build warehouses in the middle of nowhere. Mr Claus wants to set an example by densifying the existing area and making it attractive for all kinds of uses.
We are looking for proposals that make the most out of the concept of a logistics center and that turn it into a fascinating solution that considers architectural values. It can be a comprehensive solution or it can be a single innovative technical solution. You are free to utilise Ruukki® Products in your proposals (see the competition website front page > Ruukki Products).
The site is located in Perävainio in the city of Oulu, which is a busy logistics hub in Northern Finland, located just 10 km from the city center, Oulu Airport and harbour, and a few hundred kilometres from Mr Santa Claus’ headquarters and factory in Korvatunturi.
Since the competition site is largely undeveloped, it’s important to consider the connection between architecture and nature.
Developing the concept of Mr Santa Claus’ logistics center to this part of the city will set a visionary example of how to make the whole area attractive for new uses. The objective of this logistics center is to attract investors and companies to an area where various functions coincide, creating an inspiring cityscape.

Eli Synnevåg (Senior Architect MNAL, Snøhetta, Norway)
Marta Sękulska-Wrońska (Architect and Partner, WXCA, Poland)
Petteri Lautso (Director, Sustainability, Ruukki, Finland)
Kari Korkman (Founder & Director, Helsinki Design Week, Finland Honorary Member of Aalto University – School of Arts, Design and Architecture)
Ritva Kuusisto (Architect, City of Oulu, Finland)
Santa Claus (Investor, Korvatunturi, Finland)

The submitter of the winning proposal is awarded a fully paid 10-week internship for one person at Snøhetta, the international architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and brand design company in Oslo, Norway. The internship will begin at the end of August 2015. The intern will be given the opportunity to work on interesting projects corresponding to their area of expertise and interest. The approximate total value of the internship is € 25,000 (including salary, taxes, deductions and rent for an apartment in Oslo). The details of the internship will be agreed more specifically between the winner and Snøhetta. If the winning proposal is made by a team of more than one person, that team will choose the intern.
Additionally, the jury will award the winning proposal and a minimum of four (4) other proposals with a cash prize of € 1,000 each, and may also give honourable mentions.

Entry Fee

A lying (‘landscape’) A2 document, maximum three pages (including Diagrams, Plans)
Concept description in writing (maximum one side of A4)

Results published: First week of December

Ruukki in co-operation with Helsinki Design Week, Snøhetta and the City of Oulu

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