Nothing Is Impossible

The “Unbelievable Challenge” competition was organized by Finnish firm Ruukii Construction, the City of Oulu (Finland), Helsinki Design Week, and Snøhetta.

Courtesy of Alexandru Oprita and Laurentiu Constantin

Nothing is impossible” / Alexandru Oprita, Romania and Laurentiu Constantin

Designs were evaluated not only for aesthetics, but for energy efficiency, sustainability, and suitability for the harsh climate conditions of the site, the Perävainio district of Oulu. The winner gets a ten-week paid internship at the Oslo office of Snøhetta. There were 243 proposals for a new logistics center for a very singular client: iconic global trading magnate, Santa Claus.

Courtesy of Alexandru Oprita and Laurentiu Constantin

Santa Claus’ Planetary Garden”, El Hadi Jazairy, Chen Lu and Kelly Koh, United States

The jurors were unanimous in their praise for the entries, and singled out several finalists for special mention.
Of the winning project, titled “ Nothing is Impossible” by Alexandru Oprita and Laurentiu Constantin of Romania, the panel stated, “The strength of this proposal is being able to exhibit an idea of surprise and magical character within the building itself.

Courtesy of Alexandru Oprita and Laurentiu Constantin

Santa Claus’ Planetary Garden”, El Hadi Jazairy, Chen Lu and Kelly Koh, United States

The magic happens at nighttime on the building’s facade and there’s a link to Mr. Santa Claus. It is feasible and innovative but not futuristic. It is also well thought through, from land use all the way to detailing.”

Courtesy of Alexandru Oprita and Laurentiu Constantin

SantaPole” / Evelina Vasiliauskaite, Lithuania

By:Delia Chang

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