Once the Turku Castle was lying on a tip of land surrounded by water as the iconic entrance to the city. However, layers of land reclamation, construction and infrastructure has changed the landscape dramatically and hidden the castle from its historic greatness. In the years to come visitors will be able to sense the past while looking into the future.

The area should become a place of contrast and excitement – an area to experience the historic traces of Turku, get a feel for the Finish landscape and experience a broad range of leisure activities, exhibitions, and creative businesses by a unique waterfront.


Looking centuries back, the maps reveal quite different layouts of the site. From the time when the castle was solitary positioned on the cape connected to a small artificial island by a simple bridge, over the time when industry and railroads took over, to the present with traffic and ferry terminals.

Historic traces of the area will work as a guideline for the masterplan, visitors will get a feeling of how that area has evolved through the last centuries and experience traces from several different time periods.

The historic island south of the castle is reestablished to house the Museum of The Future and The Past. The Museum of History and The Future will play the key role in this story – and be a jewel of contemporary architecture right in the heart of the area. The museum becomes the center point of the whole area and several pathways leads through, into and over the building complex.

  • Location Turku, Finland
  • Client Turku municipality in collaboration with the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA) and the Finnish Association of Landscape Architects (MARK)
  • Year 2020
  • Status Competition entry
  • Program Idea competition for the Linnanniemi area of Turku
  • Site area 365.000 m²
  • Floor area 149.000 m²
  • Team Rune Veile, Sara Buhl Bjelke, Arne Cermak Nielsen, Ieva Valskyte, Javier Sainz, Jasper Au

Linnanniemi TURKU FI

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