Three sub-areas create the Linnanniemi area, each with its own unique identity and character; the Castle area, the Port area and the Museum area. The historical environment of Turku Castle is the cornerstone of the plan and the unifying element. The castle park extends to the banks of the Aura River, forming an oasis of recreational opportunities. Rainwater management creates the base for an area of high biodiversity.
The Forum Marinum’s environment is being developed towards an active urban cultural centre – where the city’s maritime history is told through a variety of indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces, like the flexible event
square by the water, where many cultural events can take place throughout the year. The port area has been inaccessible for Turku’s citizens for decades. With our proposal, it’s re-activated and integrated with the city life, utilizing the proximity to water. The area will be developed into a centre of trade, innovation and tourism. A unified beach promenade connects the three areas, stretching from the Forum Marinum in the east to the old Passenger Pavilion at the top of the Harbor Quarters. The identity of the promenade changes along the shoreline reflecting the character and atmosphere of each part.