The opening of the Linnanniemi area to the expanding center of Turku would make it possible to extend the pedestrian area of the Aura River all the way to its westernmost peninsula, connecting the city to its world-famous archipelago both visually and physically. The former port area opens its doors and invites the townspeople to the village. Linnanniemi also serves as Turku’s seaport and as a business card for tourists, conference guests and business travelers.
“Down by the River” presents a framework for gradual and flexible growth as part of the development of Turku in the coming decades; it is the flagship of a living, inclusive and resource-wise Finland. A variety of outdoor and indoor activities would encourage tourists to stop in the area on their way to the city center.
The completion of the Linnanniemi area would begin on both the western and eastern sides, eventually merging with the new parks in the central area. The Museum of History and the Future would be located near the terminal, from where its rooftop park would serve as a view of the city and the city’s archipelago. The museum also would serve as a natural endpoint on the waterfront boulevard. The Forum Marinum would be complemented by exhibition halls and the nearby beach area with small-scale residential and commercial blocks. The residential blocks would each form their own community revolving around their own courtyard above the bustle of the waterfront boulevard; the street level floor hides both parking and the shops and cafés that activate the beach area.
The extensive beach area would be structured by canals into pedestrian-scale blocks, each with its own distinctive personality linked to the history of the area and Turku. The street network would be implemented as a network – routes and experiences would be freely selectable time and time again.
Traffic in the area would be primarily based on walking, cycling and public transport. Car traffic would be gathered on the north side, along a new straightened collector street, from where service traffic would be distributed towards the shore through comb-like shared space streets. The largest flows of people would be handled by bus and light rail lines, the latter of which are brought directly to the central parts of the area. In the southern part of the area, the beach area would be reached by an automatic bus, both by renting electric bicycles and by walking. Connections to Hirvensalo and further to the Turku archipelago would be made possible by the new Föl and the archipelago ferry.