Architect
Vapaavuori Architects
Completion
2019
Themes
Finnish Architecture. Biennial Review 2020
Category
Transport and communications buildings
Tags
canopy corten glass steel stone transport
Prizes
Finnish Architecture. Biennial Review 2020
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The Kakola funicular in the southeast slope of the Kakolanmäki hill in Turku is the first funicular built in Finland. It began to operate in the spring of 2019. The funicular is part of the former Kakola prison area development on the Kakolanmäki hill between the city centre and the harbour.

The two sculptural station buildings were designed by Turku based Vapaavuori Architects founded by architect Pekka Vapaavuori, designer of Kumu, Art Museum of Estonia in Tallinn. The buildings consist of technical spaces and a passenger waiting hall. The upper station is situated by Graniittilinnankatu Street and the lower station by Linnankatu Street.

The traffic is controlled by separate entrance and exit doors. The canopies on the doors offer shelter to the passengers. The elevation materials are corten steel, glass and stone.

Location

Graniittilinnankatu 1, Turku
60.44228704, 22.24313827

Images

View from the Graniittilinnankatu Street, Kakola Funicular Stations
View from the Graniittilinnankatu Street, Kakola Funicular Stations (© Vesa Loikas)
View from the slope, Kakola Funicular Stations
View from the slope, Kakola Funicular Stations (© Vesa Loikas)
Entrance from the Graniittilinnankatu Street, Kakola Funicular Stations
Entrance from the Graniittilinnankatu Street, Kakola Funicular Stations (© Vesa Loikas)
View from the slope, Kakola Funicular Stations
View from the slope, Kakola Funicular Stations (© Vesa Loikas)
View from the slope, Kakola Funicular Stations
View from the slope, Kakola Funicular Stations (© Vesa Loikas)
View from the slope, Kakola Funicular Stations
View from the slope, Kakola Funicular Stations (© Vesa Loikas)
Entrance from the Linnankatu Street, Kakola Funicular Stations
Entrance from the Linnankatu Street, Kakola Funicular Stations (© Vesa Loikas)
Entrance hall, Kakola Funicular Stations
Entrance hall, Kakola Funicular Stations (© Vesa Loikas)
Upper station section plan, Kakola Funicular Stations
Upper station section plan, Kakola Funicular Stations (© Vapaavuori Architects)
Upper station floor plan, Kakola Funicular Stations
Upper station floor plan, Kakola Funicular Stations (© Vapaavuori Architects)
Lower station section plan, Kakola Funicular Stations
Lower station section plan, Kakola Funicular Stations (© Vapaavuori Architects)
Lower station floor plan, Kakola Funicular Stations
Lower station floor plan, Kakola Funicular Stations (© Vapaavuori Architects)