The new square design combines the historical empire-style with a contemporary form language, creating a high-quality and flexible urban space for social interactions between citizens of all ages.
The green axis running through the square is an important historic feature that we utilize with our proposal. Together with carefully selected materials, the green axis plays an important role in weaving history and future together.
The bordering areas of lime trees in the north and the south are also an important historic feature to preserve. The lime trees create two opposites of urban green: the peaceful, historical southern part and the active, modern northern part. The historical side also includes typical empire-designed planting islands with perennial plantings, whilst the other side reflects a modern interpretation of an urban square with multispecies of trees and more casual planting compositions.
Porvoo square is the most important traffic node in the city from here you travel to or from the town. All the bus, pedestrian and bicycle traffic generates a vibrant urban atmosphere, that isn’t fully utilized today. Instead, the square is dominated by the bus traffic as the station is located in the centre of the square. Which both occupy a lot of space and divides the square.
Therefore, we re-organize the bus traffic from the centre of the square out
in the outskirts to free space for new functions and urban life.
A high-quality canopy or sculpture-like pavilion, made of wood and glass, highlights the monumentality of the square and creates a new identity for the northern part of the square as a natural extension of the shopping street. A new quality pavement stretches out across the roads to the facades to highlight the historic square and create a stronger sense of arrival.
As the square is an important traffic node, it’s crucial to create an easily navigated urban space. A new quality pavement unities the square and creates a distinct urban carpet that together with new urban furniture and a detailed lighting plan naturally subdivide the square and guides you around. Stay and flow areas are subtly differentiated in the pavement
to naturally lead you to the important anchor points while creating calm areas for stay, play and cultural activities.
When arriving at Porvoo Square you easily get an overview of the space and can continue your journey or enjoy the vibrant city life.