The contest is in keeping with Helsinki’s aim of building a digital city in collaboration with different actors
Helsinki has announced the winner of its contest to find a unique and scalable 5G base station for the city. Judges chose five entries from a 32-strong field and the city put it to a public vote.
The winner is Stadika by designers Keny Muesa, Pekka Selonen and Aaro Sariola, who receive a prize of 20,000 Euros. Second place and a prize of 10,000 Euros goes to Reflect by Arni Aromaa, Jari-Petri Voutilainen and Simon Örnberg, and third prize and 5,000 Euros to Kehikot by Jukka Jokinen and Heikki Konu (see winning images below).
The Finnish capital collaborated with telecommunications companies Elisa and Nokia, and design expert organisation Ornamo, on the project which set out to find a model that would blend into all environments and become a natural part of the city.
The design had to take into consideration the needs of usage and technology as well as the user experience and ease of maintenance and installation. The contest aimed to find a solution that attached to existing infrastructure but could also be self-standing.
Using a design competition to find the right model of base station fulfilled one of Helsinki’s key objectives of building a digital city in co-operation with different actors.
“Its dynamic forms speak of a futuristic purpose of use and tell a story of a jointly constructed city environment"
The jury described the winning entry as a simple, “but still interesting base station model”. “Its clean shapes combine technology and design in an excellent manner. The exterior can easily be branded without it losing its recognisability and it can be seen as a functional part of the city environment,” said the judges.
“The base station builds user interaction not only through its informative lighting, but also through its different purposes of use. The base station does not steal the attention, but it can be recognised easily. Its dynamic forms speak of a futuristic purpose of use and tell a story of a jointly constructed city environment."
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