Clean Vallisaari innovation competition
Clean Vallisaari Innovation Competition leads Vallisaari to a new age
City of Helsinki and Metsähallitus announce the Clean Vallisaari Innovation Competition on 1 March 2016. The organisers of the competition are looking for creative and viable technical solutions to enable the development of the historic island into an ecological destination for nature tourism and recreation.
The competition has three main themes:
– Sustainable water supply and sewage treatment
– Sustainable energy solutions and efficient use of materials
– Innovative solutions for user interface and systems management
The competition runs from 1 March to 23 May 2016.
The organisers encourage entries by multidisciplinary teams, which, alongside the technical solutions, take account of the originality of the islands and the tourist perspective. An objective of the idea competition is to find potential partners to cooperate with in the future development of Vallisaari. The eminent jury will judge the entries in August. The Chairman of the jury is Bruce Oreck.
The innovation competition is part of the implementation of the Six City Strategy – Open and Smart Services project.
Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari
Located next to Suomenlinna, the closed military islands Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari will open to the public in spring, when a boat service to the islands starts on 14 May 2016. The islands, which are connected through banks of earth, are Metsähallitus' nature tourism and recreation resort, which is a significant complement to the tourism offerings of Helsinki. The islands are expected to attract 300,000 visitors annually.
In the spring, a café and harbour services will open on the island. Other upcoming services include guided tours, attraction signposts, resting places and dry privies. An excursion harbour will also be constructed on the island. The marked routes lead the visitors to the finest historical attractions and vantage points. A major part of the islands will be preserved as a protectorate in natural state. Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari are part of the development of maritime Helsinki.
Image: The City of Helsinki